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I have mixed emotions on this. I'm truly grateful the project is now done, especially after the grueling sessions to remove seven hundred instances of the word "was" from the novel. Yet, I feel somewhat empty. There was rarely a moment between June of 2011 and this summer that I wasn't touching something up on the manuscript. Sure, there were times where I just edited a page or two over a period of a few weeks, but Paradise Not Quite Lost constantly stayed on my mind.
I guess this is how parents feel when their children leave the roost. They feed them, get them dressed, dole out heeded or ignored advice, remove their dependent clauses and crutch words, and get them ready for the world. And when the door shuts as they wave a tear-filled or gleeful goodbye, an emptiness sets in parents that can only be replaced with a good bottle of wine and a luxury cruise around the world. I'm sure I'll feel this way when the last of my 5 children exits
the house sometime around my 100th birthday.
Unlike children, who may or may not return, I know I'll see Paradise Not Quite Lost again when it arrives on my doorstep with a splashy cover and testimonials from Greg Bear, Neil Gaiman, and Oprah Winfrey. I'll just have to occupy my time with family, friends, hobbies, and sessions of binge watching Pawn Stars. Or, maybe I'll start editing the second book in the series. Yeah, that's the right stuff!
Do you feel withdrawal after your book or story goes to the publisher?