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Word Count: 6,681/50,000
Word Goal: 1,667
Words Written: 1,295

I'm way below my wordcount today and tomorrow I'm going on a day trip to the next state. Agh but something strange happened today. I'm so tired today it's not even funny. I woke up at 10am, ate breakfast, sat down, did some work and writing, got super tired around 3pm, slept until 5:30pm, still felt exhausted, ate, and now it's 8pm and I'm ready to go to bed.

I hope I'm not getting ill or anything, but I know better than to deny my body when it does funny things like this, so I guess I'll go to bed.

With the fun part (the folklore part) being over, now I'm really in Chapter Two - the passenger ship section.


Write about James exploring the RMS Maloja, and maybe start James version of an adventure. I'd imagine a little boy could do wonders with those thoughts in the middle of the open sea. There's also so much potential with all the other passengers on board.


1. It's really scary to do research into passenger shipping in this era. Perhaps because World War 1 and World War 2 came so closely together, and things were still tense, so many of these ships met early ends - torpedoed by U-boats, they accidentally hit ocean mines and that's on top of the usual risks of collision with bad rocks, and dangerous waters around places with such ominous names like 'The Skeleton Coast'. It makes me grateful for commercial air travel today, though acknowledging that unfortunately, sometimes commercial planes do get caught in the crossfires of war (RIP MH17). But overall, air travel really is better.

2. I get to learn about ships - something I've never really looked into before. James' father is a naval man, and he has very little regard for these behemoth passenger ships, he prefers the speed and power of the Dreadnought warships.

3. I learned a little about Liverpool port today, but not enough. However it was taking too long, so I decided to describe the farewell scene rather generically. It occurs to me that I should flag these sections that I want to return to, but I"m hesitant because I can get caught up in that as well.

4. It was still frustratingly difficult to find exactly which ships traveled to Japan. Many made the long journey to Australia, and there are some resources on China. There are the occasional ships that are listed as transporting passengers to Japan, but the information on these tend to be the ones that were torpedoed in WW1.

In general it's fascinating to have a brief glimpse into the British shipbuilding industry during this era. It really was a time where marine dominance included civilian transport, not just merchant shipping and naval power.

On a hilarious note, I realize that giving James' family the surname 'Morgan' makes his father Captain Morgan. Ah now I'm wondering if I should pull out my Spiced Rum :P

Here is a picture that reminds me of my Model UN days in College from the internet:


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