Yesterday was a Bit Of A Day, actually it was in fact One For The Diary.
You see yesterday a wee dream came true. I picked up the first proof copy of So Easy Herbal. A real published by publisher copy, a real in-your-face-honest-to-God-published-book type copy.
I sat there in their offices, I held my little booky wooky in my hands, well okay I fairly hugged that booky wooky and I said a silent 'Thank You'. It looks almost the same as before, a subtitle added to the cover, now reads "So Easy Herbal, Ten herbs, how to grow them, use them and save money", the addition of the publishers name etc. Small changes but huge changes. All so different.
I held my Herbal baby in one hand and I handed over Christmas with the other.
Yes gals, I finished Christmas and I did it in the time I had set myself. You see back in January I told my coach and wrote it down and said that So Easy Christmas would be finished by 17th March. Then I went into a total tail spin and thought there was no way on God's earth that I would get it finished by then. In fact I almost did everything in my power to make it not happen. I faffed about doing everything but the book because I couldn't see me being able to get it done.
Well, then I eventually pulled myself together, got a proverbial grip and knuckled under to do it. I stopped trying to be everything else, stopped trying to do this and that and put my head down. All the piles of notes, all the scraps of paper, all the images and ideas, all the mess that was to become the book that I just didn't know what to do with, it all sort of came together.
Yes all those fun little creatures from your average Walt Disney film (squirrels, rabbits, mice, blue birds et all) came to my aid and fluttered, scampered and tweeted around the house making it all come together in a perfect fairytale fashion. Ah yes, see the blue bird as it flits accross the living room clutching the perfect photograph to place just so next to a recipe held by Sammy the Squirrel. See the gang of mice as they test recipes in the kitchen, the cuddly bunnies busily crafting lanterns and ornaments and making garlands. Oh it is so nice to have such wonderful little helpers. Oh did I mention that they all sing as they work. In fact there is a full philharmoonic orchestra playing in the background someplace too.
Yes of course this is reality, oh well lets just say that it eventually came together with or without intervention of cutsey animals and sound effects.
So here I am this morning. I now have no excuse for the total chaos that is the dining room (also where I am right now) covered in Christmas paraphernalia, crackers, ribbons, pine cones, ornaments, glue, fabric, glitter (lots of glitter), papers and crap.
There is nothing for it – I shall now have to clear the mess and find the room beneith.
Scary thought; wish me well dear reader as I dive in there with bin bag, cloth, hoover and a gritty determination hitherto unheard of in the realms of housework a la Walton's Mountain.
I may be some time……….