It’s late at night

Updated: Sep 23, 2018

But I'm wide awake

This has been a strange week. Not at all bad, just busy and strange.

Early in the week I spent some time going over the working copy of my children's story. There were some corrections and improvements that needed doing.

On Thursday I spent some time with the wonderful Viv - AKA Vivienne Byrne - the young artist who has illustrated my story, a delight to know and a pleasure to work with. Let me say that if the story is good, the illustrations are nothing short of beautiful, vivid, imaginative, I could go on ad infinitum. Every one done in pencil, none of your digital stuff for our Viv!

As I was saying, on Thursday I spent some time with her updating her file and making final (I hope) adjustments to the text. This was an exciting day for both of us because, after all the time, the delays, the effort, we were preparing to leave our work with the printer the following day, Friday, only for an initial half dozen copies to check out paper etc. and make sure we end up with what we want. It was altogether a very pleasant and informative experience. Though handing the work over was a bit like sending your child to his first day at school. I had an urge to take it back with me and keep it safe - and mine.

Needless to say the feeling passed and I will admit to a little warm glow somewhere in the region of my solar plexus. All going well, we will be seeing our book with our own eyes and holding it in our own hands, within a week or so.

Pretty scary. Pretty wonderful.

It's a first for both of us. I felt a little envious of Vivienne, the illustrations are fabulous and anyone can see at a glance that they are something special. The story, on the other hand, has yet to prove itself.

I can't wait to see it.

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