Having written a few early chapters as a pantser, to warm up, I’ve now stepped back to lay a firm structural foundation, which will take a month. Thereupon, I will return to writing the novel, which I plan to complete next Spring.
Today, I resume writing this blog post on a weekly schedule, which necessarily will be abbreviated, as most of my writing time will be going into the novel. However, importantly, I’ve already done most of the research for this new novel, which you can find by inserting “Ubaid” in the search bar and reading those posts at your leisure. Virtually everything in the prior blogs will play a part in my new book. Although the research for the novel is complete, I haven’t stopped researching, and continue reading articles and academic papers and watching videos on the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, and Early Bronze Age in the Middle East, South Asia, and elsewhere. The best, I will set aside as the centerpiece of weekly blog posts.
This week, I received my copy of News & Notes, the member’s magazine of the Oriental Institute, Issue 232, Winter 2017. I found on pages 4 through 13, the splendid article, “Farming in Ancient Mesopotamia, and how the Oriental Institute helped us understand it,” by Hervé Reculeau NELC, CV, OI. I highly recommend you read this, as it is the most comprehensive single article I’ve found that puts the Ubaid agricultural achievements in a proper perspective alongside other early pioneers in the region.
I hope you’ll enjoy the article. Thanks for visiting.
R. E. J. Burke