Today, having set myself down at the computer, ready for a long session of editing (and tomorrow's long session and the long session of the day after that...) my manuscript of poetry, I was only able to fiddle and format for an hour before I realized that it was...done.
I'm sure I'll want to dot a few more Is (and drink a few more Ts) before I put it in an envelope to send to WFNB for their Alfred G. Bailey manuscript prize on Tuesday, but that too will only be fiddling and formatting.
Nearly undone myself, I printed out a copy, attached the enormous black clip I've been using to hold the various scrawled-upon drafts together, and carefully saved the document.
Unlikely to get further work done the rest of the afternoon, I went out for a long celebratory lunch with M.
We had Carlos & Murphy's veggie nachos, which considering all the cheese and refried beans on the dish and the guacamole and sour cream on the side was not anywhere near as virtuous as it sounds.
As we ate, I reminded M that I would be dedicating the book to him and Brenda Schmidt (a frequent denizen of this space, I know, but I wanted to formally acknowledge her).
He smiled then said, "First things first, love..."
At which I scowled and considered slathering his forehead with molten refried beans.
He must have caught on (M's got a nose for impending violence), so he quickly said, "Aren't you going to dedicate it to Aa?"
"Isn't it enough that she's in nearly half the poems?" I asked, noticing that the guac was already a half-shade browner. "Besides, she didn't support me while I wrote the poems. You and B did."
And so, in the spirit of dedication...
(And also to spit in M's proverbial eye...first things first! Of course I know that the manuscript has to be accepted before I can even seriously consider dedications or the acknowledgments page!)
...I hereby dedicate this apple/pear pie to M, in honour of his not eating all the apples.
(I would have dedicated it to B, but she tells me there's to be no pie until Xmas, not even commemorative 800-kms-away pie, so...)