Did you ever notice that a weekend gettaway (whether for business or pleasure) is great, but the preparation time and "de"preparation time takes up a lot of time? Mainly, I'm talking about laundry.
My husband and I were away for the weekend - not a long trip - we left on Friday after work and returned by midday on Sunday. And it seemed that everything leading up to the trip had to do with laundry and everything since we've gotten home has revolved around laundry as well. We did laundry before the trip so we'd have fresh, clean clothes for the weekend. We did laundry after the trip because all of our clothes, whether clean or dirty, have been smushed together in a small suitcase for forty-eight hours. It seems like I've spent more time doing laundry in relation to the trip than actually being on the trip itself. Will the laundry ever end?
I'm starting to ask the same question about edits. It seems like I've been working on edits for ages. First there were general edits, and then some rewrites, and then edits of the edits and rewrites, and then...well, you can see where I'm going with this. It seems like I've been working on edits longer than I worked on the manuscript in general. What I've got now are the final edits. I have a sneaking suspicion the word "final" in there is just a tease. Because after I turn in these so-called final edits, I'll get galleys - one more chance to make sure everything is perfect. But again, I get the feeling that even after I decide everything is A-Okay, when I get the book in print, I'm thinking I might find one or two things that may just have slipped through the cracks.
Don't get me wrong, I'm going to be so thrilled to see this book in print. It will be a dream come true for me. I just hope I'm done with the laundry - er, ah - edits soon.
Until next time,