I heard from Jen at Salt that the collection has gone to the typesetters.
It's going to be a real live BOOK!! Or at least, the proofs of a real book.
But how do I feel? A bit scared. A bit as though I have just left a much loved son at university, and am driving home with an empty passenger seat.
They are my words, and most have had validation through various means. But putting them all together is somewhat exposing, I find. I feel a bit naked, too.
But Salt continues to be great.
Jen has taken out another story that didn't 'fit'. I trust her judgement implicitly. And also, we've been discussing the beginning of yet another story; whether the reader needed a little more or maybe a little less information up front to make the journey flow more compellingly.
Jen cracked it by adding one simple thing. Not a paragraph. Not a sentence. Not a phrase. Not a word. But a single question mark. It just flips a light on.
V makes a mental note: the power of punctuation...