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Update on Gerard’s book; plus open thread

It’s a continuing saga.

The book is edited and formatted. I’m 90% finished with designing a website for selling the book, including deciding on all the methods for taking money. I have a book cover. I had decided on a publisher to do an initial print run of 300; hopefully I could sell plenty more and do another run, but I’d start with that.

Note the past tense in that last sentence. I had decided on a publisher after doing a ton of research, and the company I chose seemed wonderful: responsive, polite, reasonable in price, and they even sent me free samples of paper types and a book or two they had published.

Looked good.

I was ready to order my proof copy, and if that went well I’d order the print run of 300. Friday I learned that within the last week the company has suddenly gone out of business. So it’s back to the drawing board on that. I’m researching printing companies again and have selected a number of possible candidates.

By the way, I’ve decided for a host of reasons that print-on-demand isn’t the best way to go. The main reason is that it makes a book far more expensive, and that effect is even more pronounced for a book that has any color pictures. Each essay in this book will have at least one photo, much like Gerard’s blog posts.

The project is taking close to a year longer than I thought it would. But I still hope to issue the book at some point in June. We’ll see.

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  • ghostsniper May 13, 2024, 9:13 AM

    Good. Take whatever time it requires to put out a quality product reflective of Gerard’s work. We will pay what they cost. I yearn for my friend, I yearn in vain.

  • ghostsniper May 13, 2024, 9:23 AM

    From 2 years ago (already):

    Night Light
    by VANDERLEUN on MAY 13, 2022
    Not twice this day.
    Inch time foot gem.
    This day will not come again.
    Each minute is worth a priceless gem.
    — Takuan

    Stepping outside after the soft shawled fall of first dark. Lost leaves shrugged off the beech and the Japanese maple scatter rose and gold patches that glimmer on the damp pebbled walk brushed with soft light from the porch. I turn west along the crackled sidewalk towards the corner and glide into the slim shadows of the cedars. As I glance up Beyond their edges night rises and blooms around me. There, behind the nimbus of mist haloed around the streetlight, the new moon rises tilted like some supplicating palm against the darkening last faint line of the day far away.

    Above the arc of the new moon, I see, faintly, the orb of the Earth’s shadow dark against dark. I’m out on a short small errand for a quart of milk at the corner store. Only a few seconds, only sixty-five steps in the night when going either to or from. Here I am subsumed in the dark and lashed to the planet. You are here too. Here we all are rolling through one more day here on the Earth turning before the sun, here for one more cycle of the moon turning around the Earth, in and out of the shadow obscuring and then revealing and the again obscuring its face, here for one of twelve lunar cycles that add up to one more cycle of the Earth around its home star sliding turning and turning an endless gyre towards Lyra.

    You say you don’t believe in Grace, in Miracles? Walk with me on my path so that we are three. Take those sixty-five steps to the corner store in the glow of the Night Light. Take it slow.

    Open your eyes. Open all your eyes. Look outside — look beyond — yourself.


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    May 13, 2022, 4:03 PM
    Thank you.


    Gnawbone Jack
    May 13, 2022, 4:37 PM

    May 13, 2022, 4:40 PM
    File under Greatest Ally:

    Watch: Shireen Abu Akleh: Israeli forces beat mourners at funeral procession for slain Al Jazeera reporter

    But, but, but… Muh Islamofascism! Muh fliers of 747s into Campus Hillels! The humanity! Not to mention something about the Country Clubs. Or something.

    The woman appears to have been a Roman Catholic Towel Head Islamofascist.

    In other news, Putin is Insane, the Russians are Losing, Oceans are Rising, and that thing about War with East Asia.

    Clown World.

    May 13, 2022, 6:52 PM
    What, pray tell, does all that have to do with this?

    May 14, 2022, 4:00 AM
    I think he read it off a Dr. Bronner’s bottle.

    May 14, 2022, 5:48 PM
    look man, that’s close to blasphemy.

    I mean, jeez, not the peppermint at least, right?

