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!



Anonymous said...

Good to hear an update--I hope to read that book someday!

Muhala Akamau said...

Thanks, Barry! Nice to 'see you' again!


Coveredwithjoy said...

I am so excited for you. A second publisher. Now what will you do if both want to publish?

The whole reference thing is what is keeping me from redo-ing the page on Wikipedia about my church. :P There is so little info.

We have a bit of a heat wave here. It's wilting me, but lovely for our every growing garden. I look forward to that sweet corn. I'd like to see what you plant under the oak. I love the pretties God created. Do you have anything in mind?

Muhala Akamau said...

Covered with Joy,
You are such a dear one. The heat is wilting me, as well! Hubby has yet to get the Central Air installed (something about a breaker box), so we are bearing with it. I worked soo hard yesterday hauling dirt back to our maple tree. I am a lover of flower seeds (perhaps I will one day try my hand at veggie gardening. My father-in-law gave me some mustard greens from his garden last week), and had some marigold seeds in the ground, but my neighbor told me hers needed thinning, and offered me some of her marigolds...so I planted some of those around the tree. I usually don't have good success with replants, but I'll see how it goes! I just LOVE flowers! I love tending to them and nursing them and watering them. If I had my way, the whole YARD would be a flower garden (but hubby won't agree to that!). Try to hold up 'neath the heat as best you can. Thank you so much for your kind words and wonderful support. You are a gem.

P.S. If both of them want to publish, I pray I'll make a good choice!

Anonymous said...

I love your new place here M, and I've been reading up on your journey of head covering...oh wow!

So I think I need to really properly catch up with you. How is life - how is the family? Oh so many things happening in both our worlds I can see. The best news is that I'm back to blogging (after an 11 month break!) and this way I should keep up with you a bit more.

I've lost your email address, changed my address too. Would love to hear from you (girlwithafro@gmail.com) I'll pop in again :)

xMaff (Faraja)

Coveredwithjoy said...

I just gave you an award for your blog over at my (non)poetry site.
You have encouraged me greatly and I enjoy reading about your life. :)
God bless,

Muhala Akamau said...

Maff, I'm heading to send you an email right now...hold on just a little longer!

Covered...how sweet!! You didn't have to do that, and I am so flattered. Big hugs to you!

Momma Jo said...

I've been wanting to check in on you and am finally doing so! Good to see your update here. I hope you are having a time of rest now!
Blessings to you for all your dedicated effort on your book!