Exactly 30 minutes ago, the first draft of my upcoming tomato book was sent on its way to my editor at Storey Publishing. Wow - so many emotions - joy, relief, tinge of let-down, anticipation, anxiety - but mostly, relief. This means that the half days (give or take a few hours) spent on the book since October are mine again....and this means more gardening time. Which is important, because...
....healthy tomato and pepper and eggplant plants growing in nice weather are rapidly approaching the unruly state. There hasn't been any topping yet, but plenty of tipping. And it is still June! Tomorrow begins a more detailed look at what is growing, what needs addressing, and the beginnings of plans for photography for the book (which is likely to occur in the July 15-25 time frame).
Looking ahead, I eagerly await harvesting produce, refining the book (likely to be lots of to and fro communication between Storey, Sara and me), anticipating some trips and a vacation, and pondering books to come (for which I've already got a few ideas).
....right now a Bells Kalamazoo Stout with my wife Sue seems like a perfectly appropriate way to celebrate the completion of the first draft of my book. Time to take another sip!