Elaine Forrestal

Sailing with Rose and Jose again

It is great to be back on the Uranie, sailing with Rose and Jose, seeing remote and exotic places, facing the threats of pirates and cannibals, learning about ships and the ever present dangers of storms, disease and starvation.

I am always amazed at how real a story becomes when you are working on these later stages of the book. The characters follow me around. Even when I am not in my office sitting at my desk, they are always with me. Sometimes they talk to me, whisper things in my ear or shout ‘That’s not how it goes!’ Then, just when I need them to help me with a difficult section, they are nowhere to be found. Luckily for me they do come back and by then I have either solved the problem myself or shelved it and moved on. That’s the good thing about re-drafting. You can always put an idea or a scene aside and come back to it later. By then you have dealt with a whole lot of other problems and this one seems really easy to deal with. It’s just a matter of putting in the time and the concentration.

Speaking of which, I had better get back to it.

The sailing ship Uranie anchored off Timor in 1818