Friday, June 22, 2007
Got home to find the hardbound large print edition of A Breed Apart waiting on me. I didn't even know those rights had been sold. My editor at Penguin, Brent Howard, FedExed a couple of courtesy copies of the book to me. He's a terrific guy and I'm not saying that just because he's my editor and I'm late with my next book. Brent and Signet did a great job with the paperback cover of the book -- it really pops -- and I like this cover of this edition as well, which is published by Center Point. I don't know who designed this cover, but I think it's a classic, and I just wanted to say thanks. So, great work! Now, A Breed Apart wasn't the original title, but that's another story...
Here's how the museum used to look -- under the carport that says "Big Well" with the area is a skylight at the top of the well. The building to the left, with the neon OPEN sign, is the entrance to the well. Inside is the 1,000-pound pallasite meteorite (once the world's largest) found in 1949 by H.O. Stockwell using a war surplus metal detector in the Brenham strewnfield just east of town. You can just see the hood and front tires of my Jeep in the parking lot at left.
Here's how the Big Well Museum used to look. There was a whistle on top of the water tower that market the day for Greensburg residents. The last time it blew was at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2007. At the time, I was doing research on Harvey Nininger at McPherson, Kansas -- and had plans to continue to Greensburg, but changed my mind and came back to Emporia instead.
Since January, I've been working on a narrative non-fiction book about meteorites in Kansas, and in February I visited the Big Well Museum at Greensburg, Kansas, home of one of the world's largest pallasites (and which was pulled from the Brenham strewnfield, between Greensburg and Haviland). I tend to take a lot of photographs during my research, because it is easier and more precise than taking notes about how things look. Here is how the interior of the Big Well looked in February 2007. Now, it is filled with debris, and the museum above is gone.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Got home today from the university and had to do laundry. Took said laundry to the room here at the apartment complex, threw the clothes in the washer, and was on my way out when I noticed a white FedEx package on the table. I thought it was funny that somebody would leave a package in the laundry room. Curious, I looked at the label -- it was to me. Inside were two hardbound copies of the largeprint edition of A BREED APART, published by Center Point. I didn't even know those rights had been sold. My editor at Penguin, Brent Howard -- who is very sharp and likeable, by the way, and I'm not just saying that because he's my editor and I'm late with my next book -- had sent me a couple of courtesy copies. Anyway, you'd think FedEx could read the large number 7 on my apartment door and get it to the right spot, but I guess not. But the real reason I'm posting this is to show the cover, which is terrific. The cover on the Signet paperback was good as well -- it really popped. But, hat's off to whoever designed those cover over at Center Point. It's great when people care about their work, and all to often -- such as in this case -- we don't know who to thank. So, whoever you are, thanks. You did a great job.