The Satisfactions of Basic Research

These days I am ploughing through newspapers in preparation for writing volume 2 of “The Drive“.  This is the grunt work of research, getting the basic narrative spine established.  It is absolutely essential, but rarely exciting — and I have several months more of it to come. Still, there are the occasional surprises and pleasures.

A couple of weeks ago, for example, I found a 40 year old newspaper article, along with a picture, about someone I know, and she was so pleased to see it.  That’s always fun.  Yesterday, I found a map of the ancient streams and creeks that used to run through the neighbourhood. It was prepared in 1978 and may well show information not available from any other source.  That’s exciting.

If I find one of these types of things ever other day or so, it helps make the basic gruel a little more satisfying!


4 Responses to The Satisfactions of Basic Research

  1. eepy Post says:

    Good to hear you’re writing another volume on The Drive, Jak! I’m looking forward to it. What time period will this one cover, or do you know that yet?

  2. jakking says:

    Hi eepy! This is a continuation of “The Drive,” taking the history from the mid-1950s through to 1999.

  3. Keith says:

    The process makes me think of the reality series Gold Rush Alaska, where tons of material is processed at great effort to reveal a few ounces of precious material. We look forward to the results.

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