~little girl transformed~
Peony hair ornament
~young woman transformed~
Peony wedding bouquet
matches her lipstick.
~old woman transformed~
Peony blooms in garden
Simple and affecting. I love this sequence, Sarah.
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Thank you, Leigh:-) I felt a need to write something simple and affecting this week.
By the way, I just got to the end of your edits yesterday. You have a very sharp eye, indeed. Thank you, again, for your detailed input. Just to mention, I think that some of my commas and hyphens disappeared, plus extra spaces appeared, between my computer and yours, as they were correct on my original.
It’s over to Joshua and Mister to do the final reads before I start work on the Kindle version. Then it’s upload both versions and read them on the two sites prior to publication. I still have to decide what to do about the cover.
No problem, Sarah. I didn’t write back, but I agree with you on Noah not missing his dad at all or that much (I was probably reading through a ‘parent of young-dependent-children-rather-than-breaking-away-teens’ lens). And I totally agree that the sections with the monks and others that I mentioned could maybe be pared do add atmosphere and are worth keeping; just wanted to inject that some editors might see that as bogging down the plot/action. Anyway, I hope I can still order them okay on British Amazon, what with the decisions yet to be made about this Brexit ‘deal’ (if I should call it that). Have you explored marketing this book with the (British equivalent) of the AKC and/or teaming up with a local dog-rescue and/or shelter for a book reading/signing/selling?
I don’t think there will be any changes to how things work re Amazon sales, other than perhaps the exchange rates between countries. There’s no reason why my book won’t be available on all the Amazon sites, but of course you’ll be getting your beta reader’s complimentary copy, which I’ll most likely get Create Space to send to you direct. I had thought about various dog-related concerns, re marketing, including my local pet shop and veterinary surgery. Obviously, I would have to do a deal where we split the profit on book sales. I will also pursue the whole thing of getting an audio book version done, as I know children love listening to stories being read (or they used to and hopefully do still).
What a beautiful and moving haiku Sarah, just so lovely, taking us through the years. Very poignant and your photo is so pretty 🙂 xxxx
Thank you, dear Sherri. I love those peonies, although they’re over now. They were a present from one of our neighbours, who gave us 6 plants, which hopefully will become 12 in the end! 🙂 xxxx
Lovely Sarah, I love the way you weave the peonies through a lifetime.
Thank you, Andrea 🙂 There’s one story from my childhood that probably calls for a verse, too. It goes something like this…
Child makes perfume:
Stink, three weeks later.
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