“What a long, strange trip it’s been.”

book-coverIt’s two thirty this stormy morning and I can’t sleep.  I’m a kid waiting for Santa Claus on Christmas, heart pounding, eyes wide!   But Christmas was four days ago and this gift I’ve given myself weighs eight hundred pounds, takes up a lot of space and controls my life.  Today one thousand copies of my book, You Came Here to Die, Didn’t You, leave Color House Graphics, my printer in Michigan, due here in California within a week.

Five years ago I retired prematurely from teaching to write this book.  Rather than finish off three years of my career for full retirement benefits, I decided to take a chance regardless of the consequences.  It’s not the first time I’ve done this.

I had no clue what was involved in writing a book and  I found “writing” to be the easy part.  It’s all the other skills I had to learn and all the questions I had to ask to get that 46,000 word creation between covers, into cartons and onto that truck.

How I got hooked, how I found my way, who I encountered and what I’ve learned in the process are the subjects of these blogs.

 

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One response to ““What a long, strange trip it’s been.”

  1. Congratulations Sherie! Although we did not meet at the Berkeley SCOPE briefings or Atlanta Orientation, 45 years later we have both produced manuscripts about what John Lewis once called "the last Freedom Summer" (according to Willy Seigal Levanthal, "The SCOPE of Freedom", Challenge Publishing, Montgomery). Civil rights photographer Bob Adelman (www.bobatthebeach.com)once wrote to me, "You were fighting the last battles of the civil war". Maybe not the last, but we were part of one of the last major integrated civil rights voter education and registration projects, one that has had scant attention until recently. I am eagerly awaiting my copy of "You Came Here to Die" and look forward to hearing more good news about your tremendous accomplishment.Maria Gitin, This Little Light of Mine, This Bright Light of Ours 1965: a personal memoir and oral histories of the Wilcox County Alabama Voter Registration Movement", http://www.thislittlelight1965.wordpress.compublication information forthcoming

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