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This book is written for adults, and the main strengths are social history, explained in terms of the technology and science of the eras visited.
Chapter headings (open to revision past chapter 7)
Progress report, August 2012
As sometimes happens, the ms turned sullen and nasty, because the story line was sloppy. I completed the draft and went ugh! On the side, I have been planning a series of histories for young readers, and I decided gold would be a good topic there. So I took the material I had, and picked the eyes out of it to produce a 30,000-word book called Rushing for Gold (working title). It uses the same research material, but is an entirely different book. I like it! There are a few doubts: at the moment, there are 304 source footnotes which probably have no place in a book for this age, so I will probably lift those out and create a companion web page. I really do want young readers to have the option of checking my quotes and looking for the context or reading more. That said, it works really well.
So I have decided to go back and look critically at the other material I had, either in the complete Hunger for Gold ms of 70,000 words, or in the base research material (>250,000 words), and while keeping the story line that works, produce a more detailed and complex work for older readers, by bolting back on some of the discards, like the material on the "alchemists" and their fraudulent tricks.
This file is http://members.ozemail.com.au/~macinnis/writing/gold.htm
It was created on January 1, 2012, revised 22 February 2012, when the first draft was about 60% complete. On March 30, the first draft was complete, but there will be a load of thinking going on in the next few months, so I won't revise the chapter list just yet. Last revised August 20, 2012.
Here are some pictures to look at while you are waiting.
The home page of this set is here.