Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Book #2 is ....

done. And turned in.

Yay!

I have to say, though, clicking on that button to send her to off to meet her editor was tough. It took me about an hour to actually press down.

Like watching your child walk into the classroom on the first day of kindergarten.

Anyway, the manuscript really is gone. Temporarily. She's spending time with the very loving and capable Editor Wendy. After that, there'll be a revision letter. And then she'll come back home and we'll hang out again together until about August.

And what did I do on this first day of empty nest syndrome?

I had a very very excellent cup of Typhoo tea (thanks to one of my sisters). And settled in to begin reading the following books:

The Gollywhopper Games by Jody Feldman
A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz
A Thousand Sons by Khaled Hosseini

Tomorrow, I'll catch up on my blog reading, meet a good friend for coffee and take a much deserved nap.

An aside: There's an interesting post up today on the class of 2k8's blog about MP Barker's characters for A Difficult Boy.

27 comments:

Laura said...

YIPPPEEEE! YAHOOOOOO! CONGRATS! KUDOS!!!!!!!

Luisa said...

Hi Barrie! Congratulations! And hey, guess what? Me too! I turned mine in yesterday! I love the way we're following each other through writing life! :)

Happy resting!

Luisa

deboradale said...

Oh wow, Barrie. The way you describe letting your baby go really tugged at my heart. I understand the feeling but - just like when you didn't bail out son #3 - you've done the best thing. That baby needs to be seen by everyone. Hopefully the edits will be just enough that you'll have quality time with her but not so much that it feels she's moved back in. LOL.

Super congrats. What a fantastic accomplishment. ::clapping::

~Debbie

Christine M said...

Congratulations! Yay for you!

JaneyV said...

Well done! Wouldn't it be lovely if Wendy says it's just perfect the way it is!

I like decent cuppa myself. I can't be doing with anaemic -looking brews that have a string hanging over the cup.

christine mercer-vernon said...

WOO-HOO..CONGRATULATIONS! good job! i would have had butterflies in my belly pushing that send button too. now you can take a well-deserved break!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I knew you could do it! I hope you enjoy some down time. You deserve it. It's just to bad I am not there for you to hangout with. LOL! XO

YPN

Rebecca said...

Enjoy your tea, enjoy your books, and enjoy your down time!

brian_ohio said...

Way to go! That wasn't so hard... was it?

Talked with RV the other day... she had nothing but nice things to say about your visit with her. I was shocked! ;-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Congrats. Good news indeed. I like your metaphor/connection with empty nest syndrome. And yes, reading...... Love to have time for that.

Sarakastic said...

congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

Carleen Brice said...

Congratulations!! If you're anything like me, you'll be tinkering with book 2 even before you get your revision letter. ;)

Larramie said...

What a feeling...to have time to breathe as well as bask in the glow of accomplishment. It doesn't get much better does it, Barrie? Enjoy! :)

Shelli said...

Congratulations! I know that must feel so good. Enjoy your break.

Mary said...

Congratulations! Those must be nerve-wracking moments before and after hitting that button. (I’d be a wreck.)

Enjoy reading and relaxing!

~Virginia~ said...

hooray! that's awesome! :) enjoy the nap (those are always welcome) and the coffee (even more welcome in my world). :)

booklady said...

Congrats on getting book number two off to your editor! Enjoy your reading now. Nothing feels better than some well-deserved reading time with a stack of good books.

Becky Levine said...

Oh, wonderful. That means there are TWO of your books out there for me to read. :)

Congrats and congrats on knowing to give yourself a very "down" day afterwards.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Congrats--it must feel great!

You started reading all those books at the same time??

Angela said...

great!

theneatos said...

Sweet! Super Big Congrats! (fingers crossed)

Mrs. Annie said...

Hurray book two done! That is great news (we'll not even think about editing...)

Patti said...

go your studness....

Bill Clark said...

w00t!! Megacongratulations on the delivery of literary offspring #2!!

I hope Editor Wendy is like my Editor Amy - she basically gave me what she called a "light edit", merely picking apart one majorly weak chapter that I already knew sucked, and making me conform to the house style manual. I spent a couple of hours slaving away over a hot computer, and presto! - the crapoloa chapter was fixed and the book was done. (Of course every time it went to reprint I continued to tinker with it, but that's another story....)

So get out and enjoy the warm spring weather and let the serotonin flow at the knowledge of a job well done. Whee!

Beth said...

YA!!!!!!! congrats!!!!! and I love how you say "her"....I can't wait to read it!

Colorado Writer said...

Ya for finishing #2. And yay for relaxing.

Thanks for coming by my blog. I've been in the revision cave for weeks with no end in sight.

Sherry/Cherie said...

Wonderful news Barrie!! That has GOT to feel good (a little scary, but good!!!!!).