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March 11, 2011


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L.M. Cunningham

Huzzah! :-)

Deb Robson

And you know about proofing, Linda!

Susan J. Tweit

Woo-hoo! So that explains the fireworks I was sure I saw in the northeastern sky... Congratulations!

Deb Robson

Yep, Susan. Sort of subdued fireworks, due to lack of energy, but yes, fireworks. With more to come later when my oomph returns!

Susan J. Tweit

Not to worry. You've got plenty of time to gather your strength for the book launch...

Deb Robson

Im actually home (as far as I know) for almost two months, with planning for events to do (as well as book editing, design, and the like), but no major presentations between now and then. I am holding the same thought of stability in being home for you and Richard.

L.M. Cunningham

LOL -- yes, far too well.

I spent this morning browsing 350+ pictures to select four to accompany the article I finished editing last week, and then writing captions for them.

My managing editor was thrilled with the results (both article and photos), although I did confess that while the author had send me a subset of a dozen or so, I didn't use any of them.

Such a wonderful distraction from deciding whether or not I want the full tox report from the autopsy.

Susan J. Tweit

Being home seems like it could be really good for you given the events already on your schedule for after the book comes out. We've got as much being home time as we ever do, which means a trip to Denver at least once a month to check on Richard's brain (starting next week with the next CT), but that's not bad...


So, when can we buy it? As another breed sample collector, I've been anxiously following this project from the beginning, absolutely in awe of the amount of organization involved! (My collection is a bunch of baggies...)

Deb Robson

My collection is in baggies, too, but theyre very well organized baggies. . . .

You can pre-order the book at Powells (http://ow.ly/4d4dU) or at Amazon (http://ow.ly/4d3SY), and its listed in Booksense/IndieBound (http://ow.ly/4d4eD), if you want to get a local bookstore to order it.Officially available late May or early June.

Ill mention this in a blog post soon, but there will be a launch and signing (with both Carol Ekarius and me) at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, May 7-8--reception Saturday night at a hotel (not sure which one, although the organizers know) and signing on Sunday at the fairgrounds. That will probably be the first time *I* get see a copy, along with the other folks there, since there will be an advance shipment coming from the printer for the occasion.

Deb Robson

Linda, thats a lot of photos to browse through. Good, indeed, to have a productive distraction right now.

Deb Robson

Susan, I will be hoping for just once a month to Denver for you and Richard. Thats quite a reduced frequency for you, and will give you opportunities to visit your dad . . . and also be mostly at home.


Congratulations! Looking forward to reading.


No wonder you're exhausted. :)


Deb Robson

You mean Ive earned the fatigue {wry grin}?

Im sure looking forward to seeing this part of The Project in a form I can hold in my hands, not just pulled together in electronic files or balanced on a desk (or the floor).


Rest! I'm so excited for you. It's time that you were able to celebrate a job well done. :) I won't be at MD Sheep & Wool this year, but I'll be dancing with you in my heart. Good to hear from you and glad to know where you are in this long journey...

(Week 27 over here. Twin gestation is tons of work. I have so much more empathy for ewes now...)

Deb Robson

Joanne, youre having your own festival at home this year. I will imagine you--and the wee ones!--dancing along with us at Maryland. Thanks again for your help. . . .


Congrats on getting that baby out of here! Can't wait to see the book in person and to celebrate its printing! Hope you can do something fun and relaxing now that you've finished the proofing.

Deb Robson

Thanks, Kit! Im reading a mystery, knitting for deadline, writing for (smaller) deadlines, and . . . maybe a nap? I did just take a bike ride! Life is better when I get to take a bike ride.

Kathryn | Alpacamundo

Congratulations on reaching such a huge milestone.

I'm looking forward to seeing the final produce. :-)

Kathryn | Alpacamundo

Product. I meant I'm looking forward to seeing the final product.

Deb Robson

It sort of feels like produce, in that it has grown organically. But indeed, when printed and bound, it will be a final product!


Congratulations! Rest up and take care of yourself. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of the book!

Meg Caulmare

Three Cheers! I'm SO excited to get my copies of this book, and hope to catch you at a signing somewhere here in the northeast. There will be SOAR, right in NH next fall, but perhaps you'll be somewhere else close around that time. This book needed to be written and I'm delighted they got the right people for it.

What do you wish you could have included?

With thanks and best wishes.

Meg C

Deb Robson

Meg, Ill be teaching at SOAR this fall. Thats as close as Ill get to it {grin}.

What do I wish we could have included? Well, theres more to be said about everything we *did* include. Im very pleased with what we have accomplished. I think weve set a new baseline for the next phase of learning about animal fibers to launch from.

An example, though, would be to compare the coverage of Soay sheep in the book (when its out there, and what we wrote for the book is pretty extensive) with the article I wrote for Spin-Off on the breed (should be in the Summer issue, released about the same time as the book). Theres not that much overlap! And there is *still* more to say about Soay, even if I limit whats said to the things that will be of interest to textile folk (as opposed to biologists, historians, and others).

What Im chomping at the bit for is DNA research that will tell us more about the origins of a number of breeds that are still mysterious.

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