In looking back over this intensive writing weekend when I put in a minimum of 21 hours writing on my KDP, I discovered some new/old truths which may help others of you who are also procrastinating about certification….
Truth #1: starting is the hard part. While I may not be having all the “fun” that Judy Russell did when she wrote her KDP, I did find it liberating to get started. (You can find her webinar by clicking here.)
Truth #2: Mix it up! I did some reading, some writing, some citations until I found, I really wanted to tackle the genealogical proof summary–and so I did that all day Sunday.
Truth #3: Take breaks. I didn’t take enough of them but should have taken a few more–maybe even a nap. These can be as small as watering the plants (Lord knows they need it.) or going to a picnic. They were great ways to disengage the mind. I even played a few computer games.
Truth #4: Get some sleep. I missed on this one. I didn’t go to bed until 1:00 am most nights and woke up groggy the next mornings.
Truth #5: Take time to read the BCG Application Guide, to remind yourself of what you might have forgotten and re-read Genealogy Standards. (It’s just dawned on my that I don’t have the latest edition on my iPad.)
Truth #6: Make sure you have Numbering Your Genealogy and Evidence Explained close at hand. I cannot tell you how many times I opened both. For a while I thought I was catching a breeze but it was only the fluttering pages of those two books! :-)
Truth #7: I stunned myself how organized I was when I first started researching my family. I have used Master Genealogist (sigh) since 2002, and my goal then, as it is now, is to find every source with the desired evidence within 20 seconds or less and I can!! I found a critical 1978 letter that I forgot even existed — in 20 seconds. Course, I also found that I had misfiled a probate file and now I have to go back and get it. Most of the sources I am missing, I never had.
Truth #8: Don’t store your BCG envelope next to a window. It can get wet. Luckily, none of the truly important stuff did–but still–where was my head?
Truth #9: I found myself losing focus on Sunday at 8:30 pm. So I quit and watched WDYTYA and went to bed. It was time.
Truth #10: Do it again! The next KDP Writing Weekend #2 is scheduled for Labor Day. 3.5 days! I don’t know if I can stay focused that long. I may have to mix it up with some library work. We’ll see.
What I have done since the last posting: Well, you pretty well know, but I also structured the OGSA program for the 2016 conference in Excel and sent it off to the Board for their review, attended a PS-APG picnic, prepped my next presentation on “House Histories–Thank You Taxman!” for the Northwest Genealogical Conference (NwGC). I present on Saturday. Saw a Call for Proposal that looked right for my librarian friend and I to apply for. (She and I have been looking for some time to find the right venue for us to present–we are going to sit down and brainstorm a presentation.)
The BCG Application Guide. Board for Certification of Genealogists: Washington, DC, 2011.
Board for Certification of Genealogists. Genealogy Standards. Nashville, Tennessee: Turner Publishing, Company, 2014.
Curran, Joan Ferris, Madilyn Coen Crane and John H. Wray. Numbering Your Genealogy: Basic Systems, Complex Families, and International Kin. Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2008.
Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: City History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Third edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015.