I am celebrating with a glass of champagne. Today I finished The Search for Beauty. I’ve sent the manuscript for the book off to my editor.
I have been writing the book since before Christmas after reading and making notes and thinking about it for years. I had originally planned on posting on The Search for Beauty blog regularly but the book took over. There’s something about writing all day that takes the edge of writing a blog post in the evening.
So now I wait to see what the editor thinks. “Ian, this is brilliant; don’t touch a thing.” Or maybe “Ian, I think I have some idea of what you are trying to say here but really I’m not sure.” Response A means the book could be published by the fall. Response B would throw everything into a more freeform time schedule. But perhaps now I will get back to the blog
I leave tomorrow morning from LA to Heathrow and spend a week with Anne in Glastonbury and Bath and then into Wales and the Brecon Beacons. Then down to Provence for a month to teach this year’s workshops.
12 thoughts on “It’s finished!”
I was delighted to hear that you have finished your book. Of course, I wish you well. I will miss being in Provence this summer. Helen Lea
You will be very close to where we live. I am sure you will love Wales (that’s if the nice weather holds out!)
Congrats Ian. Travel safely, Say Hi to Anne, and don’t work to hard in Provence (seriously, I know how hard you work during your workshops). Catch you when you get back. And looking forward to the Book 🙂
Thanks Greg. Best wishes to you and Sandy. We must get together this summer. All the best Ian
Congratulation & celebrate in style!
Will miss you (all) in Le Barroux: present in spirit.
Looking forward to reading “The Search for Beauty” edited or not.
I just sent to you, via email, your permissions license to use Daniel Ladinsky’s poem in your new book. Please let me know you received it. May his Hafiz, too, support your work and everyone’s Search for Beauty.
Best to you and yours,
Nancy Barton & for Daniel
When will this book be available?
Doing a second draft this winter on The Search for Beauty and hope to have it done in the spring.
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