Eight days from now we will commemorate, celebrate, or whatever term you’d like to use – the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Harvey.
(Note: Details about activities planned for that day will be published in the weekend edition.)
Leading up to the first anniversary of the storm that changed our lives, I published, authored, or whatever you want to call it, my second book.
The idea for the book’s title, Harvey Hit Here, was born in the checkout line of our local HEB, right before Christmas 2017, a few months after Harvey’s landfall.
I was standing in line with a few groceries when I noticed a big ol’ book. If I remember correctly, it was simply called Harvey. As I waited to check out, I thumbed through it before throwing it in my cart.
I quickly realized 99% of the book’s contents centered on Houston, and the catastrophe that city experienced due to historic flooding.
A second thought immediately followed, wondering why there were only a few pages covering the storm’s damage in Rockport-Fulton.
“Harvey hit here,” I said to myself.
In the back of my mind, I knew I would have to commemorate that historic event in some way, and with the constant nudging of my wife, I embarked on self-publishing, from beginning to end, my first book.
To keep this on the up and up, I actually wrote my first book, 30 Years Thru the News/Lens, three years prior in 2014, but paid someone else to put it all together. I shelled out a pretty penny to that person, but it was delivered just in time for a corresponding exhibit at the History Center for Aransas County commemorating this newspaper’s 145th birthday.
Publishing Harvey Hit Here was a good experience, and it made me remember the good and the bad after the storm.
I’ll never forget getting down on my hands and knees and praying that it would be delivered on time.
Without going into details, some issues with self-publishing were had by this novice.
Laying out the book was time consuming, but it wasn’t hard, I do that for a living, but being at the mercy of Amazon was a bit painful.
The day before the first anniversary of the storm, 200 copies of the book were delivered to my office.
I don’t think I was ever so relieved in my life.
Fast-forward almost four years and I’m putting the finishing touches on Harvey Hit Here +5, and hope and pray it is delivered by next Thursday.
It’s sort of hard to have a book signing without a book!
The thoughts for my newest book started swirling around in my head a couple of months ago. My wife, nudging me again, let it be known I might want to take the thoughts out of my head and stick them in my computer!
To make a long story short, I finally did.
The one bad thing about having an obsessive/compulsive personality is that I tend to procrastinate on some things, but once I get started, I literally don’t stop until I finish.
I guess I was born to be in a business with deadlines.
While looking for some information for Harvey Hit Here +5, I ran across the plastic box in which I stored all my notes from that first year after the storm.
Talk about bringing back memories.
This will be my last book about Harvey, but working on it made me realize just how far we’ve come, as well as how much I’ve changed.
Think about what was going on in your world the year before Harvey.
I told you so!
A lot of water has gone under the bridge.
Experience and time has changed us all.
Until next week, have a good week!
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.