The monkey is off my back!
Yesterday I shot the last three photos for the book, uploaded 48 jpegs, and emailed in the last 4 chapters. After pecking out something over 35,000 words and shooting over 270 photos I can get back to a regular schedule and also finish the layout. Writing the book was a long drawn out process because for each project I had to shoot in-progress photos step-by-step. This is a slow process sort of like shooting a claymation movie (remember Gumby). It also meant I had to actually build certain areas of the layout before I could even begin work on the project.
In the end though it means I now have a lot of neat new features on the layout such as a working telephone system, fast clock, electromagnet uncouplers, scale track, turntable, lift out bridge, working crossing gates, a working semaphore, well lit buildings, and a magnetic dispatchers panel. A couple chapters got dropped in the process such as the detection system and a way to automatically kill power to staging yard tracks once the train is fully off the yard ladder, but those can be done later as articles for MR.
I have promised myself that this will be my last book, except for editing the usual collection of past DCC Corner columns every 4-5 years. When he read that comment Tony Koester’s response was “Good luck with that, Larry. I said the same thing about a dozen books ago”. Maybe once I get the layout completed and operations underway I will be so bored that I will change my mind. However I have enough side hobbies to distract me so I don’t see it as a likelihood. Besides, my wife would probably shoot me if I started another one!