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Friday, April 20, 2007

That Puritan Is Off My Chest

Thursday I dressed in chic black swim trunks with a red racing stripe and my special writing tee shirt. Because I am a grossly fat robust gentleman, my shirt is so large that it takes two passes of the computer scanner to capture the whole picture on my chest:

No. I’m not superstitious and this is not a lucky shirt.

It’s just that the mystic charm of the picture on my chest strikes my fancy.

Nothing magic about it.

I just like it.

It’s my custom to wear this particular shirt on the day I finally send a manuscript off to the printer for my proof copy. That’s what I did at 3:30 Thursday afternoon with the 16th Century Richard Rogers Diary ms that I’ve been editing for all these months.

It’s done.

Thanks be to God!

I’m glad to get this writing project off my chest so I can move on to my next one. Yes, another two editing projects await in my Work Pending file.

Shouldn’t say this about a book I hope to sell, but I’m sick of Richard Rogers!

Too spiritually helpful and up-beat for me to get my heart into.

The title of the 140 page book is Seeking A Settled Heart: The 16th Century Diary Of Puritan Richard Rogers. In a week or ten days my proof copy will come back all bound and shiny from the printer. I expect it to look like this:

I always expect my work to come back looking something like that.

But I’m a realist.

I know all too well the truth illustrated in the old cartoon that hangs framed on my office wall, it features that famous writer, the owl Shoe :

I know exactly how Mr. Shoe feels.

Vision meeting reality disappoints.

However, another writer, Ms J.K. Rowling, had better watch out; my Puritan Richard Rogers book will become available before her next wimpy Harry Potter book hits the stores.

Do you think my book will sell as well as Ms Rowling’s books do?


Well, neither do I.

But I’m pleased with it anyhow.

Glad to get it off my chest!

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posted by John Cowart @ 5:39 AM


At 6:48 AM, Blogger Pat said...

Sounds like a well deserved sigh of relief before on to the next book! Ms. Rowling is kicking herself right now for not beating you to the publisher with her next book. That will teach her not to slack off next time! She was probably looking for her lucky writing shirt - the one with the dollar signs on it!

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Seeker said...

Have you worn the letters off your keyboard yet?

At 4:54 PM, Blogger jellyhead said...

Congratulations John for completing the editing of the diary - yahoo! It's always fun to go on to a fresh project.

I like your idea of wearing a special outfit to celebrate completing a book. Surely there must be a special meal and maybe even a celebration dance with Ginny? :)

At 9:05 PM, Blogger Val said...

Heh heh, I think we all have some pieces of clothing that we wear as a part of a superstition ritual. I won't mention what I wear to all the football games.

Got a laugh out of that cartoon!

At 9:30 PM, Blogger agoodlistener said...

Congratulations on finishing that project--it's a wonderful feeling. You are a bit more prolific than I, since I only have one book done. I prefer short pieces and I bang out a lot of them.

I always loved "Shoe". I saved some of my favorite strips. Wonder if there are collections published yet?

On "lucky" clothes: I wore the same jeans and shirt to both my open heart surgeries. Hard to fathom why I thought they were lucky, since I had to wear them twice.

At 9:38 PM, Blogger agoodlistener said...

Answered my own question: yes, there are "Shoe" collections. They are here: http://tinyurl.com/2oxxqo


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