As I pen this post in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning, I am happy to announce that I have only sixty-seven more pages to read before I finish the rough draft of the Human Squirrel Cage: Nodaway County's Rotary Jail. It's been a very long journey to reach this point.
After I finish reading those pages, I will go through and check the citations one more time, run a spelling and grammar check, and then upload the book to KDP. The question is, do I start work on the companion book while I wait for the proof copy to arrive, or do I take a little break?
I have to admit that I'm aching to dive back into the stories of the many jailhouse escapes. Granted, it won't take as long to write that books as it has this one. I believe I have captured all fifty of the known escapes and I'm eager to tell you about the details, although a few of those incidents are sketchy.
It's sure to prove fascinating just in 'characters' alone. Thinking about some of the shenanigans that went on at the jailhouse, like the Moot Court (or Kangaroo Court) run by the inmates, complete with a judge, a sheriff, a prosecutor, and some interesting rules, it's no wonder the inmates could found creative ways to gain their release.
Then there was the poetry. I found one. It will be featured on the back cover of the second book.
When these two books are finished, it will be time to restart the biographies of the county's sheriffs. I've been collecting information as I go along, but there is still a lot of information out there that I simply haven't had time to get to, yet. It's an ongoing project, one that I hope will pick up pace as I begin work on it again.
So, watch for the book release announcements. I haven't yet finalized plans for book signing dates, times, or locations for these two books. I'll have to get back to you on that.