I am continuing to flail away on SHFC, grabbing writing time as I can. Everything that I plan on including in the book is in the book, but not fully fleshed out. Some chapters are about 97-percent, others are more like 67-percent. It’s the 67-percenters that I am focusing on right now, including the D-Loop chapter (Rolls and Speys).
Since I re-wrote the intro chapters to the book last year, I am in a situation where I also have to propagate some of what I discuss there into the rest of the text. Neither simple nor quick, I’m afraid. I also have to double/triple/quadruple check what I write against the actual casts themselves. The way I see it, this book has to have the details, not just a general “do it like this, and good luck.” In order to get the details in place in a way that makes them useful information, one has to cast then write, then cast again then write again, then do that some more, then…you get the idea.
After I printed Nature of Fly Casting all those years ago, I found about 10 pages of hand-written notes that I forgot to include. They were lurking in an unmarked folder within another folder in another drawer, and…. I fully expect the same thing to happen this time, but I am hoping that I will go over each section with enough new detail that I can make some of those misplaced/forgotten notes irrelevant.
I then have the issue of photos. I know where I am going to do them and how I am going to do them, I just need to go and do them. I will shoot once the summer season has passed and I can get more open water. Fortunately, I am quick in Photoshop and InDesign, and the pics should move along at a decent clip. I am still optimistic for an end-of-2013 finish, with the print run soon after that (figure that I’ll let the book sit for two extra weeks so I can check it over again, then six weeks for the press). The best laid plans can still go sideways, but that’s where I am at right now.
And a special thanks to all who have pre-pre-ordered SHFC. The list is filling up and I am hoping that all 1,001 books will be spoken for at about the same time that thing is actually available.