Wednesday, June 18, 2008

no excuses

There are more times than I like to admit that I look at my past work with twinges of regret. While flaws due to talent, or rather lack of, are disheartening they are in a way more acceptable than the ones that cause me to shake my head. "If I had only been less distracted, had more time," I think to myself, "that book would've have been so much better."

And those are laments I refuse to have about my next book. At New Year's, one of my resolutions was to make my new novel the best work I've ever done.

So I am doing my best to sway the scale in my desired direction. I'm pulling out all the stops for this book, from the writing to the cover (which I am now working on, photo), I am taking pains as I have never been able to before. If time, focus, passion (and possibly production values--crossing my fingers for some really great features, including color illos on the inside) can do it, my book should be an object of person pride--something that epitomizes the best I could possibly do. Or at least something that doesn’t make me cringe.

3 comments:

JennyW said...

Ohhh, that's the best teaser ever! I can't wait to get my hands on the finished product, but take your time - I know the wait will be worth it!

benny said...

We can't wait!
My daughter loves all your books, and
not only because she is also a
Taiwanese American girl born in the
year of tiger

Austin Huang said...

Looks beautiful. I have similar thoughts about doing music.

At any point in my life, if I hear something I wrote more than two years ago, it makes me cringe. However, that doesn't keep me from continuing to try to make something that I will someday not be embarrassed by.