Merry Christmas from downtown Eureka Springs

I hope you’re enjoying the holiday season as we wrap up 2022!

Not all that long ago, Eureka Springs’ tourist season ended in November. These days, December is packed with events, including a Christmas parade, an ugly sweater contest, and caroling. On the popular “living windows” evening, models enact holiday scenes in downtown shop display windows.

This year, we’ll even have a white Christmas, with snow still on the ground from Thursday’s Arctic blast. At least it should be sunny and above zero!

Looking back, I’m thrilled with the progress on my book this year.

The online Nonfiction Writers Conference in May, and the Ozark Writers Conference here in Eureka Springs in October, helped me learn what’s involved in publishing a book these days.

Also in October, I started this blog to announce the book and let you know how it’s going. Then I chose the book’s title and description, and lined up local artist Robert Roman Norman to do the cover.

Having finished writing the parts covering through around 1970, I started interviewing local residents with a wealth of knowledge about key people and events since then. I’ve done seven interviews so far, and hope to do about the same in the next couple of months.

With a bit of luck and a lot of work, “Welcome to Eureka Springs: The I-Sh*t-You-Not History of America’s Quirkiest Town” will be published next summer.

Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

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