I have dearly missed blogging each day.
It isn’t sharing too much to say that much of the writing I did over the course of the past two and a half months was similar to blogging. I sat down each day, pouring out words for whatever topic I was working on at the time (we called it a word vomit), and refine from there. It is the same process for blogging. Even so, there is something very special and unique about sharing thoughts here, and I’ve missed it.
We finished the manuscript for our book and sent it last night, crossing our fingers. There are no guarantees, though. We don’t know that we wrote something compelling enough for the publisher to agree to work with us. We do know, however, that we did our very best. We worked hard, and both of us are much better writers now than when we started. What was supposed to be a simple “rework” (HA HA HA) ended up being a completely brand new book from start to finish. Amanda tells me it ended up being 113,408 words including the glossary and bibliography. (If my college professors could see me now….)
When we sat down with a calendar to figure out how long it might take to create a solid draft, June 15th seemed reasonable. What I didn’t even consider was that on this same date 35 years ago, this roller coaster slowly left the station for the first time.
If you’re not grasping the reference, that’s OK. I’ve been writing about journeys and traveling so much lately that I’ve really started ONLY thinking and writing in terms of transportation analogies. Our manuscript deadline shares the date with the release of Duran Duran’s first album 35 years ago. I suppose to at least Amanda and I, it is kind of poetic (and we are sure hoping there’s some karma happening somewhere) that we turned in our manuscript on the same date. (It was after midnight in the UK when we sent it!)
Not only that, but the release of “Pressure Off” also shares this date! (editorial comment: I wanted to check the date to be sure, and Wikipedia has the release date for the single being the same week as Paper Gods. Duranduran.wikia has the date being June 15. We have the same date listed, so I’m going with what the fans know!)
If THAT isn’t poetic….nothing is.
So, while I begin the attempt to get my house back into running order, I’m gonna play some “Pressure Off” followed by “Friends of Mine”. Seems like the kind of day for it.