Getting closer

Ark brown Chevy at bar

Arkansas dirt road

Bristow, Nebr street scene

I was initially thinking that I would title this entry ‘Greek farce’ as Greek tragedy, however I might be feeling, seems a tad melodramatic. But then Greek farce sounds more Carry On than stressful, and this has been a stressful month. The usual suspects – computer and technical problems. I won’t bore you (overmuch) with the details – the basic complications have been that all the printed material designs that I had produced were incompatible with the printer’s equipment, necessitating a complete redesign using Adobe’s InDesign. This is software I don’t have, can’t afford and am too inexperienced to use, meaning that I had to use outside help (always costly). The ensuing Technical Tip is that though Apple’s iWorks Pages does wonderful tricks for a £55 software, the end result can really only be printed on a home printer.

The second difficulty has been the continuing problems with my computer. This requires finding ways to deal with ongoing, incomprehensible malfunctions rather than installing a software upgrade (which would be Final Cut Studio in my case, but never change programmes in mid-project is the generally accepted guideline). As the problems involve all sorts of nasties – the computer locking up quite suddenly and then refusing to restart or even boot from the back up Hard Drive, etc, etc – I’ve had to react quite radically. This has meant using Disk Warrior on an almost daily basis. At least I’ve lost some weight this way, though it’s not a diet plan I would recommend.

Big hearted Jim

Hopper bldg

Green garage door

But perhaps Big Hearted Jim put in a word for me as I’m pleased to report that all the above hasn’t actually stopped the project in its tracks – just made it take longer. Within a few hours I will be going to the printer to collect the printed material. And the DVD only needs a minor adjustment to be ready for copying. There is still the need to set up a web site shop and this, from my preliminary research, will still require another steep learning curve. But the tally of jobs to completion really is shrinking. I’ll hope to update this post later today and maybe even indicate a likely completion date. A collective gasp all round, I’m sure – and, as always, thank you all for your patience.

Oil derrick cowboy

Wallowing whale at Burger

XHL desert road

I’ve collected from the printer and am pleased to report that a good job has been done (so thanks to Andrew and his team at KallKwik). I’m especially pleased with the booklet. The aim is to provide you with an entertaining read, in addition to a pleasant viewing experience.

So a completion date? There’s the web site shop, and the t shirt and print series to organise, but the end of September (or early October) does now sound like it’s a distinct possibility. In the meantime, a week of walking in the Derbyshire Dales seems a fair recompense for the roller coaster ride (a Russian Mountain in colloquial French) of this last month, and my wife and I are looking forward to that. More soon, I hope.

15 Responses to “Getting closer”

  1. Rob says:

    Excellent news. It seems you are romping down that final furlong. Really looking forward to seeing the finished result.

  2. David Litchfield says:

    Keep going, Elliott.

  3. kevin Aldersay says:

    So, after all this time, the last (?) corner has been turned and it’s the final straight. A race analogy is not particularly accurate, but somehow, for me, it conjures up a suitable image of Elliott, having almost gone the distance (in this case undoubtedly a marathon), and despite the lousy running conditions, the stomach cramps, the dehydration, the tired tired legs, he has the guts to make it across the finish line.
    I hope he knows that we have been cheering him on from the very start, and we will give the loudest cheer as he crosses that line…and thank him for this second long journey to promote the original. Thanks, Elliott, thanks very much!

  4. Dave Notman says:

    We’re all rooting for you!

  5. Mark Studden says:

    Please drop me a line when all is done and dusted – I’ve just discovered your venture, and would love to buy the final artifact.

    Outstanding work, Sir!

  6. Andrew Vallance says:

    Just found your site via a link from The Word site. I watched the Channel 4 programmes and have never forgotten many of the images and music. I am so pleased that it will soon be possible to buy them.

  7. adam says:

    Keep on keepin on Elliott !

  8. pete says:

    sure you’ve taught us all a lesson about patience -thanks. can i ask that the t-shirts are in interesting colours (to match my anorak maybe?) and not just the plain white.

    peace and love


  9. Chris Miles says:

    Keep going – your perseverance will pay off.
    The images you’ve posted in this blog entry look fantastic. Have you ever seen a book of photographs by Wim Wenders called Written in the West?

  10. Ray says:

    I don’t mind the delays as long as we have the winning post in sight. My VHS tape is definitely wearing out!

  11. A n d r e w says:

    I saw the original Ch.4 transmissions and, on a whim, did a web search tonight. Delighted that Road Dreams may be available soon; and cheered that the blog portrays a man still carrying bin bags of Super8 through his life.

  12. alan wood says:

    I first saw Road Dreams on Channel Four years ago. I remember it was repeated a couple of years later but when I recently asked, channel 4 replied that there were no plans for further repeats which is a great shame bearing in mind some of the rubbish they show.
    Anyway I’m pleased that the series will soon be available again. I loved the music, the travel and images that have been kept forever.

  13. matt & heidi says:

    Hang in there.We are all waiting patiently for the end result. It’s gonna make a lot of people very happy to have a copy in there possession.

  14. anthonyberet says:

    I have looked for a copy of Road Dreams for some time. Chance brought me here today, so close to a hopeful release-date. I shall be back! 🙂

  15. irfan says:

    brings tears to my eyes everytime don t know why maybe longing for a time that is no more also prompted me to spend 7 years “on the road” on my harley in europe and beyond.

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