Posted by: Linda Proud | September 14, 2007

It’s Gone!

One sign that you are coming to the end of a piece of work is when the idea ‘I’ve finished!’ begins to occur with ever-increasing frequency. How often I’ve said it these past few weeks! How often I’ve been told to go and celebrate, but I didn’t feel like celebrating, not yet. I got up at 4am this morning to review the last-minute revisions of yesterday and then went for a long, hot soak in the bath. Suddenly, in the midst of steam and on the edge of sleep, I realised I had missed out a very key point. It happens so often, that one forgets to state the obvious, that I’m really surprised that I haven’t learnt the lesson yet. Anyway, back to the draft which is the fifth of its kind titled ‘Final Version’. I found the place where it should be and put it in. It did not cause seismic shifts in the rest of the text – a good sign. So then I sent it off to David, and sat for a couple of minutes watching the upload arrow on the envelope icon, feeling rather stupid and spent. David is now sending it to the typesetter.

That’s it then. Thirty-three years of work ended at 11.30 am on Friday 14th September, 2007. I did promise I would sing, but I don’t feel like it. Perhaps that will come later.

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