Still, I have some main ideas. I'm working on several supporting essays, too, ones that I might submit elsewhere as essays or articles, especially my China articles. I find footnoting materials extremely painful, especially when your sources of information span dozens of books, many of them 1000 pages or more. With poetry books or even short story collections, its far easier to do.
Meanwhile, I've completed reading Michael Coadi's "Going By Water" which is a collection of poems about a fisherman, a fishing village, important people, and the passages of life. I found his poetry went from the ordinary, day to day, into the eternal. Some of the poems were just heartbreaking.
I've also finished Pearl S. Buck's East Wind / West Wind and am eager to read more of her books. I found her story simple, but rich with detail and insight, very useful to read on my PC Kindle reader.
Also started "China's Democratic Future" By Bruce Gilley, it seems highly speculative and tracked information through "The Search for Modern China" by Jonathan D. Spence.
Part of my problem with doing this essay is I want it to be very well written and use lots of references, both from the class and to the work that I'm doing on the novel. It's spawned useful information for scenes that take place in the novel, useful characters to include in the subplots and some good ideas about how to shape the future view of the world and setting, many of these undefined until now.
Yesterday I delved through space vehicles, thinking about how much of this I will include and the exact type of science fiction to target: the alternate universe, etc.
Meanwhile, I've already heard of several writers glomping onto my planned work so I guess I need to keep the overall story extremely flexible until the very end. Its not that I think they'll write the same story, its just that readers of science fiction look for a new spin all the time, something to whet the appetite. That's the way I always read science fiction.
We've got an appointment to visit the lawyer next week about the contract for the illustrator and the drawings. I checked out the US Copyright webpage and the US Patent and Trademark page just so I know how to deal with the drawings and get a good grips on how copyrights, trademarks and patents are handled.