Uhh, this is the most daunting project task of all. I have a lot of drafts. I walked out of the cabin tonight and thought, well, I can save myself a lot of time and energy by finding the last draft I worked on – it’s on the computer. Pete arose to occasion when I mentioned this to him and said that he’d assist me in finding my most recent draft and, in addition, assist me in putting my computer files in order.
Hearing this, I breathed a sigh of relief. For the past two years, every time I look at those files, I’ve been thinking that I have been over my head on this one.
All the other writings that I found just fell into their rightful order. Not this one. The piles, like the seedlings, just seem to have a life of their own. They’ve just kept on going.
I might be wasting my time doing all this. Maybe nothing will get published. But at least I’m being a responsible self-archivist. This is important – it is going improve the morale of my biographer, who, feeling less overwhelmed, will do a better job.
I am my deceased friend Bill Fuller’s biographer. Right now his papers, journals, and photos are stashed beneath my desk. He did not, before he died, put anything in any particular order. I’m now not sure when, if ever, I will be able to do this and also write his biography. If he’d left his stuff in better order, I’d have no problem with it all. I am hoping that at some point in time, that a family member steps up to the plate and organizes this material for me.
Summer is coming. I’d like to have my own stuff in order by June 1.
139. 5/19/20: The Writing and the Riding Life