Tuesday, August 11, 2009
magical 150th post...
I write this to you on a foggy warm day. My office is pretty tidy and I have our old, small, kitchen table set up sideways to my desk. Yesterday it was covered in paperwork that I had to do - today it is cleared for Gwen. Because it is a magical writing day! Yesterday, I started my (hopefully) final rewrite of The Rock Walker. I had enough info from two writers to get at it and will be able to incorporate the others' feedback as it comes in. I find this very exciting. Jude gave me a list of easy corrections and a list of deeper concerns. Yesterday I did the easy stuff and started on some of the larger areas that need strengthening or changing (gasp!). Ron is going through with a fine-toothed comb but very lovingly.
In the past, I may have been (oh heck I for sure was) somewhat prickly about feedback that wasn't gushingly positive. For this project I don't feel a bit like that. I want to know what works and what doesn't. I believe in this book and know that I can make it a good strong work. I am willing to put the time into doing that and then the time it will take to sell it. I feel like a rodeo horse in the chute - lots of pent up energy - let me show the stadium crowd my stuff!
What's the difference with now? I have no idea but I think it has to do with really getting my chops down so not being afraid that the whole thing is a wash. Picking at the paint colour or even suggesting I change some of the main beams will not cause the whole structure to fall apart. Enough of the mixed metaphors. I got work to do!
OH - and I need to make a new deadline! The book will be ready for professional eyes by September 5th OR sooner!