Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I Get By with a Little Help From My Friends

Oh, beloved. I have sooo been away, I know. Whatever shall you do with me? Thanks for your patience; I know many of you have checked here frequently, hoping from some word from me. Well, I am indeed here!

Forgive my absence. I have thrown myself entirely into the book, somehow having balanced that great effort with mothering and caring for our home. Remember after reading my book proposal, a publisher requested the manuscript, but the manuscript wasn't yet finished? Well, I threw myself into finishing that thing, and indeed finished the manuscript before the late June deadline time. I emailed it to the publisher maybe a week and a half or so ago. I told the publisher that the bibliography/reference section would be forthcoming. I underestimated the difficulty of doing a bibliography/reference section, but that is another story altogether. I told myself that since I finished the manuscript, I'd take a little break before working on the bibliography. I was having such a nice break, too.

Until another publisher contacted me, and requested the manuscript! Yes, another publisher. I was floored.

The manuscript was done, no problem! But I still had this bibliography section looming over my head, and now I was in a push to get it done, now that two publishers would be expecting it! What a labor that thing was! What a sore underestimation on my part! Tonight, I finished what (I hope) will be the final draft of the bibliography/reference section. At this point, I'm ready to throw the manuscript, bibliography and all to whomever will have it...just don't let me look at the thing for another month! I honestly feel like I need a break. Yes, a real break. Still, I feel like I have a few good books in me, and I don't think I can say that I'll rest too long. There are so many things to say. So many things to be written.

So you know where things stand. I'm waiting to hear back from the two publishers. No guarantees either way, of course; but we do hope for the best. I couldn't have done it without your help! Your encouragement and prayers have meant so much. This has been a particularly lonely journey; this is not an easy book to write, but it's still necessary. A special thanks to Lisa, Joanna, Kim, Isidora, Sanil, Sandra, Regina and Amber. You, dear ones, are the heart of this project...I can't thank you enough!

How are you faring these days, beloved? The weather here is gorgeous...we are working on home projects, and I have fun tooling around in my flower garden, when I'm taking a break from the book. Working in the yard is making for good exercise. Today I shoveled and hauled dirt to the maple tree in the back yard. I hope to plant something beautiful around that big tree soon. We'll see.

Off to bed...it's late and I need rest!