In spite of all the work I have had to do lately, I have managed to sneak in working on those last few pages of my book. I have about... 15-20 pages left to go through. Then it's proofreading like crazy time.
Another aspect I have been working on as a way to promote this project coming out is a Spotify Playlist of songs that inspired me as I was writing this thing. The only thing it doesn't have is the Beatles, which aren't on Spotify. There are many songs that I have referenced in some way in the book, and this is a chance for people to hear them and also the many others that remind me of this time period.
I am also looking forward to finishing up the cover design. It is a work in progress. This is my working cover, that will act as a stand in until we finish the real one. Luckily, I know an artist or two.
I feel really good about it, and I am really looking forward to holding the final version in my hand. Nothing beats getting a proof and knowing that you have finally gotten it all together. I have experienced this joy with my short story collection, but this one will be even more rewarding because I have put about four more years of effort into it, for a total of seven years spent on it. It's a long time to be working on one project, trust me. You start to get batty after a while.
I am so close I can taste the freedom. I can feel it on my skin and on my lips like I am standing naked in the rain forest. "Me Tarzan, you Jane." [I look at the time, and realize that I will be leaving soon].
As I think about the approaching night, "Up All Night" comes on and it sends me back and forward at the same time. Good times had, good times coming.
Time to go.