There She Was Just A-Walkin’ down the Street…

…singing do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do, snapping her fingers and shuffling her feet…” (I love this song recorded by the group Manfred Mann in the early 60’s.)

I heard the song playing on PBS while I worked in my office around the corner. It made me smile and think about the words.  I’d just finished watching a show called Highgrove about The Prince of Wales and his home and gardens, and had left the TV on while I went to catch up on emails. I’d enjoyed Highgrove, and loved that Charles had his early vision of growing things organically. He’d taken a lot of flak for that over the years.  He’d started out with bare bones: a rather ugly looking manor house, flat, boring, and on over cultivated grounds, but he’d had a vision. I think it looked something like this:

Anyway, Charles persisted and created something truly wonderful, heck they even have their own sewer system at Highgrove, and the stump garden, intriguing artistic walls, sanctuaries, busts nestled in viewing spots within sculptured hedges are both amusing and calming. There are trees in multiple shades of green that cast shadows over lawns, fields of wildflowers, birds, small animals, and butterflies. It’s all so gorgeous.

In addition, there’s an arbor created by apple trees, and a working kitchen garden that supplies the needs of the household. Nothing goes to waste. Just looking at the different stages of the compost heaps and learning about them took me back to my own childhood and our own compost heap. And Charlie was real, and funny, and very wise. If you missed the show, check out if it’ll be repeated, it’s well worth your time.

Back to the song: Do Wah Diddy.

I was worried about getting the copyedits for my first romantic suspense novel, to be published in the near future by The Wild Rose Press, and I envisioned for myself a total freak out; maybe even going into a catatonic state. I questioned if I was ready. Then I remembered Charles and his vision and how he created what he knew was right and how he let the negative comments roll off his back. And good heavens he is next in line to the throne of England! So if he can do it, I can do it! We all have to start somewhere.  And we should all follow our dreams.

When my copyedits arrived last Monday, was I holding my breath? You betcha. But, I found them not too scary. In fact I enjoyed revisiting that story and making it stronger under the guidance of my editor. Fear of the unknown can grab ahold of us, if we let it, and I have to admit it had had a stranglehold on my throat. I spent ten solid days on the edits. Tonight I sent them back. I think I’ll now take a walk down the street. You can bet I’ll be snapping my fingers and shuffling my feet to the beat of a new found confidence. I love my story. And while this was round #1 and I’m sure we will need a round #2, I’m ready. And next time will be easier because the unknown factor has been removed.

What about you? Are you a worrier? Do you fear the unknown? Or are you adventurous?

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10 Responses to There She Was Just A-Walkin’ down the Street…

  1. A great post, hon! I admit – I LOVE copyedits. Diving back into the story and making it stronger – cleaner. It’s my favorite part of writing, right after the creation aspect!

  2. Robena Grant says:

    Yes, it surprised me because I’d heard various rumbles and grumbles. But I thought it was fun. : )

  3. londonmabel says:

    Ooh I like your little analogy.

  4. I like your analogy too. I am adventurous by nature and tend to not worry enough.
    Since I wrote one book with feedback while writing from 2 beta readers, and so doing discovered it made my book stronger, I’m anxious to work with an editor. Not quite ready to pursue finding an agent and an editor but I can certainly envision it in the future.
    I can’t wait to read your book and I’ll be able to say I knew you when – hehehe!

    • Robena Grant says:

      Ha ha, Judy. (I knew you when…)
      Yep, I know what you mean. I was stalled at that stage for a couple of years. I kept thinking if only someone will give me a chance I’ll stand on my head and type just to get it right. It sounds like you’re at that stage now and I’m sending out all good messages to the universe that you will get to work with someone soon.

  5. Kay Elam says:

    Copyedits are one step closer to publication. Congratulations. You’re almost there!

  6. Julie says:

    I can’t tell you how exciting this is for me, going along for the ride (or walk, lol) and cheering you on in your process. Although, I can’t see you as much of a worrier. You seem so strong and capable, to me, anyway. 😉

    • Robena Grant says:

      Well, I know how you like to walk, Julie. And ride that bicycle. It’s nice to know you’re accompanying me, though where we’ll end up is anyone’s guess. : )