Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

February 22nd, 2006
My Opus is written

682 pages, 50 chapters, seven months, many glasses of champagne in foreign cities, rewrite after rewrite, and here I am. I have finished my great opus. For the next few days I’ll be going through and checking for mistakes and inconsistencies. I have to admit that I kinda lost track of the 50 places. I can’t name them all yet, because they are still very fresh and have not yet settled in my psyche. Plus Stephanie took over 6 of the chapters because I have yet to visit those exotic places she’s been.

I can’t believe I’m done with that part–the hardest part of the book. The rest of it will feel like a cakewalk. I’ll have the manuscript over to Penguin by next Wednesday, and between now then I need to take a day or two off and not look at it. You know when you stare at something so long it starts to get blurry. That is what’s happening, it’s all just a big blur on 682 pages. 

Maybe I’ll go on a road trip tomorrow and leave my computer at home. Perhaps a night in Monterey or Carmel? A day at the spa, basking in the fact that I have written a book. Albeit with a team of stellar women. It takes village to raise a child and it takes a roomful of incredible people to get a spark of passion transformed into a book. Mental alchemy – the transformation of raw ideas into gold.

I apologize if I’m rambling. For once I don’t care if I end a sentence in a freaking preposition or if my modifier is dangling! Lucky for my modifier, I wish I could dangle sometimes!

All is well, and I am so happy I’m done with the writing part of the book, now onto the exciting parts¬–choosing pictures for each chapter, writing the dedication and acknowledgment pages, working with the publisher’s public relations department, and getting my press shot for the cover of the book. WOW!

2 thoughts on “My Opus is written

  1. Teresa, you rock. I can’t wait to see the book. Oh, and don’t forget to schedule in the extra time for love and leisure.
    Laura

  2. It’s an amzing path in life we are all on – and witnessing you grow over the past ten years has been insprirational. Enjoy the free days for they are true gifts!

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