My mate Ramki in Chennai has been developing an absolutely brilliant interactive front end in Flash, because this will be a Web site, a CD-ROM and a book, all working together. We have been working on Eyre's journal as the first example/test case, and we are starting with a map of Australia, with the route traced by Eyre, a few hot spots that show what was happening at different points, leading into a major slab of Eyre's journal. The aim is to bring people to primary source material, but also to interweave the different accounts and link the common themes that occur. So I am busy . . .
I am still doing radio talks about Bittersweet and also about Rockets, I need to be on top of the poisons book, and I will soon be into picture research for that, while getting stuck into exploration and mapping — when I retire, I plan to complete two books a year, so I am going to have to get my head around even more things at one time.
Plans for the next book have changed, and I am looking at a major history of Australian exploration. Once again, it will involve some travel, but more of that later. The last couple of weeks have involved a number of radio interviews, some from the ABC's "Tardis", a single-person studio at Ultimo in Sydney that makes it sound as though you are in Adelaide or wherever, instead of Sydney. Others have been by phone, and while those people have all said nice things, they are a self-selected sample, because people who did not like the nook would not bother. The amazing and flattering thing is that most of them seem to have read the book! Still, we will have to wait and see what the reviewers say in the next few weeks.