Homeward bound

I’ve been working today – though I haven’t quite completed – the sixth of my seven chapters that follow three principal characters over sixty years. I started, being me, with the seventh, but I’ve been working my way back to it ever since.

Once I’ve finished the sixth I shall jump, firstly, five years forward, then one year at a time until I’m home. This brings me to my featured photo today. It’s a photo of a section of my garden at home- the place where I always return, homeward bound – to my garden and my wife, who doesn’t like me taking her photo.

I took the photo with my Pentax KP cropped sensor camera using a 16-85 mm, f/3.5-5.6 lens at 70 mm and f/8. The ISO was 400 and the shutter speed 1/25 seconds.

I say that I’ve been working – that’s only partly true. I started work as usual this morning, but had to stop after twenty minutes or so. My brain was fogging up again – so, I had a break before restarting this afternoon. I’ve managed about 1800 words.

Once I’ve finished this chapter, it will be easier to work in smaller segments. I’ll be covering shorter periods of time, not having to account for changes over the previous nine years. One year should run fairly seamlessly into the next – I hope.

I will, though, need to think carefully about how things fit together. For it to end before I reach my final chapter – if that sounds Irish, my surname is Murphy – everything needs to have been resolved for Sandra and Luke to be able walk off, hand-in-hand into their future together, having been so needlessly separated forty years earlier.

Some of tomorrow will need to be planning time with less writing.

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