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March 11, 2006

Done with first pass of Egypt

Done! And I can't say much more than that. Wow. The tough part is over. Now a few bounces back and forth with my editor, and the text is solid. I'm quite psyched about having two days off, now. Maybe I'll even take three. But I should hunt through my notes and such, see if I have the date that the art is due. I"m going to be locked down again, 15 hours a day or so, 7 days a week for however it takes me to finish the art. 'Cause that's how I like to work, I'm not complaining. But that's how it will be, so I should look up once to note how much distance to the shore, and then put my head down and work it. I really, really look forward to doing the art. After writing, it's like shakin' it all out, shakin' your fingers, legs, arms out. Drawing—-after so much intense reading/writing-—is like swimming around the pool, after you've been building a ten foot replica of the Temple of Karnak out of toothpicks. Yeah. Something like that.

Dinnertime. Tomorrow I'll do an edit. Tighten it up. Monday, I'll give it to Gail.

joaquín ramón herrera writes for children, adults, and other humans found elsewhere in the continuum of development. He is also an illustrator, musician, and surprise protagonist. If you have found his glasses, wallet, or keys, please contact him here.

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