After the Edit

Relief, relief, relief . I just emailed the edit of Poets Cottage back to my publishers.
 No time to relax in Little Brick, however, as I now have to wrench myself away from 1930s/present day Tasmania to  hurl myself back into 1940s/present day Blue Mountains. A Tardis has nothing on me. Which of course is one of the joys of writing – the time travel.
Life has been hectic. Loads of doctor’s appointments for my daughter and her special (as in ‘not too many six-year-olds have them so she must be special’) gallstone. David has begun a new book which sounds wonderful and so we are both working together.
He is away on a work trip to Western Australia.
Our laptop crashed last week just as I had nearly finished the edit. I’m now boasting of several more grey hairs from all these harrowing hours as the old laptop went to laptop hospital.
I lost all my emails and my address book but did manage to salvage Poets Cottage and photos.
And so if I haven’t replied to your email or you haven’t heard from me for awhile, please get in touch as I’ve lost my emails.
So pleased the edit is over for now, but so wrenching to bid my characters adieu for awhile.
The skies are grey over Sydney and drizzly rain which is of course perfect.
This photo above is of the edit as I worked on it when we stayed at the Captain’s Cottage in Stanley.
I always feel empty after an edit and slightly dislocated. I need to exercise more and read Winnie the Pooh and Mary Poppins again
images via weheartit

8 Responses

  1. jen storer April 4, 2011 / 7:40 am

    this is all very exciting news, TP. i am so looking fwd to seeing your beautiful books come together. You are working so incredibly hard. Best healing wishes to little Daisy. jxxx

  2. gondalgirl April 4, 2011 / 10:08 am

    Congratulations Josephine, what a relief and a wonder to achieve a final edit. Your computer crash is very Mercury Retrograde, I hope you have better computer luck with your next one. x

  3. sleepydwarf April 4, 2011 / 11:32 am

    What a huge relief you didn’t lose the edit! I know that feeling when you’ve finished something that’s consumed you for a long time. It’s very hard to get back into things isn’t it?

    Your poor little girl. It must be horrible for all of you to have to deal with something like that. I hope everything’s OK.

  4. pinry April 4, 2011 / 12:51 pm

    congratulations on finishing the edit! i’m not surprised you feel unsettled after all that hard work, worry and running around for little daisy and computer disasters. i hope daisy is doing ok, and that you find some quiet time to recover.

    probably not what you want to get into at the moment, but i just read ‘the children’s book’ by a.s. byatt, and thought of you. really interesting read full of fairytales, bohemians, the arts and social history of late 19th – early 20th century england. have you read it?


  5. Nicole April 4, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    Yipppeeee for you – re winding up and bringing to completion your edit.
    Enjoy Mary Poppins and Winnie the Pooh.. you have reminded me and inspired me to re read those childrens books that make me smile, and make me happy.
    ONe of my absolute fav’s is There is a Wocket in my Pocket by DR Seuss…
    See you soon,
    Big Hugs, Nik xo

  6. April 8, 2011 / 6:42 am

    Hi Josephine, Long time no talk. Sorry I have missed you recently. Congrats on your first edit. How amazing. I wish you every success with the book. Talk soon. Simone xx

  7. Carla April 12, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    Congratulations. You must be thrilled the edit is over but I do relate to the empty feeling. I feel lost when I have sent a book to my publisher for the last time. I hope your daughter is ok. CarlaXx

  8. The Curious Cat April 18, 2011 / 8:17 pm

    Oh dear! What a stress and nightmare! Hope everything is okay! Just popped over here to catch up as it has been a while. What is going on with your little one and this gall stone?! Poor little mite! 🙁 Hope she is okay! Miss you xxx

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