The first thesis chapter is an abomination. I don't know how I will ever write a proper beginning
The chapter on the Bases in Papua (Chapter 3), by contrast, is easy to write. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I have no idea when it will stop. The 40 page limit is already looking shaky. Last time, chapters that went above this became two chapters. However, I could then be looking at a 400 page thesis.
Saturday's research at the War Memorial was devoted to Goodenough Island. The development of the base there is what I'm writing about, but there is an interesting point in that when General Blamey made a recommendation, General MacArthur adopted it. This seems to have been a recurring theme in their professional relationship, which was one of great respect.
And then there is Lae and the Markham Valley (Chapter 6), which is the current work in progress, except that there is no progress. I just couldn't seem to get into it. It has a good chapter plan. There is a long list of points to be covered and I'm just working my way through them. But progress is slow. This chapter currently has 21 pages written, so is nominally half way there, assuming that it may also run over 40 pages. At this rate though, it will take ages, and will require severe editing.