No, not that book, the other book: The Story of the Cathedral of the Madeleine is about ready to go to the printer to be on hand for the centennial events around August 15. Then we’ll return to our regularly scheduled U.S. 89 programming.
I devised this angel treatment for the chapter headings, taken from the frames of the Stations of the Cross paintings in the Cathedral–luckily there were only five chapters, and the Stations of the Cross number 14, so we had a sufficient quantity of angels for each chapter opening (actually, Gary tells me there are 258 angels in the Cathedral, and he knows the guy who counted). Each angel image is slightly different, although at the resolution they will print at, I’m the only one who will know. You might notice that one of them has a chipped-off nose, if you looked closely. In the book, they will be black and white, but I kind of like the desaturated look here.
I twittered today that I was having fun with the book-production process, and that is true. I’m learning a lot, for example, did you know that numbers like “1963-2009″ are properly separated with an “en-dash” rather than a hyphen? If the dash reads as “to” then use the en-dash. Plenty of new factoids like that have entered my brain in recent days. One could study the Chicago Manual of Style for a lifetime. I have not. Instead, we muddle along and are counting on the benevolence of the angels and other friends to get this job done. I’ll be back on the road soon, with a new Sagebrush Press book in the saddlebag, and won’t that be something?