Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Rear Guard Action
This seems to be what I will be doing in my spare time for the next year and a half. Me, and my buddy who just finished a biography of William, Prince of Orange, later to be king. He's awesome with archives. He's awesome in writing. I was honoured to be asked by him to cooperate on a book.
The idea is that we don't just write the next account of Waterloo, although that hasn't been done in Dutch for quite some time. My buddy brings along a mastery of the political, cultural and social history of the period, both in the Netherlands and Europe. I bring my military and economic interests. Together we can make something special happen.
We have a publisher. We have a rough deadline. We have a rough planning and a rough outline..
For me this is and incredibly exciting idea. A once in a lifetime opportunity and somebody who will kick my butt and keep me on track.
This will require an unprecedented amount of self control and focus on my part. It will probably mean me taking unpaid leave for a few months.
So it also should mean I will be posting here less. And it should mean that when I post, I will not be all over the place, and more about Waterloo than before. Life could be worse for you.
In this rear guard action, there's an opportunity for a counter attack. And I'm taking it.