Thursday, October 13, 2011

MAXDOG rollout

MAXMOM here...


The clock is ticking towards the launch of my dream...

I'm beginning to forget what it's like to have a good night's sleep. For the past 'however many' weeks, I've been involved in the painstaking final editing of the manuscript.   I have been totally immersed in my task and my editor has been absolutely amazing!  I am sure that her involvement in this manuscript has something to do with Divine intervention. I couldn't have asked for anyone better.

Thank you, Joan, for your patience, hard work and incredible talent!

  I've hardly listened to the news lately and I've not picked up  another book either.  I've been TOTALLY focussed on MAXDOG - ensuring that every word in the manuscript is correct and that the final product will meet with your  - my special readers' - approval.

The good news..

On Monday, the manuscript goes to the layout artist - to shape the text into an eye-pleasing and attractive presentation.   I also have to make final decisions surrounding which photographs are to be included in the book.  I am limited to 3 leaves - meaning 12 photographs. 
 Please tell me, how does one select 12 photographs from over 4000??? 

These decisions may appear small and unimportant, but they are eternal decisions - like that last brush-stroke on a masterpiece. This is make or break time!

It all means that for the last while, I have also been running on adrenalin. I've hardly noticed the world out there - my life feels like it has been put on hold.  Everything at the moment has had something to do with MAXDOG.  I, eat, drink, sleep, walk and constantly think about the story.  I could probably recite every sentence in the book if I tried.  Phew, its been a mammoth task! Why on earth do authors decide to publish their works, I have no idea. We must be nuts.

  Having said that, I must say that I am so, so happy with what it is all beginning to look like.

This morning, after I sent off the final draft, I decided to go into my garden again. 

 I've not had a chance to take in the world around me recently.  What a surprise! Everything looks so beautiful. There are emerald green leaves everywhere - the colours are exquisite!
("Fairy shoes")

Birds are nesting;  blossoms are sprouting too and there are signs of life all around me. Our beautiful, warm African sunshine encases the neighbourhood - warmth both in temperature and ambience.  Our swimming pool is sparkling and inviting too. I really am going to have to make an effort to take a break more often as MAXDOG's rollout continues.

Yes, I am a walking zombie and desperately need some good sleep.  Every morning nowadays, I wake up to the gentle prodding of Toby.  He's taken to simply climbing on my bed nowadays - uninvited. He has no hesitation in taking over our sleeping quarters.

 Admittedly, I am enjoying his attention - it's nice to know that he's looking out for me. 

"Mom, what's up?  There is a beautiful day out there!"

These are exciting times indeed!

I'm sorry that I've not got around to visiting your blogs lately, but truly - things are hectic here at the moment.
 I am struggling to find the time to do anything that is not MAXDOG related.

Please may I ask for your understanding in the next few weeks.

Sending lotsaluv to you all,


Anna the GSD said...

Oh, it's hard work!! But it will be so worth it! Can't wait to see the photos and everything!!!

Angus said...

Congratulations. Nearly there .

My Dog Sam - Ruptured Disk said...

Hi Maxmom, are you marking the days off your calender yet? Exciting. Toby - isn't that what comfy human beds are for?

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Caryl, just as you've been led to write your amazing and inspiring story, you will know in your heart which photos to select. I'm glad you're able to rest and step back for a moment and enjoy the beauty around you before you finish your beautiful book.

Asta said...

How vewy vewy exciting
It must be exhiliwating and daunting and choosing just 12?????????how can you pawsibully do that?
Tweasoowe this time, as Max would want you to.
Toby knows and undewstands and when you need a bweak, youw lovely gawden and the fuwwkids will be thewe to wefwesh you
smoochie kisses
ASTA and Mommi
pee ess I want those faiwy slippews
pee ess esss Mommi sends hew vewy best wishes

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweet friend, So glad you are beginning to smell the flowers again. Love all the pictures. I'm so impressed and proud of you my friend for writing such an amazing book. Take time and enjoy some relaxed days. We are leaving for a week and Reggie will be at the kennel. He is hanging in there.
Hugs & much love. Noreen

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Hi Maxmom, exciting it sure is. I can't wait to read your book. Try and get a little rest. Your garden looks wonderful and peaceful. Toby, you cheeky boy. We love you snuggling on mum's bed. Take care all. No worries, and love, Carol, Stella and Rory

The Life of Riley said...

The two photos that have always stuck in my mind are Max swimming in your pool (that you once had as a header photo) as that photo drew me into your blog, and "Max lost in stuffie land".

Only 12 photos - may I suggest that before you sift through all your 4000 photos you take some time to shut your eyes and think of Max. What do you see when you think of him? What is he doing and what expression does he have on his face? How do you think of him? For those are the special images you are looking for of your Max.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Love from
Riley (and his mum)

Two French Bulldogs said...

purrty soon, awesome!!
Benny & Lily

Anonymous said...

OH yea I bet you can hardly wait! My Mom is excited to!

woos, Tessa

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Maxmom
I know your heart will be able to pick the 12 photos needed. I just know it...
We are as excited as you,,as the time gets closer and closer

24 Paws of Love said...

Sounds exciting and exhausting all at the same time! What a wonderful feeling that your dream is alive and active and will touch so many. :)

Take the snooze, you deserve it!!

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