I spent some time trying to think of a really great "proof" pun to title this blog. Something to do with "The Proof of the Pudding", or perhaps "Proof, If Proof Were Needed", but then I realised that was stupid and would undermine the OMG-ness of the moment. Because in my hot little hand in the picture below is my first proof copy of His Wicked Shadow, soon to be available in paperback.
|Is it normal for thumbs to do that? I can't even tell any more.|
But when HWS dropped into our letterbox, the sheer incandescent joy I felt was like nothing else. I held my book in my hand and couldn't stop moving about, shoving it into the face of OH and chanting "But have you seen what I did??"
OH kindly humoured me.
Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with it - it is the first proof, after all, but it is also the first time I've ever held a book of my own creation in my hand. So there's plenty more work ahead as I get it ready for sale, and I'll announce the release date once that becomes clearer (thinking mid September?). There's also An Unnatural Daughter, which will likely be coming out towards the end of the year. But I'll never get that moment again. As I start dissecting its faults, and polishing, polishing, polishing, that joy will fade, but it will still be the first paperback copy of my book. The thing I've dreamed of for years.
So lots to be getting on with. I started a new job last week after an emotional farewell from my old one, and have been working on a new painting. Still at the scary zombie phase, where I'm not sure if it'll be awful or not...
Here's to productivity!