…WELL, ALMOST DONE. I have edited my story, attempting to create two books out of the 66,000+ word manuscript. It is in now the process of a professional edit at the publishers — after I bravely handed it over to my four Beta Readers to see if I’d chosen well. My Beta Readers agreed — definitely more than one book…one specifically saying three books, and he wants to see more! While it was in the hands of my Beta Readers, I actually came to the same conclusion. Like minds…
I have read, re-read and still, I find this story fun, engaging, with surprises around many corners and I want more! And more is piled up in my brain, ready to spill out onto the keyboard when I am ready to sit back down and get serious again. But, right now, I am anxiously awaiting the return of my manuscript, which I am sure will be rife with corrections…corrections that will need rectifying very quickly if I wish to keep my October, 2013 release time frame.
In the meantime, I have been on holiday, enjoying myself…not thinking (well, not too much at least) about writing. I have my cover art well in hand…in good hands of a wonderful artist, Michele Littlejohn-Luccketta of The Potters Hand. Tomorrow, she will reveal her handiwork to me and I am excited to see it! She will also take my picture for the author’s photo on the cover. I want to keep my book and all that goes in to it as local as possible…except the publishing part.
I have yet to create much of anything artistically at the Open Ground Studios, except for the mini-workshops that are open to the public. I’ve made origami creations, Japanese sumi-wash painting, had fun at a social night or two, gone to several exhibition openings for fellow artists and this weekend, I will participate in a workshop led by Frank Trueba, to learn how to make/create Japanese wood-cut prints and enjoy his exhibition opening. Just so you know, most — if not all of this — is available to the public, so if you are interested, come check it out (click on the link above to find out more).
My holiday seems to be drawing to a close, as my brain is beginning to fill to overflowing with ideas for the new books in this series. This makes me happy — yet I am clinging to this lovely feeling of holiday-time…the leisureliness of it, not wanting to get back to the grind of frantically putting to paper all the thoughts piling up in my head. But if I don’t begin to ‘release’ some of these thoughts, I feel my head may explode…
To make matters worse, my brain has the notion of taking all of my personalized stories and those stories told in the classroom over the years and weaving them into an anthology…well, perhaps an anthology series, since there are quite a few stories to be had.
But, for now, whilst keeping myself busy having fun — cramming in as much leisure time as possible — I anxiously await 7August13. That is the promised date on which I will receive (perhaps before) my edited manuscript for correcting. It seems so far off — yet so very near! Exciting.
The countdown has begun.