Late Morning Post: Better Than Never?


Well this is a late blog post for me, up since 4 as usual, and things–like therapy evaluation paperwork–came first. Ah well.

And now I need to get back to the book construction. Speaking of which…

☼ Good news on that front. I am meeting tomorrow with someone who knows much more about InDesign and design in general than I do. So some of my technical angst has been relieved!

☼ For those few of you actively looking at a chapter draft, I’ll be using most but not all the personal essays you are looking at (so keep at it please!) but have decided to abandon the linear, aggregated by topic organization. Instead, there will be ten “parts” and each will have an assortment of 7 to 10 essays taken out of the previous “chapters”. I think it will read much better that way.

☼ You can see I’ve been dinking around with the cover–only a first run, but it has potential. I just got the template for laying out the cover with bleeds and such, and the spine thickness will be determined by the page count, still to be determined, x the paper thickness.

☼ I’ve gotten a quote for offset printing and can do what I want to do cost-wise with a run of only 500, which makes certain among us happy that her ANNex won’t be overrun with pallets of books like it was three years when 1000 copies of Slow Road Home showed up in our driveway.

Well, I had some more things to tell, but they’ll wait. Now, back under for another submersion in the details of this opus, magnum or otherwise.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Great use of sky and field for text. You might try left justification just for the fun of it…it seems like it would follow the hillside on the right in the title…and the field for the author info…I really like the look.

  2. if the title could only merge with the photo more: What the Sky Holds For Us. . .What Holds Our Barns Up . . . What Hay! . . . Barn, Baby, Barn . . . What Our Hands Behold . . Holding Hands With the Heavens . . embossed with gold leaf of course!