Please don’t get me wrong. I am not at all dissatisfied with my writing. It’s not perfect I know, but I am pleased with what I have done so far. The reason I’m saying this is because I have been thinking about how I can introduce a narrative thread through the posts.
Now, what is the thread and how do I weave that thread, but what is it? I’m trying to work that out. I thought last night that I could write about parts of the journey and the link would be the journey.
The thing about Gosport is that it literally is stuffed with history. Every street has a story to tell. That story might be a recent one; I don’t think our street existed a hundred years ago. The first mentions of Rowner & Alverstoke were around 942AD. The intervening years have seen incredible changes. I would love to devote more time to exploring those years, but it will be done in dribs and drabs, as that is all I feel able to give at the moment. Research takes time and resources, both are limited. So, I will do what I can.
Several years ago, I started playing the Augmented Reality Game Pokemon Go. I enjoyed playing the game on my morning walks, initially because the way the game works enables you to learn things. I had the idea of writing a book about the history of Gosport but weaving it into the game. I even spoke to a lady who publishes local history books, not a specific conversation for the purpose of writing the book, more to see what she thought of the idea. She didn’t laugh me out of court. I never went ahead and did it – I don’t know why, probably something distracted me and I didn’t let myself create the time.
Now with this blog, and with the fantasy holiday that I am conducting on my facebook page I am writing and researching every day. I am not going to give either of these activities up. Certainly not this blog, and I will see the fantasy holiday through to the end. But it is taking time. I can use that time when I finish these activities. I never really intended for there to be separation of content between Facebook and here, it just seemed to happen that way.
This is Post No. 271 of 366. There are 95 days left to go, that’s just over three months to go, and the Fantasy holiday is scheduled to run to almost the end of the year. I have been thinking what to do next. A unified project that works across both platforms is the way to go, and it pretty much has to involve history and gosport. So, I know roughly what the project is (subject to change of course). I can think about planning as a sideline.