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In hopes of easing my own workload I’m moving to a Monday/Thursday posting schedule.  There are a couple of reasons for this:

1. I’m becoming a bit stretched for time and, at the end of the day, this project is the only thing I can really cut back on without major ramifications.

2. I don’t feel like I’ve really been able to process the letters as much as I want to be able to.  I’ve become so focused on getting them posted on time that I’m not really able to work ahead and read through the letters thoroughly, and since the whole reason I started this was to get some perspective on my father, that’s a problem.

So this is the future and what I have to work with:

  • 2/3 of the letters left
  • 14 hours of audio
  • a book of letters he wrote to his folks
  • a box of photos (50 or so)
  • another box of photos and negatives (200+)
  • wedding album (when it’s located)

Ideally I would like to get a couple dozen letters in the bag, find the pictures that correspond, and (once he gets to Vietnam) post the audio I have stuck on my laptop (thanks again to everyone who donated to help make that possible).  Doing all of this three times a week increases the manpower/post ratio to the point where it goes from being a fun me-project, to a deadline-driven publishing job.  And as I already have a job, I need the fun-me part more than ever.  I hesitate to mention it now, but if time keeps getting crunched, it may even go to one post a week until the summer when I don’t have any classes.  But I hope it won’t come to that.

So that’s the plan Stan.  (I’m not being coy, Roy.)

As always, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments.


Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


How it all works

We publish every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
For a quick rundown of the family, start by reading this post
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