I never expected to finish the revision of 25 chapters in five days. Of course, I must admit I’ve been revising for ten years so I guess it’s not all that surprising. But who cares? It’s done – 311 pages. Now, all I have to do is make copies and give it to my devoted writer’s group for one last look. I can tell you they’re probably sick of it but they’ve never had all the chapters together to actually read it through like a real book. I know there will be changes, albeit minimal ones. I’m terrible with comas and sometimes I get mixed up when to use italics for newspaper quotes and when I should just use quotation marks. I used to know those things but have learned to rely on my group for that. As for commas, Peggy is the comma Queen so she’s got that covered.
If you recall, there was a dove nesting on a planter on the steps of the condo where I’m staying. Yesterday evening, when I was leaving, I was delighted to see the dove resting on its nest. I tried to be quiet when I closed the door behind me but apparently I scared her off, and she flew away leaving behind two perfect white eggs. I don’t know much about birds but prayed she wouldn’t view me as a predator and abandon the nest.
The next morning (Day 5) when I arrived, I was a little apprehensive about what I’d find. Thankfully, the dove was back on its nest incubating her eggs. While she still has a ways to go, I couldn’t help but see the symbolism in this bird’s nest and the finishing of my book. So, here’s to hatching birds or books or whatever else that needs hatching.