In case you haven’t noticed, I— Angel Ackerman, the publisher at Parisian Phoenix, pride myself on my nerdy side.
So when we finished the lay out and final line edit of our upcoming nonfiction anthology on marginalized identities, I told our director that I wanted to index it.
It took ten days of flipping through the pages.
I finished this morning, while watching season three of Cobra Kai and drinking Yogi lavender honey tea.
It was laborious and required painstaking attention to detail, and I’m certain I put many of the wrong pages down. But it gave me an intimate familiarity with the topics in the book.
More than one story mention police violence.
Disability is a prevalent topic.
At least two stories mention broccoli.
Alcohol factors into several stories— alcoholism and life operating a tavern.
Children, teenagers, different stages of life, body image. Various ethnicities and religions.
Even though everyone in the book has a connection to the Lehigh Valley— the geographic range includes Africa, Europe, and within the United States stretches from the East Coast to West Coast.
There is beauty. There is pain.
There is past, present and even future.
The book offers a strong spirit, a sense of reflection and a range of perspectives.
Indexing the material allowed me to confirm that.