There’s a line in Andrew Marvell’s poem To His Coy Mistress that I love: ‘But at my back I always hear / Time’s winged chariot hurrying near’. The voice in the poem is that of a man persuading a woman to consummate their relationship and it always enabled some great classroom discussions when I taught it.
However, it is one of those images that sticks in your mind so much that they become part of your own language. Like many people trying to cram as much as they can into life, I am very conscious of the sound of that winged chariot. As a teacher, my daily work life is split into units of time, all of which have responsibilities allocated to them. At home, my husband works shifts which also dictate how certain pockets of time need to be spent. Inevitably, and as I’ve blogged before, the only flexibility my time often has is my writing. I took a break a few months ago to help give me more time for the things that were more pressing then.
But, this summer break, my writing life has been put to the top of the to-do list. We are not taking a lengthy summer break, I have not over-committed myself socially as I usually do, and I’ve made myself sit and write before doing anything else.
And guess what? I’ve finished the draft of Fault! That is only the start of the release process though and there are now many deadlines and dates to add into the calendar. Once I have had feedback from my beta readers, I will return to my manuscript and try to make it as good as it can be. I have to send it to my editor in early September, work on their suggested changes, and then send to my formatter in early October. And, fingers crossed that the above stages go without a hitch, Fault will be ready to be released on 21st October!
Thank you to everyone who has patiently waited for Fault, who has supported me during the dark days when writing wasn’t happening, who has kept their faith in me. I hope you feel that 21st October brings you enough in return.