Jan Burke

Monday, August 07, 2006

I'll Get There Eventually

This is the part of the cycle of preparing for the release of a new book when I feel overwhelmed by my "To Do" list. I look around my office at the mountain o'paper to sort. Correspondence to answer. Way too big a number in the "Inbox" of my e-mail program indicating the number of unread messages. I see things I need to pack and send off in the mail. (The salt and pepper shakers I thought I had already mailed to my aunt, the book I promised to send to the mother of guy who sat next to me on the plane, a set of stickers for a godchild...) The new manuscript -- for next year's book -- doesn't have enough pages in it and seems like a disaster. (This would incite panic if they hadn't all seemed this way to me at several points along the process.) The distance between today and the publication date seems to be rocketing toward me, while I seem to be climbing a slope that some giant is tilting at an ever-sharper angle beneath my feet.

I've just glanced up at a quotation in a little frame on my wall. "Let nothing disturb thee, let nothing affright thee..." All right. Marginalia from a saint's breviary. Good enough for me.

I'll take a deep breath, another step, and I'll get there eventually.

Good luck with your own steep slopes...

Photo above by Allen Conant, who says of it, "This is a service rail line used to winch supplies up to the Lake Agnew dam in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains in California. It is often used by backpackers and hikers as a shortcut up the Rush Creek trail. It is much longer and steeper than it looks here!"


Anonymous Allen Conant said...


Thanks for referencing my photo...good luck with climbing that hill...

10:25 PM, August 07, 2006  
Anonymous Missy said...

Good luck with your new book release. I look forward to reading the book!

Great picture, thank you for sharing it.

10:36 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger Jan Burke said...

Thank you for allowing me to use it here, Allen! As for the hill -- since you've obviously done some hiking, you know that the view is worth the work!


2:16 PM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger Jan Burke said...

Thank you, Missy!

And I agree re: Allen's photo.

2:18 PM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger Sandra Ruttan said...

I'm suddenly feeling much better about not emailing you back yet!

4:52 PM, August 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's sprint up that hill on the tracks and feel some pain. Wow, can you imagine building that!!!

1:29 AM, November 08, 2006  
Blogger Jan said...

MH, you bring up a good point. I can't even imagine what it took to get the materials up there!


9:58 AM, November 09, 2006  

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