Saturday, January 25, 2003
Big news in Mooro Towers. The first book is currently technically not quite a book. It’s an 80,000 word Word and .pdf document (although I’m proud to say it was written in BBEdit), and it’s been shopped around agents and publishers in London and Dublin for some months now. Some were interested, some took over a year to reply, and some kept their opinions to themselves.
But that might all be about to change – it’s all still up in the air, which makes me nervous, but it’s looking like I’ve found a publisher. And not a bad one either. I’ll not say more till I have a contract in my hand, but it does mean the Canada trip is now subject to change if I’m working on rewrites and edits. A good problem to have, but it’s making it hard to get down to work on anything until I know for sure.
On the bike front, I’m been comparing the putative Carpe Diem with a Cannondale T2000. I’d say both are great bikes, but the wheelset options on the CD don’t include any 36-spokers, which seem to be a good idea for real touring. And the Cannondale gets great reviews and is not a cyclocross/touring hybrid, but a pure-bred tourer (albeit with an alu frame). Maybe I get the CD with the spec I want, and get some chunky touring wheels elsewhere.
British military endeavours in 1812? You’re thinking Napoleon, right? So was I until I discovered the young republic of the USA invaded British North America from Detroit in that year, eventually burning York (later named Toronto). The struggle went back and forth, with a British fleet eventually arriving in Chesapeake Bay and torching Washington. The Treaty of Ghent returned the borders to the way they’d been before, and everyone went home. But the strange set of differences and similarities between North Americans on both sides of the border is perhaps encapsulated in this war – there was nobody more like a proto-Canadian than his cousin across the border, but they still went to war (with the native Americans on the British side, the US receiving French support, and most British subjects in the area being Francophone). How what was to become Canada went from a sparsely-populated set of provinces with little clout to the most powerful of all the dominions by mid-late C19 is a story I’m interested in hearing. If only I could be bothered to do any work.