State of the Book Address I

September 19th, 2011

The actual writing process has slowed a little bit, but the work continues. I’ve not added a single word to the first draft this week but the work has not ceased though.

I’ve spent some time at the Washington County Historical Society researching Lizard Mound Park. Its history is captivating. Animal effigies created for reasons unknown by an enigmatic people, vandalism, grave robbing, and ghosts. I’ll be starting on the first draft of this piece shortly. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into this piece.

I’ve also continued to gather useful information from county residents. I’ll be meeting with a couple of individuals later this month to hear their stories.

Later this month I’ll be going on an investigation with fellow P.I.R.S. investigators. We’ll be going to Madam Belle’s Silver Dollar Saloon, looking for the ghost of Belle herself. I’m extremely excited to be going to a bar that used to be supposedly frequented by Al Capone. Even if the ghosts are quiet, I’m told the food alone is worth the trip. This is one claim I hope we can’t debunk.

In addition to my work on the book I’ve other obligations coming up. The WCHS’s “Ghosts of Washington County” Halloween fund raiser is a little more than a month away (Oct. 21-22). I’ll be haunting the Old Sheriff’s Residence and Jail for the fourth year in a row. Do consider coming out and supporting the Society. “Ghosts” is always a highlight of my year. The only thing more exciting than looking for ghosts is pretending to be one.

Until next time,

J. Nathan Couch.

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