I finished the second pass through Chapter Nineteen of Draft Two. I’m leaving for Germany and Greece in three weeks, so I’m going to spend the next stretch preparing for the work I intend to do there. I’ll be working on third-draft-level material that’s takes place in late 1969, when, at the age of seventeen, I went to Europe and spent four months hitchhiking and taking trains. Although I’m taking the laptop, I’ll be writing by hand. Before I leave, if I’ve finished all my prep work, I’ll make a start on the second draft’s Chapter Twenty. The events of that chapter show up in the first chapter of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill. It tells the story of my moving into the back of a friend’s VW van, then being forced out, and ending up, at long last, on the street.
Before I go, I’ll finish and post “Peak Oil, Part Three.”