Grief has such enormous power that it is a shame to waste its energy. If that energy can be channeled into a positive result, we finally have some victory over death. ––Judy Dykstra-Brown
This quote (I am quoting myself, what ego!) is opposite the title page of the book I wrote with Tony. This is the book I celebrated having finished a week or so ago; but alas, I find the editing job goes on and on. Just to be anal, we again had the printer print up a book and gave it to our most perfectionist friend, Sheila, who agreed to read it one last time. She had done so before and found so many errors that we’d had to redo the pdf. This time, we were sure, it would be perfect; but we had to check. Well, we were wrong about the perfect part but right to check. She still found 50 errors–mainly in the references and in the use of hyphens. Who cares about such things? We do. And Sheila does. So––most of yesterday and the day before, I rechecked the errors, made lists, shared them with Tony and Allenda, his wife, and we all checked and rechecked. The result, somewhere around midnight last night, we had a perfect, we hope, 117th version of the book. It went off to the printer today. if he again does a trial copy (it will be the ninth if he does) we will page through it quickly, looking for obvious flaws, and say “push the button” and this breech birth will finally be consummated. Then we get to celebrate again. I’m afraid the earlier celebrations were all false labor. Please put positive energy out into the air, willing this one to actually produce a child.