I couldn’t complete this journey without saying thank you to all of you who’ve been following the Shedder’s blog – some of you since last April when I posted the first chapter. I’ve appreciated your support and your comments…really, I’ve loved just knowing you’re out there and interested in our adventure.
The project began early in the year when I commenced a heavy Shedders edit, wanting to give the story a more personal flavour than in its first draft – and decided to use the serialisation structure to commit me to this fairly confronting task. But once I got my head around the technology, I found I really enjoyed the whole process. Some chapters came easily and some gave me a headache right down the moment of pressing the “Publish” button (those tended to be the ones where I revealed the most about myself). And your comments, whether in person, by email or on the blog, fuelled me every step of the way. The final chapter was done last weekend from the Gold Coast (on the way home from Rick’s and my road trip to Cairns to view the solar eclipse), where I scraped a post onto Rick’s little iPad for the first time, and managed to get it edited and published on my usual Saturday schedule. There was champagne.
What’s next? I plan now to publish on Amazon – so you can finally buy an e-copy for all your friends who are reaching retirement age, who talk about co-housing, or who would just plain enjoy reading about the ups and downs of our social dynamics. I’m also considering a new blog, something in the vein of “The Shedders Age”, about life in our household, three years on.
If you’ve enjoyed the ride and the story, I’d love it if you’d write a two or three sentence “review” that I can use in promoting the book from here on. I’d also appreciate any suggestions you have either about the book or about publication.
Finally, my deepest thanks to a lot of people who’ve been stalwarts in the project. For example, to Eve, whose sense of words, of vision and of discipline has been invaluable in the writing and editing process. To Leslie, who brought such a warm, adroit, experienced and professional eye. To Di for tireless proofreading (though I still managed to sneak the odd missspel by her). To Rick for insights, infinite patience and deep partnership.
And thanks mostly to my good mates the Shedders, who contributed ideas, kept me on track and corrected the odd bit of dialogue or statistic where my photographic and infallible memory differed from their own photographic and infallible memories. You are fellow travellers with whom the adventure is unbelievably great.