Saturday, December 11, 2010
Two weeks ago, on the day I finished the last draft (of this round) of the new book, a few dozen white birds landed on the lake. Swans? Snow geese? Perhaps one of you can tell us what they are. Beautiful they were, but short stay visitors. Off they went to the south, and off my manuscript went to the east, to editor and agent.
Then it was limbo time: catching up on delayed obligations while awaiting word on the ms.
The snows came, gently at first and then blizzardy all around, and now there is a still, frozen, white beauty outside:
When the snows stopped, the agent and the editor weighed in: ta da! All is well. The book survives. There will be more to fix and polish, but these first viewings are key.
Outside, I look back in and see the inside and outside reflected back and forth:
And it somehow reflects the book: I am in it and out of it, in every word and every image.
Maybe you will see my tracks:
The next stage includes discussions with editor and further polishing and revision. That will take anywhere from weeks to months. But right now, I'm relieved and content.
'Night everyone; stay warm if you are in snow country.