I’m in a bit of a rush right now so this will be quick.
A couple of weeks ago I made a big announcement that I had completed my new manuscript. Well, never mind.
In my exuberance, not to mention impatience, I made that statement before I heard the comments of one of my trusted readers. Well, they don’t call them “trusted readers” for nothing. I do trust this woman and so when she said my novel seemed like a tapestry with some threads missing, I listened to her. Indeed, the book was all there — mostly — but I hadn’t gone through and made sure all my threads were tightly woven, that each theme was mentioned and present throughout. You can’t ask a reader to feel strongly about something if you only mention it once 75 pages earlier. Hmmm. So I’ve spent the past two days starting at the beginning and restitching, so to speak. Adding little reminders here, little mentions there, pulling it all together. It’s been interesting and, actually, fun. Reading something all together, all in one go (or as close as possible) is incredibly helpful. For me, it’s the only way to see when things have gotten dropped and when new things appear out of nowhere. I should be finished tomorrow, and then on facebook and twitter I’ll make a new proclamation. And on here, I’ll update my meter to show a completed work with well over 80,000 words. And then…and then…the fun begins. Sending it out. Seeing what will come of it. Being at this point a second time around is a whole new feeling. It makes me think it would be a good time to look back and revisit the roller coaster of publishing Tangled Roots. Yes, I think I may do that next week.

But for now, goodnight. I’m off tomorrow to the launch of a new poetry anthology in support of The Cold Weather Shelter Project that I am most pleased to be a part of. I’m thrilled to know that my poetry will lie within the same covers as that by such important poets as Sampson, Hacker, Brownjohn, among others. Thanks to the wonderful poet, Ruth O’Callaghan, for being the guiding light behind the creation of this book and the support of this important program. Come along if you can: 6.30 for 7 pm Friday, 18 September United Reform Church, 1 Buck Street, Camden, London. Oh, and poets from the floor are welcome.

Oops. Gotta’ run….