I was wrong… so wrong.
|Photos I wished were in the book: |
the Typewriters sign at Hugo's
|A postcard from Ozark Mountain Smokehouse.|
TieDyeTravels.com, what you read is usually what has come fully formed out of my head. I may add a few words as I’m patching in photos, but I conceived of my blog as a place where I’d put down those complete thoughts – the story as I’m telling it. That defines my writing style.
|Interior shot at Taliano's Italian Restaurant in Fort Smith.|
|The incredibly pink brisket sandwich|
at Jerry Neel's in Fort Smith.
|The historic Potts Inn Tavern in Pottsville.|
You also have to think really clearly on what you’re doing. On a project like this new book, I had reams of notes and months of research invested in the overall tome. I thought that, like the pie book, I could just write each restaurant segment and sew them together. However, that just doesn’t work when you’re talking about more than 100 different restaurants. My average piece is 1000-1200 words. My first manuscript, a larger piece entitled Classic Arkansas Eateries: A Delectable Tradition of Dining Out, was already at 120,000 words when I went pleading to my editor to please, PLEASE allow this to be more than one book. I hadn’t even started on Little Rock stories.
|KJ Zumwalt of KJ's Caribe in Eureka Springs.|
|The Raccoon Bearclaw WaWa at|
Wood's Old Fashioned Soda
Fountain in Mountain View.
When times are slow at these book signings, you might catch me reading my book. I’m trying to capture what you see when you open the book. I’m to the Russellville chapter, and I’m tempering the fact that I wrote the thing in my head. I think it’s all right. I see where I wanted to add so much more, but only I know that more was meant to go in those chapters.
|A pie at Tommy's Famous A Pizzaria in Mountain Home.|
If you'd like to check out the new book, head over to www.classiceateries.com. There's a tab for book purchases. I thank you for your support.