So, obviously, it's been fairly slow going with the epic history of the Reds. That's not really so much the fault of my work schedule - which has been a bit hectic the last couple of weeks - but more a function of how I write.
I try and be organized when I sit down and write something of any length. I like to have all my notes together and an outline that I continually work on and refine. And I have all of that. I wouldn't even be trying to do this if I didn't. The biggest problem is that I'm not really a writer. What I am is a researcher. While I like writing and I like communicating what I learn, the fun of all of this, for me, is diving into an archive and mining it for everything that I can find. In the end, what always happens, is that I can't let the research go. I can never say that enough is enough. I've never said "I've found all I need. Let's sit down and write it up." The unofficial motto of this website is "The research is always ongoing." And it always is.
The stuff that I posted over the last couple of days is a perfect example. I knew that Dillon, McSorley, and the brothers Blong had gone to Notre Dame. I knew when Dillon and McSorley were there. I had a good idea of when Joe Blong had been there but I didn't have a good source on the exact year. So guess who has a great online archive? The University of Notre Dame. Guess what I did? I dove into that sucker and spent a lot of time reading the Annual Catalogues and the student newspaper from the era. I can't even begin to tell you how much fun that was. And now I'm rather well versed on baseball at Notre Dame from 1866 to 1873. That's totally cool and I found all the information I needed but it took time. I may have gone on some research tangents while submerged in all of that. It happens. It happens to me a lot.
But, in the end, it makes for a better, more accurate piece. There's stuff online about the history of Notre Dame baseball but it's kind of vague and mostly unsourced. That doesn't help me. Reading the Notre Dame Scholastic from the early 1870s was helpful and it's Research 101 - go to the contemporary sources. I had no plan to get into all of that stuff but it's what I always find myself doing. I have a question and I can't let it go until I answer it. I can't let it go until I find the evidence I need. That makes me a good researcher but makes it damn near impossible to keep to a writing schedule.
Having said all of that, I might get the next bit of this chapter up tomorrow. If I do, it will be in the evening. That might be it for the chapter but I'm not sure. I'm trying to figure out when and where to introduce some biographical information on the players. I thought that was going to go into the second chapter but I might slide it into the third and fourth. I'm going to sit down and write Thursday and I'll make the call then.
I'm really happy with what I've written so far. It obviously needs to be edited and reedited and the notes need to be cleaned up a bit but this is going where I want it to go. It's going where it needs to go. I'm very pleased. I just wish I had more time to write or that I was disciplined enough to make more time to write.
I am who I am and I write this just to let you know what's going on. Don't worry if I'm not getting things up everyday or some time passes between posts. I'm working on this thing and we're going to see it through to the bitter end - which, at the rate I'm going might be sometime in March 2018. When I typed that up just now, I accidentally typed "2028" and almost left it that way. Heh.