Tomorrow is my deadline. Well, technically, though they’ve given me until Monday to complete the manuscript.
I could probably ask for another extension, but I don’t want to. I am mentally done, and now I need to be physically done.
It’s hard to put into words just how consuming this whole process has been. In the last month, I did my very best to put aside everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary or the book.
But even though I did that, there are still so many things that got in the way; things I never thought about. Like how much time it takes to go shopping for ingredients, or to wash dishes, or even doing laundry (there are a lot of kitchen towels in there). And of course I still have to teach and do class prep, and I’ve had some work commitments, like sponsored blog posts I had to write, and tomorrow, I have to speak at a conference, a commitment I made before this deadline. I could have easily used an assistant through this entire process… maybe something to aim for next time? (Ha! Look at me, all “next time.”)
But enough about that. There are victories to be celebrated, my friends!
First of all, the publishers have decided on a name. My book will be called Aquafabulous! It makes me happy just thinking about it–especially that exclamation point. We’re still working on the subtitle.
Secondly, yesterday, I finally had the macaron breakthrough I have been hoping for. Over the last month, I have easily made macarons 50 times, and they were all failures. The last 10 or so batches, however, I could see I was getting closer. I didn’t have bursting feet any more, they tasted good, and were starting to resemble actual macarons more. I even carried a batch over to my friend Lori’s place to test them in her convection oven, but I had the same, failed results (they were coming out lopsided). In each batch, I’d have a few that were perfect, and all the rest would be failures.
On Tuesday night, I was in despair. I was convinced I was going to have to submit the manuscript without a macaron recipe. But yesterday I cracked it, and made 3 perfect pans of macarons. I’ll be making them a few more times over the next two days, but I think we have a winner, folks!
The funny thing about the macaron recipe is that I have never written any of it down. Normally, I work with notes on my phone, dictating the recipe in as I go. I have never done that with macarons, everything is in my head. It’s going to be a complicated, 20-step process, but it’s all there!
By hook or by crook, I’m submitting that manuscript on Sunday night. There will be recipes I originally thought I’d have in there that won’t have made it, but there will also be new recipes that I added along the way, so hopefully it all balances out.
As ever, friends, thank you for your love and support. See you on the other side.