I hovered over that SEND button for a few extra minutes this morning, my mind spinning through familiar pages, scenes, and chapters. Was there one more thing I should’ve (would’ve could’ve) changed? Should I hold off clicking that button-of-no-return for a few more hours?

Yes, I’ll get the chance to make changes later this summer when edits begin–lots and lots of them, no doubt– but a writer sends her first manuscript off to her publisher only once in her life and this writer couldn’t resist picking off the lint and smoothing down the cowlick and brushing out the wrinkle just one more time.

I stood at the curb and waved until it was long gone.

Tell me I’m not the only one with a bit of separation anxiety at this stage?

photo by corsi photo via Flickr Creative Commons

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