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Monday, 16 June 2008

Sunlight Fifth Edit

Well. It's done.

I've given it all I've got, and it's packaged up and ready to go - and it's now 3.30 am. I've finished ahead of deadline, but once I started I just couldn't stop. I had a little blip on Friday when I was under the weather, but crashed on with it over the weekend.

Thank for all your support and good wishes.

I discovered a very strange phenomenon, though, whilst editing. Although I was enjoying reacquainting myself with the characters after a couple of months away, I found them nagging at me quite a bit. Nagging me to leave them alone and just clear off and start reading 'World Without End'. I ordered it from Amazon a few weeks ago (I was fed up with waiting for the paperback version to come out and am the zillionth person on the library waiting list for it).

I started reading, and then couldn't put it down. I knew this would happen. It always does with a Ken Follett. And this one is special - it's the sequel to 'Pillars of the Earth' and if any of you haven't read that, then I can highly recommend it. It's long - very long - but fantastic.

My wise guru of a friend said it was because I was scared of my novel actually being published, so I just wanted to hide behind someone else's book and bury my head in the sand.

I think he might be right. I'm sitting looking at the packaged-up manuscript on the coffee table in front of me and think I might just have to go to bed and get some sleep before I rip it open and just do another little check ......

8 comments:

Captain Black said...

Ooh, I'm a Ken Follett fan but I haven't read those yet. They're going straight onto my "to read" list.

Very well done on smashing that deadline. I'm sure JM will be impressed with the results.

Lane said...

Well done for finishing early Annie! I'm incredibly impressed. So you managed to finish the story in 1971 ready for the sequel?!! You're a star.

As our Captain says - JM will be well impressed! x

HelenMH said...

I'm so excited for you x Can't wait to hear further news.

KAREN said...

It's so hard to know when to stop fiddling. Just get it out there. I'm dying to know how it goes!

Maddie Moon said...

Well done, Annie, on completing the rewrite. I heard about your good news through Lane's blog. It's very exciting, I'll keep everything crossed for you.

TOM FOOLERY said...

Lick the stamps and post it woman! Well done :)TFX

motherx said...

Well done for finishing ahead of time! wow! there is no stopping you! I should be finished my first draft this week!!!

Debs said...

Congratulations for finishing your edit and so quickly too. I'm so excited for you and can't wait to read it.

Dx