Picture: 40′-high wave splash after hitting rocks at the base of the coastal cliffs, Bonny Doon Beach, Santa Cruz County, California

Image: 40'-high wave splash after hitting rocks at the base of the coastal at Bonny Doon Beach, Santa Cruz County coast, California

Relentless; A good word…

You may have noticed my web postings have been more quiet of late, especially here on the weblog. I’m currently wrapping up the writing for my current book project on photographing in Northern California. Writing has been relentless. Self-editing has been relentless. Fact checking (a.k.a. “Righting”) has been relentless. I just want to give a special shout out to my Father-in-Law, Richard, for his help with editing, my wife, Connie, who’s incorporating the changes into the manuscript, and to Laurent, the publisher, for his patience and understanding as we bring this baby home.

If someone asks me, what advice do I have for others who might want to do something similar? Simple. Consider how much time you think it will take you, then double it. Then triple that amount. Why? It’s beginning to seem pretty consistent; everything feels like it takes about 5 times longer than I thought it would.

So what can you do about it? Also, simple. Just keep moving forward. Relentlessly.

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5 Comments on “Relentless”

  1. Wesley Says:

    Gary, good luck with the book. Follow up posts describing your writing process would be so welcomed. I ask selfishly, as I’ve embarked on a similar project (writing a book, though not on photographing northern CA:) and have scraped and tripped and suffered gracelessly through the process of…defining a process. Ouch. Who’d have thought??

    I received a degree in writing from UC Boulder but in all that time, not one class covered process (or craft), while most books I’ve encountered address creativity. My challenge – and I’m curious to hear whether you faced something similar – has been to organize my ideas and the concepts I work with cohesively, and also to have a modular approach that allows areas of my project to scale as new ideas spring up.

    Regardless, I hope the rest of your project goes well!

  2. Richard Wong Says:

    Good luck Gary. That is a powerful image.

  3. David Leland Hyde Says:

    Keep going, Gary, and best to you. That’s right, that’s the key. Never say die and don’t let up. Whew, this is my lesson and path right now too.

  4. Vicky Jimenez H Says:

    Maravillosa , Excelente . Me encanta . Felicidades .

  5. Mark Says:

    I wish you the best in finishing it Gary. I imagine it is much like website design – it ends up taking so much longer than you imagined. Cool wave, reminds me of a storm last fall I witnessed here in the Great Lakes. Waves crashing against the bluffs were huge.

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