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Re-Mapping the road narrative project: 05/05/18
When I initially started / re-started the road narrative project in 2015, I either reviewed books that I had read as research or I posted essays of either compiled thoughts from the literature read or updates on the over all process. This essay is one of those updates, or roadmark essays, if you will.
Since January, I have been posting one road narrative review and most weeks I am also writing and posting an essay. This means the body of work is steadily growing. Before things get too disorganized, I need make clear what I'm working on and where I am in that process.
In the last three years, the project has amassed 258 reviews (as of posting) and thirty-two essays. At the start of 2018 I realized my reviews had become too numerous to make any sort of sense of what sorts of road narratives I was most interested in. To make my focus of research more obvious, I stopped categorizing them just alphabetically and moved instead to organizing them by the sub-genre or major trope I had classified that book as falling under.
Now although I'm still under three dozen essays, I felt it was time to re-categorize the essays by their broadest topics, rather than just alphabetical. Here, though, the immediate goal is help me focus my efforts. Namely I need to know what essays to write next, especially in areas I haven't focused enough on.
As the project continues I might adjust the categories. With only thirty-two essays I went with very broad topics. I suspect as I put more of my notes, thoughts, and quotes down into essay form I will need more granularity in my topics.
The recategorized essays are available from any page from the Road Essays tap in the header.