So I've finished and have presented to the world a series of linked stories that ultimately lead to the creation and development of San Diego. I'm going to continue the story in my next part that I have titled "Manifest Destiny". However, I'm gonna need time to finish writing part of the first draft. So far, the first section of Manifest Destiny will be from 1602 (Vizcaino's voyage) to 1783 (Treaty of Paris that recognized U.S. independency).
I'm going to be honest: Manifest Destiny is like Before First Contact in that it tells a larger story than just that of San Diego, but of how different peoples with new cultures came together to overtake old cultures. In a way, the different cultures of San Diego (Native, Spanish, Mexican, American) feel more Darwinian-like than anything.
The second section of Manifest Destiny will go from 1783 to 1848, marking the end of the Mexican-American War. It's actually a large undertaking and I'm having trouble organizing the chapters and with writing the first one. As I told a co-worker today, I have the same problem Dr. Dre has, where he is his own worst critic. Every time I read something I wrote before, I want to change it. I don't get it, but it stopped me from releasing my written history stuff for almost two years before I started this blog.
I'm ultimately planning on splitting Manifest Destiny into three chapters; Settlement, covering both the development of San Diego by the Spanish as well as the colonization of the future United States; Revolution, which will cover revolts and revolutions in San Diego and all across the world; and the Mexican-American War, which will cover the conflict from both a local (San Diego) and national perspectives. I've already started writing a first draft for it however, and though I'm still finding a flow to go with, I'm very excited that I get to keep these stories alive for the next generation... or to put it differently... These stories are like potatoes in that I'm happy to keep them hot before passing them down. Once I finish, I'll begin posting them like I did that last part and from that point, it will be up to you to light a fire under your asses to keep these potatoes hot.
In the meantime, I'm happy to post a few updates and feature some of my old work. I've done a lot and believe that I can keep up with the pace. My hope is that in time, I will be fortunate enough to feature other people's work between stories. Today, I'd like to feature a short cruise I took around San Diego Bay back in 2014. There are four short parts to this video, but I'll just feature the first part. Even two years later, I still think it's a piece of work. Enjoy!