Sails in the sunset

Well, it hasn’t quite been plain sailing today, but I’ve finished my re-read/proof-read/re-write of my story ‘Sixty Years’. I haven’t thought of a better title yet. I did Google it to see if anyone else was using it as a title, but I found no matches. I thought a while back that the book would be a novella but, almost without noticing, the word count has crept to more than 41,000 words and, just, qualifies as a novel. Not War and Peace, but then again, I’m not pretending to be a Tolstoy.

I couldn’t spot any major changes that will be needed. The text all seemed to read okay, but I’ll consult a couple of other people, whom I can be sure will let me know of anything that looks odd. For now, though, I’ll reformat it for Kindle so that this second draft will be more readable for my proof readers. I’ll also supply them with copies of the reformatted Word text to note whatever revisions they suggest. I’m guessing that they’ll take a month or so because they’re busy people.

The last few chapters I’ve been looking at today have featured Luke much more prominently than earlier in the book. In a way he’s been like bookends: always there until 1965 and then a bit-part player until 2001. Of course, there would be no use for Luke at all unless Sandra were there. In these last chapters, Norman is merely part of history. He’s lived his sixty years an departed, but it’s Sandra and Luke who end the book in their sixtieth.

I said yesterday that, for a week or two, until I have something to say about re-writing Persephone’s tale, I’ll devote this blog to posts about photography. I won’t be saying anything that you can’t find in more detail elsewhere on the internet, but I’ll be giving the viewpoint of a 77 year old amateur who has neither the cash nor the fitness to devote to perfection. I’ll concentrate on how to do things better with less, if you like.

Today’s featured photo is one I took four years ago – the 8th October, 2016 in fact – at West Kirby Marine Lake on the Wirral Peninsula, Merseyside, UK. Why there? Well, Luke lives in Mereside Close, overlooking a lake on which sailboats skim the water. I’d like to think that Luke and Sandra saw something like this as they strolled around that lake.

I took the shot using a tripod at sunset with my old Pentax 16 MP cropped sensor camera using its 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens at 50mm and f/16. The ISO was 200 and the shutter speed 1/80. The image looks out to Hilbre Island and the Irish Sea.

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