Early in May, after reading Heather Rojo's publishing a blog book and blog book update , I realized this was a great idea. The letters written by Ralph Jabez McPherson, my Uncle Ralph's letters, had laid in their shoe boxes while I fussed about how to make them accessible. Family members wanted copies, though I was pretty sure that the copies would be mostly unread and my work not valued. However, to have a published book of the letters that my Uncle Ralph wrote, now that's a project of value to me and one in which I could sink my teeth. Every day as I post letters, I can see the book taking place before my eyes, even though I have posted only about 25% of the letters.
My plan is to have all of the 150+ letters posted, with short commentaries, by the first of September. I am hoping that gives me enough time to index, add family groups for a road map to the characters, figure out a cover (I am not the most artistically inclined person) and publish around the 1st of November. This project is a typical one for me; I have not done this kind of project before; I don't know exactly how to do it,but jumped into the project with more enthusiasm than sense. As summer is coming on with all the pleasurable activities pulling at me, I need accountability. Therefore I am posting periodic updates on this blog and asking for comments and suggestions --- and encouragement from my Geneablogging friends. I have learned much from you all in these few short months I have been part of this great group..