Well, the book has been submitted to the publishers, and I’ll get a proof back in five days.
It’s called Surviving the Flier. It’s 294 pages long, with lots of maps and photos. Most books these days do the whole, half the books, a bunch of glossy pages with photos, and the other half of the book. Personally, that drives me nuts, since that interrupts the flow of the words and the photos cover the entire span of the story, without consideration of where you are in the story. This publisher won’t do that, so the photos are placed where they are actually relevant, as well as the maps. Thanks to the Official Navy Photos of Flier (of which there are far too few) and the Jacobson and Liddell families, there are more photos in this book than the average, some which haven’t been seen before. I hope you all like it. I’m rather proud of it, and as an artist, I’m usually the most critical of my own work.
The temporary exhibit is well on its way, and will be in the same general area as the future permanent exhibit. The area used to be our library, but that was purged of all non-reference books, and moved into another area of the museum. The walls were painted black and we’re working on lighting and displays. We’ll have some authentic artifacts on display this time, though what we’ll have permanently on display will partially depend on sensitivity of the artifacts to light. Give me a few days now that the book is done (and once I finish the memorial booklet) and I’ll see what I can post about the exhibits.
The “Submarine Graveyard” episode of Dive Detectives has been delivered, and is on site in preparation for the memorial weekend. It will be showing in our 72-seat theater which has really comfortable seats and a fantastic sound system.
Anyway, it’s late, and after chasing my kiddos around on four hours of sleep a night for most of the week, I need to head for bed. The good news is, I should be more regular updating the blog from now on, especially updating some of the pages.
Good night all, I can’t wait to meet many of you!