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THE BOOK and why it interferes with blogging

Seems I’ve been a bit lax in the blogging arena lately. But hey, I’ve had some good reasons — not the least of which nvolved a confrontation with a dog who latched onto my finger and left his mark….along with three stitches. It’s hard to type with stitches in a finger. Believe me. Don’t try it. It isn’t pretty.

Then there’s that course I agreed to teach, which involves the requisite class prep, grading, etc. Not to mention the one-hour drive to and from the location. But hey, it’s fun so who’s complaining? It just takes time.

But that’s not all. There was THE BOOK. It has basically governed our lives for the past year. Or more. I forget. All I know is that every other conversation involved the production of said book. First, there were the conversations about which stories should be included…which individuals should be invited to contribute…how many years it should span. You get the picture. Well, maybe you don’t.

Technically, this is not MY BOOK. I did contribute one chapter, but for the most part I was just the trusty sidekick, the Tonto to my husband’s Lone Ranger.

It’s like writing a research paper. You settle on a topic, gather your material, create an outline, write a draft…then another draft…then the final version. Then the fun starts. The proofreading….the changes…more proofreading…conversations with the publisher…and so on. What I didn’t realize until it was too late was just how much such a project would literally invade our lives.

Turns out the last few months are the most intense. And then…bam! Andre Swartley, publisher, Workplay Publishing, pops in to deliver the author’s proof and suddenly there is a huge release of pressure. THE BOOK is done and it’s time to plan the release party.

That’s when the proverbial you-know-what hit the fan. We couldn’t agree on a date. The first date coincided with a homecoming parade. Which in a small town is a big deal. The second choice coincided with another homecoming event. The third choice was fine with one person, but the other disliked something about it. I forget what.

Finally, we settled on a date. Then the discussion began all over again. It was like planning your first child’s first birthday party. Sort of.

We — the Lone Ranger and Tonto — hope you’ll all join us to celebrate the release of the book “A Good Place To Miss — Bluffton Stories 1900 to 1975”, from 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Cafe, 101 N. Main St., Bluffton. Free Icon coffee and cookies for all!

Oh and by the way, this party is also the second anniversary of the official launching of The Bluffton Icon (www.blufftonicon.com), our free, online news source.

Can’t wait to see you! Just don’t ask the author, Fred Steiner, about the next book. Please.