How it began

May 18, 2009

Throughout this year, several people have asked how I decided to make a book. For all those interested, here’s that history.

I didn’t just wake up one day and decide that I wanted to make a book. Instead, it was a gradual progression. Early in 2008, I had been spending progressively more time in Shenandoah National Park cruising Skyline Drive and, in general, just being a tourist. As time went by I began seeing more and more interesting things in my time out there. Read the rest of this entry »

Moving right along

May 8, 2009

Things are getting exciting now. Two recent developments:

1) In case you haven’t noticed, this site has dropped its wordpress extension and is now just

2) The test copy I ordered this week has already zipped through the printer’s system and is in the hands of the fine folks at FedEx. Technically it’s “in transit” right now. I’ve never been to Seattle, but my book has! I hope it has a nice trip here. I’ll look forward to giving it a look as soon as it gets here.

This weekend I’ll be apartment hunting near DC, but may have a chance to photograph some baby birds I know about as well. I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s a general update for the day. Thanks to a wonderful year, the book was recently uploaded and I’ve ordered a test copy. Assuming that all goes well when reviewing it, the finished product will roll out later this month. For anyone who’s been following this site, this is MAJOR. (check out my previous list here)

Hopefully I’ll have that copy in my hands early next week and can take it from there. Read the rest of this entry »

Since everything is going so swimmingly with the production of the book, I’ve set up an ISBN number and bar code.

Now before I go any further, let me state that this is not a requirement for printing the book, but it is a personal preference. When I began this project, I embarked on it as a learning experience and as such, will fulfill all steps of a traditional bookmaking process (except for the substitution of a POD, print-on-demand, publisher). I want to learn as much as I can, so I figured someone somewhere may appreciate me sharing what I’ve learned along the way. Read the rest of this entry »

Did you think I forgot about posting? On the contrary – I’ve just been a busy bee. Most of my time lately has involved the actual bookmaking process. Here’s a little update.

In terms of my previous list, I’m down to the ISBN registration. Yes, you heard correctly – the layout is DONE. Despite that, I’ll still be heading out into the field for a bit more shooting while I wait for the rest of the process to kick in. It’s always a possibility that something great could come along. Read the rest of this entry »

Weekend Editing

March 23, 2009

This weekend was a massive editing effort for the book. I couldn’t be more pleased with the current flow of the images. I think it’s a wonderfully diverse, while still cohesive, set of imagery. Read the rest of this entry »