Archive for July, 2017

How does my garden grow?

July 21, 2017

Not quite as high as an elephant’s eye.

Well, the corn is starting to look like corn, and I have lots of young green bean plants growing. (I mistook them for clover when they were young, so I’m glad I let them grow!) So far only one cucumber has shown up, but I’ve also got some volunteer tomatoes and potatoes. It’s a bit of a chaos in the garden patch just now, but hopefully something yummy will come out of it all.

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Book work

July 6, 2017

Here’s where the book work currently stands.

I have finished first drafts of all the chapters—13 in total, plus a short introduction. What’s left to do is:

  • Revise the chapters. I have feedback from multiple readers to incorporate, although on some chapters the comments are minimal. Even where I don’t have suggestions from the readers, I still want to give everything another polish to make it all consistent (my sense of the book’s purpose and tone evolved over the two years it took to draft all the chapters) and try to shorten it up a bit. Fortunately, I don’t have to make any large cuts, but if I can streamline some things, it will be good for the book. It’s currently looking like it will come out around 240 pages and I’d like to get that closer to 200 if I can.
  • Go through each chapter and make a list of terms to go in the index.
  • Make a list of possible illustrations for each chapter. Fortunately, the publishing company will handle sourcing images and getting rights.
  • Decide how many maps to include and what should be on them. This is going to be a little trickier. I think the book needs a lot of good maps, but maps are expensive and the cost will come out of my royalties. I’m trying to strike a balance between putting in the maps I think are necessary and what can be consolidated or left out.
  • Figure out a cover image.

It’s a lot to do, but I’m still excited about the project and looking forward to seeing it come together.

In any case, this is why you haven’t heard much from me this summer.