#14–Company or not . . .

My sister, Edna, came to visit, and I tried to take a week off. Not! Even before picking her up at the train station last Friday, I called some of the bookstores in Eugene that carry Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges to see if they needed more. As it turned out, none did.

The next day, we went to Elkton, a little town on the Umpqua River 20+ miles inland from Reedsport. We went to see the Butterfly Pavilion and the gardens of flowers that attract butterflies. We’re both gardeners and Edna has a gorgeous yard full of flowers. We thoroughly enjoyed the gardens, except it was at least 85 degrees and that is hot for me and still warm for sis, who coming from Bakersfield and its 100+ temps wanted cool. So afterwards we headed to cooler Reedsport and Schooners Café, a favorite of mine. Then we went next door to check on the book at the Umpqua Discovery Center to see if they will need more before my presentation there on September 8.

What’s so cool about September 8 is that it has grown to become a real celebration of the Umpqua River Bridge, and it will finally have a proper dedication. Back in 1936, it was planned and postponed more than once, but never actually happened. At last, it will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting and speeches before my presentation. This Rodney Dangerfield of McCullough bridges will finally get its due, and I’m really pleased to be part of it.

Edna and I went to Florence’s Old Town a couple of times and, of course, I had to point out my book in every place that carried it. I’m sure that got a little old for her, but for me—never!

I had placed an order for flyers about the Florence Festival of Books, Florence’s first authors and publishers fair, and my sister got to help me approve one of three versions. And today before I take her to the train station, she’ll help me remember to pick them up—all 1500. I will be distributing them up and down the coast to bookstores and libraries.

Tomorrow I attend an Author’s Fair at Bob’s Beach Books in Lincoln City and was down to only three books and couldn’t get hold of the publisher to get more. I didn’t want to go and have no books to sell. I didn’t exactly panic, but did leave a message on his cell, his office phone, and his email. I got a response, finally, and Edna and I picked up two boxes—56 books. Now that I’ve got ‘em, I hope to sell ‘em.

The biggest book related activity this week was recording the 10 radio spots for the Yaquina Bay Bridge Celebration in Newport on October 1. Part of the purpose of getting the book out in the spring of the year the bridges turn 75 is to be part of all their celebrations. And that is exactly what is happening. So these radio spots are to help spotlight the events in Newport for the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

I took 10 excerpts from the book and added a lead and an ending about the event for all 10. Then I tinkered and tinkered until I got each one just under one minute. When I got to the recording studio, I discovered that having them just a little over the allotted time is better because they have room to edit out breaths and any other unwanted sounds.

Although I had a nightmare last week about having to spend 20+ takes on each one, that’s not how it turned out. It all went smoothly, thanks to KCST radio’s Calista Cates. About five of the segments were a few seconds over the one minute time limit and that was fine. The other five were a few seconds short and I had to add text and record again. Even when I made a goof, it was usually fixable. I did a few paragraphs over when something wasn’t fixable or when there was a wrong word slipped in. Just when I was beginning to feel like a real pro, I said “she” instead of “he” referring to McCullough and burst out laughing. Calista kept her cool and simply said, “Continue!” After we finished, I got to hear myself, big and loud, on each one and had a last chance to make changes. Although, two hours were scheduled, we were in and out in one hour and 10 minutes. No nightmare—it was fun! So between now and October 1, tune into KYTE-FM Newport!

We went up to Depoe Bay to go whale watching, but the fog kept us from going out. Instead we went to Newport and had lunch at Canyonway Restaurant and Bookstore, one of my favorite places to eat, and checked to see if they needed more books. We also checked with Hatfield Marine Science Center, Burrows House Museum, and Yaquina Head Interpretive Center. Then we spent some time at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, a fabulous place. I’m a charter member and love being able to just waltz in—even with a guest—without waiting in the long lines of summer.

Even with the demands of the book, Edna and I had a great time cooking together, seeing a couple movies, going out to dinner, going out to lunch, meeting with friends, checking out the scenery up and down the coast, and just hanging together for a week. She’s even taking a book back with her when she leaves—for a friend.

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Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges can be yours for $24.95 plus $3.99 shipping. Order from Pacific Publishing at www.connectflorence.com or pacpub@oregonfast.net. It is also available on the coast in bookstores, museums, and gift shops; in Eugene at the airport, the historical museum, and several bookstores; and in Portland at Powell’s and the Oregon Historical Society.

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Judy a part of bridge celebrations:

September 8, 2:30 & 3:15 p.m.—Bridge Dedication at the Umpqua River Bridge followed by Judy’s  PowerPoint presentation at the Umpqua Discovery Center, Reedsport.

October 1, 2-4 p.m.—Yaquina Bay Bridge ‘s 75th anniversary celebration panel discussion at the City Hall, Newport.

Judy participating in authors fairs:

August 27, Noon-3 p.m.—Bob’s Beach Books (just north of 17th on west side of Highway 101), Lincoln City

October 1, 10-4 p.m.—Florence Festival of Books–an authors and publishers fair at the Florence Events Center (715 Quince Street, 1 block east of Highway 101), Florence

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About crossingsauthor

Freelance writer/editor and author of Crossings: McCullough's Coastal Bridges, The Crossings Guide to Oregon's Coastal Spans, and Around Florence. Spent 22 years teaching 1st and 2nd grades and 21 years as editor/staff writer with Oregon Coast and Northwest Travel magazines.
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