I’m going to need to get back cover blurbs for this book. This won’t be hard. I’m also going to need to get an assist with graphics and photographs. Again, this won’t be hard.
I’ll also take care of small details in the next revision, making sure that I identify everyone by their first and last names, and also include their ages. I think that most of the descriptions are okay.
Oh yeah, the chapter in which I talk about where the non-recyclables go. I’m going to have to interview Butch Shapiro who is in charge of the Mat-Su Landfill.
I am glad that I didn’t allow this book to fall through the cracks. What motivated me to revise it, and will further motivate me to finish it, is the fact that the subject matter is so important. No one else has taken on this project like this one.
I remember when I was working in the sorting area, a local television station did a story. I could tell that the news reporter knew she was on to something. There was a lot of detail for her to work with – this including the very grubby workers, the eclectic setting, and the recyclables themselves. The set up was well organized and the volunteers were articulate. I said to her that I was writing a book and she said “uhh huh.”
I was told that the reporter took an afternoon of footage and condensed it into a two-minute segment. It amazes me that people can and will do this. I knew then, and further know now that there was a bigger story in the making.
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