I'm back this week first with a quick update. . .
Three weeks ago, I wrote about completing the first draft of a book I am writing for publication by the Western Maryland Interpretative Association on the battle of Antietam and the Maryland Campaign of September 1862. (That post can be found here: http://48thpennsylvania.blogspot.com/2008/02/antietam-book-completed-or-long-and.html )
After setting the manuscript aside for well over a week, to let the dust settle, I opened it back up in order to do so editing. I received copies of the manuscript back from a number of Antietam rangers and volunteers as well as from family members who all made grammatical corrections and content suggestions, and in the past two weeks, I have put the manuscript through intensive editing (you know, the fun part of writing). I am very, very grateful for their kindness and their suggestions, and I can now say that I believe the book--as far as the writing goes--is complete. The next step is sitting down with the person who will be doing the book's physical layout to go over formatting, placing of photographs, the development of maps, etc. So while I am ready to wash my hands of the writing, there is still a lot of work to do. Stay tuned, I will keep you all updated.