I apologise for not having written earlier; I was too busy writing.
The last time I wrote to you all was on my final day in Vietnam, and today – three weeks later – is my final day in Laos.
They’ve been three highly rewarding weeks.
I’ve finally finished transcribing 32 hours of the most critical material – interviews, meetings, and phonecalls – which will form the backbone of our feature-length documentary, Sisters For Sale.
A Hmong friend has graciously spent several days assisting me with more precise translations of my Hmong-language interviews, revealing some unexpected new facets to our story and those caught up in it.
I’m now busy scripting the documentary – that is to say, looking back over the past 13 months, sifting through the incredibly complex mass of material collected in that time, and shaping it into a clear and coherent story which can be effectively conveyed in only 90 minutes.
It’s a fascinating process. For the first time, I’m able to step back and truly appreciate all I’ve been through on this strange and continually surprising journey. What you’ve seen here on my blog really is only the tip of the iceberg – I’m looking forward to sharing the rest of the story with you!
More than that, this process of reviewing and analysing The Human, Earth Project has triggered a storm of ideas which may yet lead us all in some very interesting directions…
What if this is just the beginning, and the best is yet to come?