Stop the freakin’ presses! Uh, no – keep ’em going!

Yesterday I wrote an entry about Breaking News. It’s a shorter than usual news cycle on this blog and this is really is what’s important today.


This is not the post I had planned for today. In the last week or so, things have accelerated and changed so much and so quickly, I’ve had to respond in kind. I usually post twice a week. This week, all bets are off.

Yesterday, I did a short and unplanned post on reaching a blog follower goal. Good enough. Nothing earth shaking, but it certainly had its place. And it had to be written.

Today’s original entry, moved back a day because of the blog goal posting, was supposed to feature a post more in keeping with what I’ve been writing about for lo’ these 9 months. But an e-mail received last night, changed all that. Much as my next post to be published later this week, which is still on schedule, it was a surprise and a very happy one at that.

Last night I received the galley of my book “Arn? Narn.” A galley is essentially a proof of what the book will look like. Now as this is my first book, I had absolutely no idea what to expect prior to seeing the galley. When a very wise and perceptive publisher, in this case Gosslee, takes on a book, (your child), you are turning over to them the upbringing and responsibility of this child and introducing them into the world. Scary? Hell, yes! Fears? You better believe it. It is an enormous leap of faith. But, we’d come this far.

I saw the e-mail and debated about whether or not to open it then or prolong the agony and wait until today when I could look at it in the unyielding and unflattering morning light. Like a kid on Christmas day, I couldn’t wait. Damn, I’m glad I didn’t.

As I mentioned a paragraph back, you turn over your work and hope and pray that they “get it”. Oh, yeah, they “got it.” In spades.

When John Gosslee and I first spoke last summer, his interest in “Arn? Narn.” was all I would have hoped for. I believed the subject matter called for respect and hopefully that is how I photographed it and how John would treat it. John and his crew certainly held true to that respect. The galley just blew me away.

My task right now is check for any errors and make any small suggestions that I feel will improve it. But I have to say, it doesn’t look like I’ll have much work to do. I can’t wait to share it with all of you. I hope you feel the same way about “Arn? Narn.” Stay tuned, it’ll be out early this fall.

Thank you, John.

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