From the desk of W. J. Onufer…
Today has been a bit manic. Okay…so more than a bit.
It started with a phone conversation I had with someone at my publisher. I had four issues to discuss that were greatly expidited by not using email and instead talking directly. Three of the four were answered quickly. The fourth, however, was something that I anticipated would be much more involved and a huge hassle to correct- that is to say, it would further delay the release of Beckman’s Folly.
As it turned out, it was something easily fixed. It was a technical issue and once again, I got an important learning curve. I learned something today. It was something I didn’t know before today. I no longer have that nagging issue to be dealt with, something I thought was a huge glitch to be fixed, something that has been a dark cloud over my head for the better part of a week. To say I’m happy about it being quickly resolved, is a massive understatement.
A little over a hour later, I sent my publisher the final approval for the interior of the book. My part in all of this was done. Any delay would not be because of me.
About three hours later I brought up my Facebook page to check out what was happening with my friends and fellow artist. One of those fellow artists, my illustrator, Keith Wood, the guys who does all of Hadley’s art work, got my attention on the Facebook instant message. We continued the conversation on Skype. In that Skype convo he shared his screen with me to show me the rough sketch progress he’s making on the book cover art of another Hadley Price story I’m preparing to release. That won’t being coming out for at least another year or so, but we’re already starting to deal with the details of it. And one of those details is book cover art. But even in rough sketch form, I have to say, Keith has done it again. I’m very pleased with what he’s shown me so far on that.
I was riding a on a high because everything seemed to be falling into place. The hurtles in getting Hadley’s first book published were dropping away. It’s release is pending. After all the work me and my team have put into this, Beckman’s Folly will soon become a reality. Add to that, is the fact that me and my team have found a place where we’re in the zone to continue producing Hadley Price books. We’re well on our way, doing the prep-work for publication of future Hadley stories.
So I was dancing on ceiling in the buzz of all this when I returned to my Facebook page a few hours later. I read a rather lengthy post by one of my Facebook friends. And since she has made it public by posting that on Facebook I can tell you who she is.
My long time friend, writing mentor and editor of my books, Christine Piesyk, has revealed that she has a growth on her breast. A doctor’s visit today has ruled out cancer, but they still don’t know what’s causing those lumps. We’re all waiting to find out what it is.
It’s not an understatement to say that I couldn’t have gotten Beckman’s Folly published without her. Those who know her personally or professionally, know that she is the writing guru. People constantly seek her for various print, online, fiction and no-fiction editing and consultations. She’s very good at what she does. And lucky me, she happens, by my good fortune, to be a good friend of mine who whips by books into shape to be good enough for publication. Way at the beginning, years ago, when I first started writing about Hadley, before anyone in my life took me seriously about the writing, she did. She was the one I called when I wrote myself into a corner and couldn’t figure out how to fix it. She was the one I called when I wrote something that contradicted something I wrote earlier in the book. She was the one I could talk to about writing stuff, about ideas I had for Hadley’s stories. She’s the only person I know who gets what it’s like to be a writer. Yes, the writing guru understands because she too, is a writer.
So the manic high I had earlier in the day dropped with the news of Christine’s health. One part good news. One part wait and see.
Christine is both a long-time friend and confidant as well as a fellow creative person and writer. As her friend, I just want to shut-down and wait for a more definitive medical diagnosis. As a fellow writer, her assistance is necessary.
I told Christine that she has to get better. I told her that I love her. And just as important, I need her. I figure I have a least eight books in me for Hadley’s continuing story.
And I can’t do it without her…