2020 - A Year in Review


Well... I'm not sure what to say about 2020 except that it wasn't boring. From the flooded basement in February to Covid-19... it has definitely been a year of the unexpected. I'm hopeful that 2021 will bring a bit more routine but... who really knows. We, at least, still have our health and a health stock of toilet paper.

In the meantime, I thought I would do a bit of a year review. Other than a few weeks during the flood/mud of basement adventures, I managed to maintain my goal of publishing one blog post a week. And, in reviewing the list of published blogs, I managed to cover a fairly wide variety of topics related to Josef Jakobs. Some closely related... some more tangential.

At one point, I thought that I might be running out of blog topics but, after re-organizing my notes from various lists... I find that I have a good 100 blog topics in various stages of creation - from ideas to rough sketches to almost ready drafts. No shortage of something to write about it would seem.

I also received a number of emails from people who found the blog or website and had some tangential connection to one or more of the individuals whom I have researched. That is always exciting and one of the reasons why I keep doing this. I love making those connections and am always hopeful that some day, some one will have a new tidbit that might be the key to something treasure trove of information.

The Book - The Spy in the Tower

The Spy in the Tower has been slowly getting a few more purchases. My attempts to get The History Press to post a North American news release about the book were met with promises and yet... nothing materialized. And then Covid-19 hit and... here we are.

Travel

I had plans to make a trip to England in August 2020 to visit the 1940s Weekend in Ramsey but... again... Covid-19 put and end to that. I don't see any England trips in my future any time soon... Although with a vaccine possibly in the works (as I write this in November)... one never knows what the future might bring.

Research

On a brighter note, I made full use of the National Archives "free" file downloads and happily stocked up on all sorts of Security Service files. There will be no shortage of blog posts once I begin mining those files...

Next Book

I have also been collating and reorganizing all of the research material I have gathered on Robin W.G. Stephens over the years. My ultimate goal is to turn it all into a book. Whether I will publish that via The History Press or go independent via Amazon... remains to be seen.

I don't know what 2021 is going to bring but... I fervently hope it is a step up from 2020. In the meantime... stay safe!

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