A suitable setting

I started yesterday’s blog by letting you know that I’m moving onto proof reading. One of the first things that I said I wanted to address was the setting – to change the basic setting of Codmanton from the textile industry to the kind of industrial town that I grew up in. The main industry of that town was glass manufacture. Hardly any of that town’s former industries remain now, but my photo today is of the St Helens World of Glass Museum and the furnace chimney that now serves as its entrance.

Let me say immediately that I know next to nothing about glass making. I’ve worked for many organisations – but none had anything to do with glass. My son once asked me, “Why don’t you work at Pilkington’s like everybody else’s dad?” The reason that I chose the picture is that it is a relic, in a way, of that era. There are no remaining structures to remind me of coal or gas or chemicals – in St Helens. The pithead winding gear is gone as are the gasholders. This furnace chimney remains.

I began, then, by amending all the references to the textile industry, save one. I can justify that one in that many modern technical textiles owe nothing to wool or cotton.

I’ve reformatted the entire file ready for uploading as a Kindle eBook when I’ve finished. That task has automated the job of getting rid of lots of minor problems. Once I started re-reading, however, I was horrified to discover just how one-dimensional many of my characters are, so I have made my next task to try to do something about it. Fortunately, as soon as I started writing, what I think Stephen King would call my Muse kicked in and all sorts of ideas simply flowed to improve that problem – to my mind at least. I’ll read it again once I’m done with the first proof read.

I don’t have much else to say today. I’m about halfway through the fourteen chapters but there’s probably much more that needs to be done at that end of the book.

Today’s photo was taken in August 2018 at a visit to the Museum. I used my old Pentax K-50 16 MP cropped sensor camera with the kit 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 19 mm and f/11. The ISO was 100 and the shutter speed was 1/125 seconds. The shot was handheld and the image converted to black and white in Lightroom.

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