The books ship THIS FRIDAY! And next Wednesday, I’ll open the first box, cut away the shrink wrap from the first bundle and open the book for the first time. Some of you can appreciate what that feels like–the combined relief and terror, the hope and disappointment. There will come in a rush that day the satisfying sense of a destination reached and of the uncertain, chartless territory yet to come. What I will hold in my hands for the first time will be …

Soon to hold “What We Hold…” Read more »

What I initially expected to be a clear, straight, short path to turning 100 stories, grampa tales and essays into a book turned out to be somewhat of an agony. But that was then. Monday morning I will send off the print-ready pdf of the book interior and psd file of the cover of What We Hold In Our Hands: a Slow Road Reader to Edwards Brothers of Ann Arbor, MI. Three weeks in process there, a week in shipment to Goose Creek, and …

Pixels to Book Alchemy Underway! Read more »

I’ll be sending off the book contents and cover to Edwards Brothers this weekend, for better or for worse. I know, under the circumstances (a complex situation I assure you) that I have not given the editing the full sustained focus it required to approach an error-free state, and there will be gotchas, dope-slaps and wails sure to come from omissions and commissions. I’m fully prepared to be disappointed by the images that will lack contrast and clarity that I see in them, full …

Almost the End–& the Beginning Read more »

Never again. No more. Two books will be enough for me for this lifetime. Sure, I say it now, given out, wasted, morning-sick of being burdened with this thing not quite fully formed, so ready to have it done and over with. We’ll see. I’m very very close to having this one out of my hands at least for a few weeks while it goes to print. We are into final edits, the contract and a check for half goes off in today’s mail …

Having my Tubes Tied Read more »

Okay, so I’m not going to meet the deadline for having the books the first week of May (a time chosen to have books in hand for the Mt. Rogers Naturalist Rally, about which more soon.) Okay, just for increasing the body text font from 11 to 12 points in Adobe Garamond Pro, I will have to start over from page one, going through every page break, every essay title, every image, every chapter break and retweak. My achin’ arse. I want to go …

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