The good news, I was on the right track. The problems are rather easily fixable, and within my ken and know-how. He had specific suggestions in some instances, and in others an array of possibilities. A good start to regaining the beat and rhythm of the project.
Over the past month, I have been obsessively transcribing the James P. McPherson diary -- it was the one thing that I could do that I knew was right and moving in a forward directions. But in the last week, not so much transcription. Actual writing and putting together bits and pieces that make the diary come alive have been my focus. Also I really like the bit that I wrote about J.P. getting his land and building his house. That scrappy Scot's pride in at last having his own land, building a house on that land for his family, spoke to me. That 150 year old diary allowed me to share in that pride -- for J.P and his family, but also for the scrappy Scot's DNA that streams through our family.
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