Taking a Breath

The manuscript for The Book is D.O.N.E. Done! I finished writing and drawing diagrams and editing photos today. I do still have to complete three of the quilts (they have been started, but my editor said that it would help them if I finished up the manuscript so that they could get that asap, and the quilts could come later). I also have to separate out the text and pictures and diagrams into separate files and such, so that it’s in the right format to submit, but I’m going to take a break for a few days, and finish that up right after Christmas. I can look at the text one more time with fresh eyes after I’ve been away from it for a few days and give it one more editing run through.

Whew! What this all means is that I really did know exactly how long it would take me to finish all of this. I told the editor around the first of November that I could have everything done by the end of December, and that’s exactly how it’s turned out. I had it figured that there wasn’t a lot of time for anything but working on the manuscript and the quilts; no lunches with ITMan or friends, no breaks for casual shopping, not a lot of reading for pleasure (and I miss my reading!), none of those extracurriculars.

Other than that, it means that now I can take a small breath, try to catch up a bit and make Christmas as close to normal as it can be at this point. ITMan and I are going out shopping tomorrow and Monday to see what last minute small things we can pull together for each other and the kids, and get the food shopping for Christmas done. I might work in some Christmas baking on Sunday and Monday as well, and then I do have to make Christmas Tree Bread dough on Tuesday and shape the loaves on Wednesday, because it’s just NOT Christmas without it.

Right now, I’m headed to bed early, to read the book that’s been on my bedside table since I bought it in Houston. It’s a new book about Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey, one of my favorite authors, and it’s been sitting there calling me since the end of October. I’m sure Shadow will join me there (he’s still doing well, and we’re all looking forward to Monday when he can have stitches removed and get rid of the collar), and Patches may even deign to share me and the bed with him for a bit. *sigh* It’s the little things.

Edit: And for any of you who have been reading since last year, I did (finally) update the Christmas Tree Bread recipe post with pictures of the bread, such as they are. Maybe I can remember to get even better pictures this year!

6 thoughts on “Taking a Breath

  1. Oh you must be so excited to have it finished, almost like the birth of a child – and I am so glad to hear about your cat improving.
    You inspired me to rethink some of the junk I leave lying around, so I thank you and the two kitty-kids thank you as well.

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  2. Yay Nadine! Whoo whoo whoo! Congratulations on meeting your deadline and being able to enjoy your holidays. Merry Christmas to you and yours

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  3. I am going to enjoy this book – I know it. Your posts last year on what I think this book will be about were inspiring. I bought the batiks and have used them in two quilts for this Christmas – one is Dear Jane size Hanukkah motifs from the blues and the other is cabin motifs for my sister from the reds, browns, golds, and greens. But back to your book – very cool and congrats.

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  4. Thanks Rian! And a Merry Christmas to you too!

    Hi Kelly! Thanks! I do hope you will enjoy this book, as much as I’ve enjoyed creating for it and writing it! Your quilts sound wonderful!

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  5. Was very glad to hear you’re finished with the ms. I ran into this post while reading your Christmas post, and then backtracking on the kitty posts….

    And there’s the Misty book I didn’t know I wanted! So I just ordered it, along with a Pern one by Todd….

    You’re a VERY bad influence, my girl! *laughing*

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