Last week I finally posted the Doomsday Book, along with a printout of the MCRmy Census, to Gerard’s Warner Bros address.
It was over two-and-a-half years’ work from start to finish, beginning in January 2012 when I first put the Census’ Google Doc questionnaire on my personal site and culminating in a late-night letter-writing session last Thursday. I took pictures of the final product, so to speak, and regularly updated the @MCRmyCensus Twitter page to keep my motivation going… There were times when I was exhausted by the enormity of the project and couldn’t quite remember why I had started it. Now it’s been complete for a week, I’m enjoying the freedom to focus on other work and am hoping that it gets to LA in one piece!
I wrote one letter explaining the project, then re-wrote it but included the old one as part of my explanation. It sounds complicated, but I wanted to show how tough the project had become – in the original letter, I sounded bitter and tired; once I had reflected a little bit I found I had more perspective.
I commented on the original letter and the Census results in a no holds barred style, which I usually reserve for my personal blog. I was careful to remain – mostly – impartial in the Census but decided that G might appreciate a sense of humour given that a lot of the Census and Doomsday Book is a hard read given people’s brutal honesty and the fact that it was before MCR ended.
I asked Gerard to let me know if and when he reads everything; it probably won’t be for a very long time judging by how much post people send, but in the mean time you can read the Census here.
Have a good week!