Saturday, 16 July 2016
Patience is a Virtue
A few people, or as I like to call them, impatient bastards, have been asking me when they'll be taking delivery of their hauki.
The sort answer is: when I've finished writing them.
The slightly longer answer goes like this.
I wasn't expecting the book to be funded within a month, I thought it would take 3 or 4 at least, so I had always penciled in this autumn for completing the book. I have lots of haiku written already, of course, but I want to revist and refine those and I do need to write a fair few new ones. I hope to have all of that done by the end of September.
Once they are complete, and a few trusted friends have read them and offered feedback, then I can hand over the manuscript to my lovely colleagues at Unbound and they'll get cracking with the production side of things. This can take a while so I suspect we'll be looking at next summer before finished books will plop through your eager letterboxes.
I hope that is OK.
In the meantime, I am off to the Isle of Wight next week for our family holiday. A fortnight in one of my favourite places. I'll be offline the entire time so this will give me the opportunity to add to the haiku pile. Expect poems about stepping back in time, coloured sands and fossils.
And at the end of August I flee the country and head off to New Zealand for a month. I have been invited to speak at two literary festivals—WORD Christchurch and the National Writers' Forum—at either end of four weeks. I want to do more writing while I am there. Expect poems about Airbnb apartments, kiwi fruit and rugby.
So hopefully by the time I get back I'll have a notebook full of haiku and we'll be ready to roll.
Thanks for your patience. Unless you are one of the impatient bastards.