Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Writer's World Wednesdays-Breaking Bad
I'm in big trouble.
For my new novel, "Valley of Shadows," I requested a book written by a woman who spent time in The Old Capitol Prison at the same time my heroine finds herself there. My library didn't have it, so the librarian sent a request out through the inter-library loan system. The book sent was published in 1867. This is not a reprinted version...it's the original. Neither the librarian nor I can believe the college let it out of their hands, even if it did come in a protective box with a warning to be careful handling it.
I broke it.
I was about a quarter of the way through the book, craning my neck to read one side then the other so I didn't open the fragile binding too far, when the cover fell off. I was hanging by a thread when it came to me, but that thread broke.
I feel terrible, and I don't know what to do about it. It's not like I can glue the thing back together or offer to get it re-bound.
I guess I'll just write a note and say, "I'm sorry, I handled it as gently as possible while reading, and if there's anything I can do to make reparations, here's my contact info..."
I 'fessed up to my husband. He said, "That's why you can't have nice things, dear."
Until next time,