The Garret Tree
Saturday, July 22, 2006
  Sonkrai and other updates
So I haven't done much blogging since last March. Both work and life were busy.
Time for some updates

The Sonkrai Tribunal

The next advance cheque arrived from the publisher in the mail Friday. So looks like things are on track. My editor has promised the manuscript will be back in my hands in the third week of August. What was going to be a quiet summer of course is now in the hell of a new Middle East war and so there's lot to do and not really enough time at work. But I intend to get my edits out of the way as quickly as I can, just in case things get a lot worse. Publication is set for May 2007.

Courier companies
(March post)
The monitor did arrive the next day, and it is what I am using to type this update. But the fact that the monitor did arrive hasn't stopped my disdain for courier companies. I still get better service from the Post Office.

Digital delete or digital archive?
(December post)

Last December I wrote:

I heard the phrase "let's see what develops" recently, as two people, on a date, were discussing the early stages of what might be a relationship or perhaps a friendship or perhaps the cliche of two ships that pass in the night.

Developing, of course, is an analogy from the age of film. And on "developing" I said of the new digital photographs:

The image is there on the screen immediately. It can be morphed, but no longer are there those moments when something evolves from a blank pale piece of paper into what may be a stunning work of photographic art or just a mugshot.

Well there was the fourth alternative, not a relationship, not friendship, not the ships that pass in the night, the one alternative I didn't think of then, but it is also a cliche. The ship hit the rocks and sank.

But in the digital age, what do you do once the ship has sunk? That is with the pictures I actually took? You can leave them on the hard drive, you can delete them or you can store them away, along with the memories. As I told some friends in an e-mail it was a lot of fun while it lasted, so it's all backed up a DVD and stored.

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I write in a renovated garret in my house in a part of Toronto, Canada, called "The Pocket." The blog is named for a tree can be seen outside the window of my garret.

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Name: Robin Rowland
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I'm a Toronto-based writer, photographer, web producer, television producer, journalist and teacher. I'm author of five books, the latest A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal. The Garret tree is my blog on the writing life including my progress on my next book (which will be announced here some time in the coming months) My second blog, the Wampo, Nieke and Sonkrai follows the slow progress of my freelanced model railway based on my research on the Burma Thailand Railway (which is why it isn't updated that often) The Creative Guide to Research, based on my book published in 2000 is basically an archive of news, information and hints for both the online and the shoe-leather" researcher. (Google has taken over everything but there are still good hints there)

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