Should receive the proof copy of the third and final volume of A Journal for Damned Lovers this weekend.
The prose contained within is taken from a thirteen month period, which has then been edited for a further seven. By the end of the last draft, I truly felt as though I’d created something that helped me to develop as a writer, and that I’d put together a book that was stronger and more fleshed out in every way than the two that went before.
It’s a bittersweet feeling right now. I’m excited for it to arrive so I can actually hold this thing in my hands, but I know the subsequent fallout that comes from letting go and handing it over to others. That ‘letting go’ period is like the end of a relationship.
And yet despite this, I’m proud of what I’ve created, and feel as though I’m putting something out there that will stand up on its own merits. It’s a more reflective and grounded read than the first two journals. My strange ways haven’t diminished, but I’d like to think there’s now a tenderness in my words that gives this book a certain sense of intimacy the other two were lacking.
Providing I haven’t spelt my name wrong on the back cover, I’m looking at a release date of either the 19th or 26th of October.