2020 has been a surprising year.
During the trials and tribulations of the lockdown period I've discovered a whole new work ethic, freed from the constraints of appointments, shopping, socialising etc. In common with most of my creative friends I've been acing work deadlines and multitasking like a demon. Who knew that lockdown would prove so productive?
My major achievement this year has been finally completing my book, which has been on my To Do list for the last decade. There have been no end of false starts and I've lost count of the number of times I've abandoned it as a lost cause.
But it's been niggling away at me, whispering 'finish me, finish me.....' and although I've mostly ignored its pleas, the opportunity presented by 2020 provided the perfect 'eye of the storm' environment to buckle down and get it done.
Now that it's finally finished I'm in an endless loop of checking and editing, double-checking and editing.
No matter how many times I go through it, I'm still finding the odd rogue full stop, or an extra space between words, or an ugly hyphenation. I'm a bit of a pedant when it comes to grammar and punctuation and I will be mortified if any schoolgirl errors slip through. However my over-familiarity with the text makes it really difficult to spot them.
So for the next few days I'm in editing/proofreading mode. However I just know that the nanosecond after I send the files off to the printers, I will notice a glaring mistake. Thankfully I will receive a printed proof copy, which I'm going to have to go through with a fine toothed comb, on the hunt for inevitable flaws, but once I've made any amendments and signed off the final proof that's it. I'm also aware that images will probably look different in print to how they do on my laptop screen.
Scary or what?
Anyway.... here's a sneak preview of the cover
I don't have any time to waste if I'm going to have the books delivered in time for the full unveiling of the website. As soon as it's gone to the printers I don't have the luxury of resting on my laurels as I have loads to do to get the website properly up and running.