This past week marked 2 /12 weeks since surgery, a long-scheduled presentation, and my birthday.
Two and a half weeks past melanoma surgery and I’m looking good enough that people don’t really notice unless I mention it—especially if it’s head-on with glasses. I never knew what it was like to have a good side and bad side before.
Last Tuesday I gave a presentation to a second PEO group here in Florence at the home of a friend. There were about 25 present and it went just fine. Since it was only to be 20-minutes, I didn’t do the PowerPoint. Too bad, with a PowerPoint presentation, you can dim the lights and focus attention on the photos on the screen. Without PowerPoint, it was bright lights and focused on me. It went well, and there was only one surgery-related problem. The swelling below my one eye still affected my vision when looking down and trying to read a script. I had to hold it up in order to see it well enough to read with both eyes. That was a surprise.
Without the PowerPoint, I hand held photos for the audience to see and passed them around. One photo showed McCullough’s sketches of the five bridges drawn a year before any of them were begun. Today, the four bridges still standing look exactly like those sketches of October 1933.
And I passed around Bridges: A History of the World’s Most Famous and Important Spans by Judith Dupre. The book covers the bridges of Conde B. McCullough and has a large photo of the Siuslaw River Bridge because it best represents McCullough bridges. This always impresses audiences—especially Florence audiences.
The audience was attentive and had questions afterward, and I even sold a few books. I also got a few sign-ups for the new book––The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans.
On Thursday, I received a great birthday present from ODOT. When I checked my email, there was a terrific photo of the Haynes Inlet Bridge. I had given up when I was told that they didn’t have any available to send. But one of the fellows in the video department thought there was one somewhere. Unbeknownst to me, he continued looking until he found it. I was so pleased to get a photo that shows the whole bridge with all three arches. The one we have is a lovely photo, but shows only portions of two arches. So I sent the new photo on to my publisher, Bob Serra of Pacific Publishing, the same publisher that we used with Crossings.
Another birthday present was a purchase order from Powell’s ordering six more books. When I confirmed the order and added an FYI about the new book, the response was that they were indeed interested and to let them know the ISBN number and price as soon as possible, so they could enter it in their database. Yippee!
Then the next day I met with Bob, and received the best present of all––The Crossings Guide in its first draft with all pages laid out. There was the cover and all 48 pages with text and photos where they are supposed to go, including the Haynes Inlet Bridge photo. It was my first glimpse of the cover or of any of it laid out.
On October 22, the day before my face surgery, I had given Bob the file of photocopies of all photos noting where each belonged with credits and captions and the disks where they could be found as well as sending all emails with photos for the book. Now that everything has been put together, it’s my turn again. At this stage of production, I’ll be the editor and go through every word and photo and check everything. This is the exciting part when months of work all come together, and for the first time, it’s actually looking like a book.
So I have my work cut out for me for the next few days. I’ll let you know how it goes next week. Won’t be long now. . . .
TO BUY JUDY’S FIRST BOOK
Crossings: McCullough’s Coastal Bridges can be yours for $24.95 plus $4.99 shipping. Order from Pacific Publishing at http://www.connectflorence.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also available on the coast in bookstores, museums, and gift shops; in Eugene at the airport, the historical museum, and several bookstores; in Portland at Powell’s and the Oregon Historical Society; in Made in Oregon stores throughout the state; and more and more bookstores, libraries, and museums in western Oregon. This book makes a good coffee-table book. With the holidays coming up, it would be an excellent gift.
JUDY’S SECOND BOOK DUE EARLY DECEMBER
The second book The Crossings Guide to Oregon’s Coastal Spans––will cover 15 bridges and have at least one color and one historic photo for each one. The cost will probably be $15 plus shipping. This book will also be published through Pacific Publishing. This guide with its sturdy cover will travel well. When heading for the coast, don’t drive 101 without it.
The half-hour interview with Dr. Veronica Esagui for the “Author’s Forum” program on public access TV in the Portland Metro area ended it’s two-week run June 1-14, 2012, but can be seen on YouTube in two parts: Google Judy Fleagle YouTube.
February 9, 9–5, Bridge Tour, Outward Ventures, Florence campus, Lane Community College––This bridge tour includes 12 bridges with many stops from Depoe Bay to Coos Bay and has a lunch stop at a fabulous restaurant in Depoe Bay. Once the new catalogs are out, sign up at the Florence campus or online. A fee will be involved. I will be the bridge tour guide.