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It has been Hot In Portland: a couple days ago the temperature peeked over 90f/32c, and much hotter inside our non-air-conditioned house, yesterday it was slightly cooler at just around 80f/26c.
This week has been spent on a couple things: getting Volume 1 of this newsletter, covering excerpts from the first 50 episodes, complete. There’s not that much more left to do for a complete first draft: one and a half introductions to excerpts left to write, introductions for each of the 5 chapters, and lastly the volume introduction. Then it’s off to take that full draft and talk to some editors, figure out cover art and all the other business involved in getting an ebook out there.
The ebook stuff is particularly fraught: I know there are people who’d buy a collected version, but the point is to figure out and make it useful to people who don’t know about this newsletter. I’ve had enough feedback that what I’ve written about it useful/helpful/actually actionable, so questions like “what are the introductions to excerpts like” and “how should the topics be arranged” are piling up. Should it just be a chronological collection of excerpts? Should I have started at the beginning, with material from 2014? Does it make more sense to organize by topic and if not, why not? And then: how to then make the book useful, if part of the whole shtick of the newsletter is “messily cross-disciplinary”? But: I’ll have a draft.