Thursday, January 11, 2018

Olive Oatman Typos, Revisions, Contrition And Closure

January 11, 2018
   Last pass at the Olive Oatman package. The issue starts uploading to the printer in Liberty, Kansas this afternoon. Lots of hangouts, revisions and questions.  Went for a walk up to Morningstar for inspiration and saw this:

Sister Saguaros On Morningstar

   I am often inspired by the saguaros in my neighborhood, like this sweet little scene from a couple weeks ago:

Moonshot Saguaro Inspiration

   Came back to the studio and wrote up a new introduction for the entire package. Shot it off, via email, to Meghan in Texas, and she came back with a couple revisions and, before I drove into work, we ended up here:

   In 1857, Olive Oatman’s ghostwriter said this about her life story: “Much of that dreadful period is unwritten, and will remain forever unwritten.” Never say never. Here we are, 161 years since the Rev. Royal B. Stratton wrote those words, and we are ready to look at the brutal truth. Did Olive suffer a “fate worse than death” during her years of captivity among the American Indians? What follows is a closer look at the historical evidence. 

   Yes, that is exactly what I want to say. Now on to the 15 other typos and map revisions. Should finish by noon. Hard work, but it keeps me off the streets.

"There are days when the result is so bad that no fewer than five revisions are required. In contrast, when I'm greatly inspired, only four revisions are needed."
—John Kenneth Galbraith

1 comment:

  1. After you've already stared yourself blind at the piece... one more time. Go Boze.


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