I’ve been very remiss in keeping my RCC updates up to date, or interacting on the RCC blog itself – so apologies first to my wonderful fellow RCCers!
The reason for the absence from this part of blogging is based on the key challenge I originally outlined for my membership – how to juggle a blog, getting novels published and a job and still have a life, LOL! 🙂
Still, each day brings me closer to certain key goals. This week I received from lulu.com the draft cover art design and the first full proof of the first novel I am going to publish, The Seed. I now need to spend the weekend ahead going through it to see what revisions, if any, are necessary before it is published. I’ve done lots of editing of the original manuscript, so I hope it’s relatively few revisions needed, but I’ve never done this part of the process before so I have no idea how long it may take – I presume even if there are few changes one would need to thoroughly read the manuscript over again, and the novel is over 100,000 words, so that takes time I suppose. Maybe those who have done this before have tips to streamline it effectively – any advice would be most welcome!
What this means is I may not be around the wordpress blogging world as much as usual this weekend. I’ll try to drop by at least once a day to keep up if I can, but if it seems that I am gone from the ‘liking’ and ‘commenting’ side of things, please bear with me – I’m absent for a good reason, not for neglecting my fellow bloggers!! You’ll still see a couple of poems a day as I’ve written and scheduled them quite a few weeks ahead, and I’ll try to at least keep up with comments from those kind enough to read them, but I think this weekend will be quite insular and focussed – more about editing than creativity, more about isolation than community.
Hopefully the next post on this subject will show a cover reveal and some advance publicity on what the novel is about etc. I’m hoping to publish in the first couple of weeks of August and lulu.com at this stage think that’s a realistic timeframe – I suppose we shall see. 🙂
The Seed is all about the birth of a relationship from shared mythologies, dreams and beliefs. Birthing the novel itself has a similar feeling to it. I feel at this point like the seed is starting to sprout. It’s exciting and scary all at once. Thank you to all of you who have been so supportive to date – I shall rely on your kindness and guidance going forward!
So if you don’t see a lot of me over the next few days, I shall be back, and I look forward to diving back into our wonderful community then!! 🙂 🙂