Timeline…a fun addition!

I have just added a timeline here on my website – wow it’s interesting. It’s so large that it is almost impossible to read on the screen. Luckily, the page describes what is in the image and there is a downloadable version for a more detailed view.

This has been my project as a part of Behind the Cave Wall: Osha’s World – the accompanying guide that I have been working on for the last few days. I am thrilled with how it has been progressing. The intention is to release it just as an e-book at present (the pages will move by clicking on them – it looks like a real book!) however, if there is enough interest, I may look to have it produced in print.

As a a part of this project, I have been returning to a lot of my research that I gathered over the last year. As I have always said, it is not my intention to ‘dumb down’ (a loathsome phrase!) the history for children. Instead, I will make the ideas in a lot of historical research more accessible, while maintaining the information and facts that are put forward.

In particular this week, I was thrilled to be able to make contact with some people behind the research and images that I have filed away! One of these was the anthropologist Leslie Van Gelder, who very kindly allowed me to use a lovely image of finger flutings from the Rouffignac caves, which I had come across when reading about their use as evidence of children’s involvement in cave painting. Through forensic analysis, they have been able to determine that these particular markings were created by a young girl around 13/14,000ya – perfect timing for Osha!

This has been one among several communiques with copyright holders. As I stated on social media the other evening, it’s a lot easier making the stuff up!

The deep end

Having made this decision to self-publish, I am now having to confront my near-crippling fears that I’m not good enough. We all have anxiety (particularly when facing the unknown) but somehow I have managed to convince myself it’s a good idea to throw myself into the deep end and…I have just never been ANY good at diving!

Consequently, I am standing at the edge with the dark abyss in front of me and I wish I could see the bottom. That is always the worst thing for me. Looking down and being unable to see where the journey will end. The greatest fear is not that I will hit the water, but that somehow, like a still from a Warner Bros cartoon, I will land smack on the concrete at the edge and…well I guess you know how that would end…

At this point in time, I am just about climbing the ladder to the diving board. I can’t see the pool, (which is a good thing) but I know it is there…waiting for me.

So that is where I am this week…