Dear & Marvelous Readers,
This morning, I watched in a matter of 20 minutes as the pledges still needed went from 6, to 5, to 2, to 1, to--- 100% funded!! The great bright flag of Complete! The mountain top, wreathed in banners of beautiful mist. Wow, what a ride it has been this month, as the fruit trees outside have blossomed and leafed furiously under the sun. We are so, so grateful to every single one of you, every name in the back of this book. What a joy, and an honor, to create this together, to have the memory of it in that collection of beautiful names. I am really moved and touched-- I'm floored, really, by this beautiful and generous support. To watch a book come into the world this way, it's path paved with such excitement and kindness.
Now, the even * more * exciting bits begin. Editing with my marvelous Unbound editor, Rima's work on an elaborate cover painting (oh my goodness, can you even imagine how gorgeous it's going to be?!), the layout & design & all the rest of the things that publishers do. I will be keeping you posted about how all of this is going here in the Shed, and sharing more excerpts and writings from time to time! All because of your help. What a gift, dear ones. What a true gift.
I leave you with this photograph of a page from my notebook three years ago, where Tatterdemalion came pouring out in one great sweep of words. It seems to have had a life of its own since then, moving through me and out into the world in mysterious, unexpected and beautiful ways. May it continue to do so.
Much love & gratitude to all of you. Have a beautiful day!
Sylvia & Rima
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