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Written sometime last year;

This is a new thing for me. I just gave up a press, after my partner died, and I’m not sure if this press will actually be a press or just someplace for me to blab on about what I’m doing. Time, I expect, will tell. Just finished a manuscript, and getting ready to send it off. Working now on a collection of stories about a mythical being, called “Tales of the Senachie.” Fun stuff. I’ll post a sample soon. Have a good day. Send rain.

-m

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I’d originally composed this blog as a requiem for a publishing effort I thought had died with one of the creators of Elder Mountain Press. In fact, I bequeathed the name “Elder Mountain” to the journal of folklore studies at Missouri State University – West Plains, and gave up the notion of publishing my own works under that imprint, and on publishing in general.

It turns out I have failed in that attempt. I just keep writing things, and I believe they need a home, even just a little one, where they can be printed and passed along. I attempted a compromise view earlier this year, and self-published a hand-bound special edition of a selection of stories and essays. Most of them came from my radio essay series, These Ozarks Hills, which airs monthly on KSMU-FM, a regional public radio station based at Missouri State University-Springfield. To fatten up the content, I added another couple of longer essays, then sweetened the pot by including a clip from the first chapter of my unpublished novel, The Seed Mother. It’s an attractive little tome, so very handmade that it doesn’t even have an ISBN number, and so cannot be cataloged. I figure if all 250 sell, I’ll whip up a second edition/first formal edition that’ll be perfect bound and have cataloging info included.

The problem, if problem it is, is that having seen and handled the little handmade book, I want to make another one. Maybe two. And I can’t decide which one to do first.  Will it be the Costa Rica/Panama Travel Journal, with photos on a CD in back, or the short fable “Who’s That Knocking: A tale of the Senachie,” with audio CD of me telling the story included? I just don’t know. What do you think?

-m

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