Well, that’s it. I have completed listening to all my recorded interviews with Lena from 2003 and 2004. 174 hours. Mostly played back at 50-100% speed. Originally recorded on a Sony MiniDisc player, then converted to mono 20 minute MP3 tracks.
Listening has given me some new information. I have additional insights into Lena’s childhood and teenage years. One is crucial to the story. So has the listening time involved been worth it? Yes, as it has helped me get into Lena’s character and helped me with the timeline of those two years we spent together.
Here is a snapshot of Draft #2. No printing it out this time. Just thinking of the trees…
I will then edit this Draft #2 to remove the duplications and add background material from other sources. Quite a list of source material to get through, including many works by Sir Martin Gilbert. This will give me Draft #3. This should be ready by the end of this month, or early September.
Draft #4 will be the first draft in narrative form, as opposed to bullet points. I am hoping that this will just be converting my notes into narrative but who knows how that will go?