June 30, 2003

Getting My Ship Together

In light of our current pet crisis, I found myself desparately looking for anything to do that would divert my attention to other less emotionally-draining matters. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was considering putting together a little 'memoir'... of loosly-connected fragments from Fragments, and yesterday, I made a good bit of progress toward that end, and thought I'd bring you up to date on where this stands.

I have about eighty 'selections' to consider. After categorizing them initially into about eight topic categories (Nature, Family, Coming of Age, Field and Forest, The Waters, Gardening Hopefully, Tall Tales, Speaking my Mind) in the end, yesterday, I sorted them all into five folders: one for each season, and 'unsortable' things for which there is no way to file by month/season. Now I will have to read through all of it at a sitting (yuk!) without editing the many things that need changing, just to get an overview of the feel for all of it, and decide on an overall structure, how to weave it together snugly, and be thinking about a beginning and ending 'chapter' that introduces the 'why' and the 'how' of the little book, while the story itself (told in fragments) will be more about the 'who' and the 'where'.

It was difficult to follow a train of thought in words yesterday with the dog declining in the next room, so I decided after months of procrastination to work on some possible images for the book project. The Epson Stylus Color 980 printer had sat unused in a closet for over a year. I was amazed that it worked perfectly with a simple head cleaning, and now I have a dozen 4 x 6 prints that will make a nice presentation for a local publisher, and I also have the digital images ready to ship off on CD if needed. I'm thinking of a final book of about 6 x 9, so images can't be in landscape format, so will have to square up some of the ones I have chosen or find others where the composition will tolerate a 4 x 4 framing; and have no idea at this point about many aspects of getting my images onto paper. So I will be learning a lot!

Trust me. I understand that this is not a high literary event happening here. Baby steps. Baby steps. And I am trying to enjoy the journey, as particularly in this case, the destination is most uncertain. And so I will bring you nice folks with me to help me keep my bearings in this voyage. Thanks for coming along!

Posted by fred1st at June 30, 2003 06:37 AM | TrackBack

Having met Buster and his family, my heart is breaking for you and Ann. It is difficult for people to find the right words when someone they know is is pain. I'm glad you have found a diversion.Hugs for all of you from me and Bill.

Posted by: Liska at June 30, 2003 07:54 AM

A Fragment's Book! I can't wait. Good luck with the composition. Jessica and I have been gone all weekend so I feel a little broadsided with Buster's decline. I am so glad he is in a household that will put his quality of life as a priority. I volunteer at the local Humane Society and I see plenty of families who don't. We are planning a little weekend trip to Floyd in September and had hopes that we could give Buster a scratch behind the ears. Our prayers are with Buster and your whole family.

Posted by: Seth at June 30, 2003 10:15 AM

You and Buster have my sympathies.

In regards to the pictures I found a place recently that makes prints from digital pictures with amazing results.

desertsunmedia.com I sent them some pictures to be printed a few weeks ago was very happy with the resulting pictures. you might be interested in giving them a try.


Posted by: Jeremiah at June 30, 2003 11:31 AM

We will be glad to be part of your journey into getting published!

Posted by: bogie at July 1, 2003 06:09 AM

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