My smile this week is a little odd, though I have done similar ones in the past. It is editing.
If you have read my blog for any length of time, you may have seen that I have been just on the verge of having my book The Old Mill ready to be publish for almost two years! Nothing else that I have put out has been quite as difficult or painful to get together.
Slight history – I wrote the book in the winter and spring of 2017. It shared some themes with The Halley Branch, which I was just preparing for publication at the time, so I pushed it back. I finally got to it in January of 2019 and figured I’d be set by August (typical time if I work hard). By June I had pushed it back to early November. In September I started putting out preliminary marketing posts, but in October pushed it back to January of 2020. In January of 2020, I was sure it would be complete by July, 2020. And then it was supposed to be ready by late October. Yes, two and a half months ago. Sigh. I have no idea why it has been so difficult.
In late 2020 I sent off a final draft to two people who edit for me.
And yesterday I have finally finished going through all of their corrections and recommendations. There were pages of notes, edited copies, phone calls, etc. But I finally got through them all.
So it is very possible I am reaching the end. I want to do one more out-loud read-through, from beginning to end, just to catch any of the obvious mistakes the three of us missed, but that is it for editing. And then it will be the start of the formatting. I hate formatting, but the light is at the end of the tunnel. And all drafting and editing will be done.
That is my Smile for the week, finally, after years, getting to and end point on The Old Mill.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).