I want to thank everyone who commented on this post about that Ukraine book I want to write. Your support really means a lot to me. This past week was kind of bad and annoying, so seeing those encouraging comments made me happy. 🙂
As for the book itself… I’m working on getting an outline together so that I can define the scope. I want to have a good idea of what I’m going to write about before I start doing serious research for it. Otherwise, the research just gets too confusing very quickly.
While we’re on the topic of this book, I’d love to know your opinions about footnotes/endnotes. The only lengthy nonfiction writing I’ve done has been in academic history, where people just love content-rich footnotes/endnotes. What this means is the notes don’t just contain citations of sources, but actual information as well. For example, I used footnotes in my final thesis project to put a random discussion of hot air balloons carrying massive portraits of Stalin in the countryside of the Soviet Union in the 1930s. It was an interesting fact, but didn’t fully fit in the paper itself.
Honestly, I think reading these notes is kind of a pain. You have to flip back and forth within the book and that gets tiresome after a while. Do you think it’s a good idea to try to avoid doing this sort of thing for the Ukraine book? I’m inclined to avoid it if possible because I want people to actually read what I’ve written.