Monday, 25 January 2010
Scottish Mountain Guide - finished!
Six and a half years ago I signed a contract to write a guide to the Scottish mountains for Cicerone Press. Three days ago I posted the manuscript and photographs, work that has taken far, far longer than I envisaged back in 2003. Many weeks and months of research, both in the office and on the hills, eventually produced over 200,000 words and 287 photographs. The packed work, over 800 pages plus several CDs, weighed over 5kg and I carried it down the snowed-in track from my house to my car in a rucksack before driving to the post office and seeing it disappear. Finishing the book, which at times seemed always in the far distance, has left me feeling relieved and elated. Now the books and maps piled up next to my desk can be moved back to their shelves, now I no longer need feel at every spare moment that I ought to be working on the Scottish book. Now I can start work on other books!
Photo info: On Ben Loyal after a spring snow storm. Canon EOS 350D, 18-55@30mm, 1/500@ f8, ISO 100, raw file converted to JPEG in Lightroom 2.6