    May 14, 2022, 9:50 AM
    I’d skipped over thisisnotnutila, so maybe it’s Vegamite’s post but your query as to it’s pertinence prompted me to go back and follow his link to the Telegraph which told me “Start your free one-month trial to unlock this article”.

    Guess I’ll never know.

    Mitchell Strand
    May 13, 2022, 5:38 PM

    Randall Bridges
    May 13, 2022, 8:44 PM
    Thankfulness pulled from deep inside; expressive of appreciation for being. Thank you.

    May 14, 2022, 4:06 AM
    Wonderful – and definitely non-solipsistic (which is a Japanese cultural trait as I have observed).

    May 14, 2022, 4:22 AM
    Thank you Gerard, – a beautiful way to seize the day.

    Uno Meeh
    May 14, 2022, 4:52 AM
    The Lord’s is the Earth, and its fulness,
    the world and all its peoples.
    It is He who set it on the seas;
    on the waters He made it firm.
    Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
    Who shall stand in His holy place?
    The man with clean hands and pure heart,
    who desires not worthless things,
    who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.
    Such are the men who seek Him,
    seek the Face of the God of Jacob.
    Psalm 24

    Mary Ann
    May 14, 2022, 6:01 AM
    Thank you.

    May 14, 2022, 6:10 AM
    Turns out we’re not actually circling the Sun, rather, we’re in a spiral trailing behind it as we all whizz through space. This adds mightily to the whole Grandeur of the Creator’s Magnificence. Solar System orbits are so last century. Glory to GOD and Nature’s God.

    May 14, 2022, 7:45 PM
    Thank you for that beautiful few minutes.

    May 15, 2022, 6:30 PM
    I heard the Left’s condition put this way: They want the love without the truth; without the truth of the Gospels and the truth of Jesus Christ.

    If ever there was a a time when onlookers could observe the stark and real delineation between good and evil and come to the realization that God exists, it is now.

  • ghostsniper May 13, 2024, 11:13 AM

    This sort of thing will have the Climateers soiling their thongs like there’s no tomorrow.
    0 – 265 mph in 3 seconds, gulps 1 gal a second.


  • Casey Klahn May 13, 2024, 2:18 PM

    TY for the book update. I’m eager to get the end product.

    Very interesting to hear your thoughts on POD, with which I concur. My own take is that any mistakes in that POD are forever and unaccountable from the publisher’s standpoint. They don’t care. Your story of the overnight disappearance of the business is like getting to the blind date and finding Mr Hyde. Shudders.

    All my best. Take your time – we’re loyal.

  • DT May 13, 2024, 4:33 PM

    I’ve published a few small-run books and after a few year hiatus, I was looking to get another published. Couldn’t find a reasonably-priced publisher that could allow sales of this book to be at a price most would want to pay. And I believe I still have one unused ISBN – proof of which is … somewhere.

    Did you know there’s almost no demand for obscure-topic technical or family-specific topics? There goes my retirement [ 🙂 ]

    Good luck with the search and I’m on the “Buy” list.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2024, 4:23 AM
    • ghostsniper May 14, 2024, 6:34 AM

      She could be my new hero.
      I posted that speech on the 3rd of May, here:


      • Joe Krill May 14, 2024, 11:04 AM

        To both of you anonymous posters, “Thank you”. Most fascinating, she speaks perfect English and is telling it like it is. Unfortunately most people will not take the time to listen and watch. I have read that the “jab” is causing a lot of infertility and that the invaders are not required to have received the “jab”. The end of the white race may be sooner than most think.

  • jwm May 14, 2024, 9:44 AM

    Thank you for the update. Still looking forward.


  • Gnawbone Jack May 14, 2024, 2:25 PM

    Thnx for the book info.

  • ghostsniper May 14, 2024, 2:58 PM

    This is pretty cool
    Gunpowder Cellar of Tartu, Estonia
    100’s of years old


  • jd May 14, 2024, 3:06 PM

    Thank you, Neo. Your work on Gerard’s book is much

  • David B May 26, 2024, 2:48 AM

    Thank you very much for doing this, Neo. Please put me down for a copy, price no object.

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