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I am coming to the group as a budding writer and asking for your advice. I will be starting research on two (wildly) different subjects this year. One I hope to eventually turn into a magazine article; the other a museum exhibit.

My question is: how do you organize your notes? Do you use one notebook at a time and tab it for particular sources or subjects; or do you use a series of notebooks for different parts of your research or story?

My first project concerns a man named Ed Murphy, who ended his life as the “Mayor of Christopher Street” and first came to notice back in the early ’60s as one of the defendants in some infamous extortion cases. William McGowan wrote a fabulous article about Murphy, the people in his ring and the victims in The Chickens and The Bulls. My personal interest is that I met Eddie Murphy and liked him. After his past came to light, I have yet to be able to sort out my feelings about him, particularly the irony of ending up as an iconic gay pride figure. I hope my research will help answer some questions.

The second is the transcription of logbook from a whaling ship that sailed out of Greeenport, NY in 1847. The barque, Philip I, went all the way to the Crozet Islands in the southern Indian Ocean near Antarctica. The log was penned by a man named William Smith Beebe, who was not the ship’s master but may have been first mate? Lots of mysteries and interesting things to explore, not least of which is the beautiful handwriting on a ship that surely was rolling and rarely calm.

Thank you for any help you can give me.

 

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I am a decent cook. Mom was a decent cook. Gram was a very good cook. (It was her job for 18 years to cook for the elderly at an extended care facility.) I watch lots and lots of Food Network programming and shows with Gorden Ramsey. I am not afraid to try new things and typically throw things together rather than follow recipes. I also tend to shop without a list which means that sometimes, things can fall by the wayside. Continue Readering »

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