I received the proof of the cover of The Carpenter and The Sailor - the very last item before the actual publication of the novel!!!
Wish I could post a copy of it here but haven't figured out how to do it yet.
The word from my publisher is that they're looking to release it in mid to late January 2013.
While the excitement of getting it into the market is there, it also gives me time to think about just how much work and effort went into writing it.
Creating the characters.
Researching the times, places, and events.
Reviewing, revising, and editing it to ensure the reader will not be sidetracked by stupid errors.
Dealing with the publisher and editors.
The big day will come when I actually have a copy of it in my hands.