I feel like the “It’s” guy from Monty python…

You know what I mean, right? That poor soul who pants and gasps and crawls his way through the terrain just to look at the camera a say, “It’s…” before he collapses?

ID: Cait crawling on the ground, being the Monty Python "It's" guy.
ID: Cait crawling on the ground, being the Monty Python “It’s” guy. (Drama much?)

Gracious, I’m so busy, my busy is busy! This is Kickstarter month for the Nothing Without Us anthology, so it’s all promos and interviews and fundraising—oh my! Today was the first day I actually did some stylistic and sensitivity editing, like an editor is wont to do.

I have little to complain about, though, because as of the hour, we’re 82% funded with 19 days to go! I’m thrilled but think I’ll only exhale when we hit 100%. After that, I hope we get our stretch goals, because it would be great to produce an audio book and illustrated print book along with the eBook.

The reason I feel like the “It’s” guy is because I am so massively sick. I’ve a chronic cough that robs me of my sleep (doc and I are sorting this out) and a schedule that’s go, go go! Doesn’t the universe realize I’m a Spoonie??? You know, so it can suspend time until I have more spoons? Nope. Oh well. Will keep doing my best with the spoons I have!

Though I am loving that this anthology is happening, I do miss writing. Once we pass the manuscript of Nothing Without Us to Renaissance’s copyediting and proofreading team, I’ll have a wee rest, then maybe write at my leisure. Oh yeah, and find the time to turn 50. Gosh, there’d better be a gluten-free cake I can dive into and eat my way out of on my birthday!

Ahem, anyway, there’s lots going on, and wow, have I ever gained respect for anthology editors. They work hard, folks! I think the next time an editor accepts my work into an anthology, I’m just going to tell them on a regular basis how much I appreciate them.

But busy or not, we’re having a blast. Talia and I are having belly laughs most of the time, basically because we’re really weird, and it helps us relieve the stress of the job. We have amazing authors and I swear to you, the best publishing director in the world to work with, so it really is a labour of love.

You’re gonna see, though. I’ll flomp right on my face after saying “It’s…” before someone else says, “Nothing Without Us.”

Hey, that might be a fun idea for a book launch!

Cait Gordon
Cait Gordon

Cait Gordon is a disability advocate and the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers (Fall of 2019). When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She’s also teamed up with co-editor Talia C. Johnson on the Nothing Without Us anthology (Fall of 2019.)

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