So this morning, I pressed ‘Send’ and the last chapter of the new book went winging its way to my editor in New York.
There was a brief glow of accomplishment. A full-body glow, all shiny and radiant. “Finished!” I thought, even as I knew this was untrue. Books are never really finished.
There’s a final edit to be done, and then copy-editing, and then the dreaded “author’s questionnaire” will arrive from the marketing department, and as on just about any questionnaire I’ve ever encountered, I just won’t fit. Among other things, it’ll ask me (in slightly different language) to “please describe in 200 words what just took you a whole book to say.” I’ll agonize over these 200 words, and never manage to get them right.
And then I’ll wait, heart in mouth, for the pre-publication reviews, which will determine whether ‘Agnostic: a Spirited Manifesto’ — yes, that’s the working title — will thrive in the big wide world. And then for the post-publication reviews, in early 2016, which will determine if it survives at all.
Yet since there’s probably a certain masochistic element to being a writer, I’m looking forward to it all. In the immediate future, though, what I’m looking forward to is getting back to posting here on The Accidental Theologist. Some people manage to write short and long (post and book) at the same time, but I’m not one of them. That’s why I’ve been relatively silent over the last several months, restricting myself to brief squibs on Facebook and Twitter. It’ll probably take a while to get back into the rhythm of blogging (some of you will be able to tell I’m not back into it since I just mistakenly pressed Publish instead of Save), but with months of thinking stored up, who knows what might happen…
Glad you’re back. And looking forward to that new book.
AGNOSTIC is such an obscure and bombastic term. On the other hand, infidel sounds so crude and impolite. Is there a more moderate description of somebody who believes and yet not blindly believing, or believing with a pinch of salt.?
Obscure and bombastic? Infidel? Salty belief?
None of the above.
I’d say read this book once it comes out, and then let’s talk…
Good for you Lesley!! I look forward to reading it. I may have a book party in Seattle in July for the book I’ve co-written with a friend: Wise Aging: living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit.
I’ll look forward to reading your blog more often
Joy, resilience, and spirit — Yes!
Do let me know when and where and I’ll be there, Rachel. And be sure to leave time for a drink here too!
A huge welcome to your own space, and a greatly revered one for us.
This brings in a sense of excited ‘déjà vu’ as we shared your sentiments even at the pre-release phase of The First Muslim.
If I can rightly predict through the title, this book will hopefully give us a deep insight into the minds of the agnostic way of thought. This has always been an intriguing subject to me, esp. after being introduced to your blogs and books. Haven’t met any in person as yet.
Meanwhile, looking fwd to your regular dose of intellectual stimulation…write on!
You got it, Nuzhat! Not ‘agnosticism’ — the last thing we need is more ‘isms’ — but new dimensions opened up by the agnostic stance.
Welcome back – I just finished The First Muslem and am urging all to read it.
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Thanks, Jo. Appreciated.
Congratulations! Looking forward to your latest book. I hope you can relax a bit now.
That’s my aim, Susie, but I’m entirely open to it’s being thwarted…
Welcome back! Can’t wait to read both your blogs and your book. I’m sure it will all be spectacular, just as your past work has been. Enjoy the book birthing process!
Spectacular would be… spectacular! Thanks, Elle.
congrats, lesley, look forward to reading your new book
Yes — I kind of wish it was 2016 already so’s I could hold it my hands.
remembering what my grandmother said “don;t wish your life away.”
but excited for you!!
After the months of holding, the pregnancy, the glowing anticipation, growing excitement, that’s-what-I-am-doing-with-my-time comes this new being, a few hours of “WoW….” THEN the tedious days of tweaking, fixing, and the awful PR that goes on and on. God, Lesley, you nailed it. Luckily I’ve got a few more months of writing to go. Then whatever I’m inspired to write goes on hold, and I become a sort-of willing servant to the technical and practical raising of my darling little book…. Can’t wait to read yours! love, Tamam