Pictures! Pictures! I nearly forgot the pictures. No I didn’t. That’s not true. Well, kind of. For a minute I did.
For the last few days I’ve been going through a ton of pictures, organizing them while I’m at it, scanning them, and honing in on a selection that would be good to put into the centerfold of the book.
I finally have them all picked out. Thirty-three. That’s the magic number that fits into six pages. It’s a pretty good selection. I wish I could fit more. Everyone likes pictures, yes? That’s all I can do.
Here’s one that I couldn’t quite fit. Aren’t I goddamn adorable? For a minute I was.
Notice I am on the other side of the gate of the pool area. This is because I was terrified of water, seeings how I couldn’t swim. This is the part of the story when we got rich for a minute and bought a house with a swimming pool. I don’t think it occurred to my parents that we (my brother and I) had ever been in a body of water before. Uhmm. Hello? Oh for shame. Think of the children!
I also think I’ve picked out my “author’s pic.” I know I should probably choose something current, but I really can’t stand the way I look, especially in recent years. At least I’m dressed up in this. I don’t have an outfit nearly this nice anymore:
I love that sharp collar. And I still have those fuzzy eyebrows. Wouldn’t it be funny if I still had my baby teeth? Maybe it would only be funny for a minute.
Every time I think I’m done formatting the book, there’s something else that needs doing. That’s fine, since I’m killing time. Tomorrow I’ll get my notes back from the lawyer and finally know what I can and and can’t leave in.
Of course, I typed all of the above yesterday and now I have his notes back. I’ve been going over them last night and this morning. I have a lot to do again, lots of tweaks to the manuscript — all to save my ass in case someone wants to bully me. There’s a lot of #metoo movement bullies out there.
I do have a tentative targeted release date for Shrapnel now: Saturday, April 6th, 2019. There will be a few goodies that’ll be available during the month prior. I’m still brainstorming on what kinds of things they will be, but I’ll have some giveaways and last-minute options/incentives, and perhaps some special edition hardcovers. We’ll see though. There’s one thing I’d like to make that would go with a signed hardcover edition, but I’m still looking into the cost. I think it could be kinda cool.
My friend Hosho McCreesh has a book that’s coming out on November 30th, Chinese Gucci, his first novel, and for his special edition pre-sale, he handmade all the covers as original collages — so each and every one is different. Before that, one of his poetry works, A Deep & Gorgeous Thirst came with a drinking flask. Pretty neat. These are good idears. He and I often talk about these things and I like the cut of his jib. The squishy gears in my skull are moving. I’m just not sure they’re leading anywhere yet.
That’s not true actually. That was only true for a minute. I do have ideas. I’m just not sharing them yet. I don’t know why I do that, but I like waiting until I have my projects rolling before I announce them.
I think that’s all the news for now. There’s a lot of tweaking and proofing that needs to be done yet. What a long road, ladies and gentlemen.