On Final Approach

Writing is a journey. And like most good journeys, it’s about what happens along the way more than the destination. But I’m now on my final approach for Phoenix

Readers, thank you for flying with us on Air Phoenix. This is your captain speaking. Please turn off all electronic devices, put away your tray tables and ensure that your seats are in the upright position. We are on our final approach.

I’m back on page one of Phoenix, about to make copyedits from my eagle-eye husband and it hit me, this may very well be the final time I review it. An 8-year journey from a blank screen on my laptop to sending the final-final-final-please-take-it-away-from-me manuscript to my publisher culminates after I finish this final edit. (See Robyn!!!)

I arrive at my final destination.  Publishing.

I don’t know why I’m letting myself feel glum and apprehensive about this final read through. It’s not like I’ll never “see” Amanda, David, Shiloh and Alex again. Their stories (or at least a few) carry over in Pardon Falls, which I’ll begin work on again.

And, this doesn’t mean that Phoenix’s journey comes to an end. Publishing is simply the second leg, where I continue traveling but by bus instead (I will not pull Amanda’s Chapter 6 hijinks).

There is more awaiting. New mountains to climb and new travelers to meet along the way. My bags are packed and I’ve got a new pair of hiking boots. Anyway, I’ve never been one to shy away from visiting some far off locale.

I only pray that natives will be friendly.

About Kimberly Packard

Kimberly Packard is an award-winning author of women’s fiction. She began visiting her spot on the shelves at libraries and bookstores at a young age, gazing between the Os and the Qs. Kimberly received a degree in journalism from the University of North Texas, and has worked in public relations and communications for nearly 20 years. When she isn’t writing, she can be found rollerblading, doing a poor imitation of yoga or curled up with a book. She resides in North Texas with her husband Colby, Oliver the cat and a 75-pound lap dog named Charlie. Her debut novel, Phoenix, was awarded as Best General Fiction of 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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6 Responses to On Final Approach

  1. If you consider writing flying, and publishing landing, well, I figure the bus ride must be marketing…

  2. jackkastor says:

    I love the way you express yourself here. When I write anything, it’s like sending my mind out hitch-hiking, and hoping that it gets taken for a ride by a passing idea.

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