Just a quick post today as chapter 11 of Seven Graves, One Winter mentions the hotel boat. You can see it in the photo above. “Inuk II” on the left. We had been in Uummannaq less than a week and already everybody knew who we were, although we had yet to really meet anybody. I think it was the very first weekend when the hotel owner stopped Jane and me on the street and asked if we wanted a free excursion in the fjord. About a four hour trip. We of course jumped at the chance, thinking it was very friendly, and thinking nothing more of it.
Well, nothing’s free, is it? Shortly after pulling away from the dock, I realised I was to be the translator, from Danish to English, for the tourists who had booked the trip. Ah, the trials of being a Native Speaker! And that, was the first of many such translating gigs, private English lessons, business negotiations. You name it. I chose to get “paid” in kind, and made the most of getting family on fjord trips, or borrowing a snowmobile for the day, etc. Even a drive around the fjord on the sea ice.
So, even in this short post, I think you can see that even back in 2006, the ideas for writing Seven Graves, One Winter in 2018 were “in development”.
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