The Winds of Change
I finally got my book away to the printer yesterday.What a process ,what a challenge ,what a day !!!
It made me smile as I headed off to the printer on d day,(deadline day )with one tiny little usb which contained 9 months of creative work and the contributions of 8 different people …..how could all that work all those long hours painting and writing and editing and formatting and angsting and collaborating be reduced to one tinsy little device ?
And even then when I got to the printers the printer didn’t actually keep the usb but just used it to take a copy of my PDF files …..Unbelievable I found myself marvelling at the technology of this unassuming little devise peering in to the silver flute wondering where my 20 illustrations could possibly be stored as if there was some tiny little art gallery storm room in there somewhere ..
The final proofing took an age .it was the punctuation and the grammar that really got to me .Punctuation was never my strong point ..My journey through academia is strewn with kindly well meant comments from Uni professors acknowledging the quality of my writing but apologetically explaining they needed to take off points because I had managed to write a brilliant elucidation of an idea in 300 words without pausing for a single full stop …
However what you might get away with in a uni essay you certainly wont get away with in publishing a book where one tiny single letter out of place or one typo can undermine the entire quality and credibility in a book its one of the few things in life where there is no room for even a small margin of error.
Luckily for me a beautiful highly qualified editor with amazingly relevant qualifications and experience as a childrens teacher/librarian came in at just the right time and went above and beyond to do a final edit for me .I’m so grateful and appreciative of Judith’s contribution which freed me up to hurtle on down the runway to the finish line with getting the book to the printer Thankyou Judith and as someone who knows what kids like and respond to in literature your voluble praise for the story means a lot to me
I had a beautiful experience to when I still had one of 20 illustrations left to do which was called “The winds of change and late last week took myself off to one of of our local libraries with glue and scissors and colour markers to do some mixed media additions to the piece I was working on .I found myself sitting next to a lovely lady called Renee who was pushing hard to finish an assignment for her nursing studies .Renees FIFO husband sat picnicing with their baby daughter just across the bird filled lagoon just outside the library windows (looking for all the world like a tableau in the aussie version of a monet painting )while Renee slaved away at her lap top
Renee was however fascinated by what I was doing and preordered a copy of the book from me she would like me to dedicate to her daughter Charlie. I was thrilled and left the library on a high .Walked out having completed my picture , met a lovely soulful new person and made a sale
However just like ‘the winds of change’ were blowing through the lives of the characters in my story so the winds of change have been blowing through my own life .I am due to move house in ten days and have never been less prepared for a house move ……I have been really happy and productive here and very sad to leave ….. I have booked a storage unit thats about it art this point
I’m just so tired at this stage after the all out efforts to get the book to the printer and know I will be even more so after packing up house thinking of booking a week at a spa/health retreat and just plopping onto a massage table and letting them pile hot stones and crystals on top of me tube feed me organic soups and lead me to a lovely high point in the hills where I can chill and relax and meditate whilst gazing out at a beautiful sunset …….
Yep !! that could work for a week after this who knows sometimes you have to be prepared to live a day at a time travel blind and let the journey unfold……..