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March 22, 2006

Done with Manuscript's First Edit

My edit, that is. My editor will give it back at some point, and I will make a second pass through. But MAN does it feel good to finish with that! That first edit through is always so reassuring. So much gets cleaned up. Granted, it will tighten up even more. But just the mess that gets smoothed out on that first pass...it always soothes my soul.

I have to put the backmatter together (acknowledgments, biblio, etc), and then I'm on to the art! I love to get lost in making the art. I really look forward to letting Horris run free in Egypt. The art and statuary of Ancient Egypt is really amazing. I feel honored to be rendering any work that in any way references it. Word. And I've been immersed in it for a while, since I started researching this book. I've gathered a ton of photos, and it will be fun to play with the look.

Meanwhile, I've been writing a bit in other places, places I won't link to right here. I don't want you to read too much and accidentally be recruited. Carry on with your carefree gardening, Emil! The army is large enough right now, and by dawn we have to pour our magical battalions down the Five Peaks like sunshine become fire. Send letters. They're always appreciated....

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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