The Fox of Richmond Park

By Kate Dreyer

If the Animals of Farthing Wood had lived in London and hated each other a little bit more, their story may have been a lot like this one.

Monday, 9 January 2017


Hello lovely pledgers, 

Hope you all had great Christmasses and New Years. Thought I'd write a quick update for you all as things are coming along quite nicely now...

Just before Christmas I received my edited manuscript back from my editor. It took me a while to build up to opening the document as I saw it like a Schrodingers Cat of stories: It existed as both amazing and awful at the same time, until I finally read it. Of course, it was somewhere in the middle. Lots of little tweaks to make, but overall, a story very much worth publishing. I hope you all agree when you read it. 

Once Christmas was over, it was time to get started on the edits. When I was writing the end of the book, procrastination forced me to switch from my laptop in my office (with its many, many distractions) to an iPad with keyboard case in my kitchen. Since the iPad is not mine, I can't really go on Facebook or Twitter with it, so it basically acts as a pure word-processing device. After watching me write on the iPad, my fiance bought me an excellent present for Christmas:

A bluetooth typewriter!

This gadget is brilliant because:

1. It has arrow keys, which the iPad keyboard does not.

2. It makes a great clacking sound when I type.

I love it. I can't wait to take it to a Starbucks and be the worst/best hipster in the world. Anyway, this is what I've been editing on. I've been through the whole thing and made notes about what I want to change/add/remove, based on the editor's feedback, and now I'm making the changes from the beginning, one chapter at a time. It's easier than writing, because everything's already there, I just have to make it better.

It reminds me of the quote that Michelangelo almost certainly didn't say.

When asked about his scultpure of David: "How did you manage to carve a masterpiece like this from a crude slab of marble?"

He answered, "All I did was chip away everything that didn’t look like David.”

So, for the next few weeks, I will be chipping (or clacking) away, removing or changing anything that isn't perfect. Unlike Michelangelo though, I get to add stuff as well :)

Kate x


P.S Don't forget to tell your friends to pre-order my book and follow me on Twitter :)

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