It has been an age since I posted, and I can tell you it has everything to do with working up a manuscript. The focus required to complete the tasks related to producing a manuscript for publication preclude spending time writing anything else; not tweets, not blog posts, not even emails.
The content edit (a line by line edit which edits grammar, form and structure) was returned to me a few weeks ago while on vacation in Europe, so it just had to wait until I returned to address it. The only bits remaining for revision were some insertions and corrections that only the author can write or make decisions about. The editorial group at the publisher are excellent at responding to my questions and providing clear guidance as needed in this phase of the editing process. The soon to be completed revisions will then to be shipped back to the editorial staff for one last look-see, re: the changes that have been introduced recently.
I have continued to follow the guidance of the editor, subverting any ego that might interfere with the process. In fact, if the author still has an ego remaining after the editorial process, then they have a problem. By now, one’s ego should have been replaced with enhanced self esteem as his work has become more and more refined through the process.
One must remain circumspect and objective as he continues to work through the editing process. I, once again, highly recommend using a first rate text to voice translator so that you can listen to your own words. Your work becomes like a talking book and you can distance yourself sufficiently in order to remain objective.
I have enjoyed this little foray back into the world of blogging and have a series of ideas to present based on observations made during my recent Grand Tour of parts of Western Europe.