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Goodnight Sunshine – the Wife’s Perspective, Part 3

My favourite part of editing is when I get hold of the manuscript and dive in to providing line-by-line feedback for the author. When I was through reading Mark’s first draft, I assumed I would get that opportunity. But after the most basic of comments about the manuscript, he was immediately game to do a re-write. Remember the racehorse? It was like, “Put me back in; I’m going again!”

Renovating our house and reconnecting with each other after Mark returned from Ecuador meant putting the book on hold for the summer of 2013. Floundering a bit as we considered our next steps, we got an incredible offer to housesit for Mark’s uncle and aunt at Sea Star Suites in Tofino for two months. Awesome!

Mark worked on the second draft of Goodnight Sunshine during early morning sessions at the dining table while I met up for a beach walk with a few ladies that Mark’s aunt had set me up with. We found each other by flashlight several mornings per week and then twice covered the length of Chesterman’s beach in some kind of record-setting speed. It wasn’t me setting records — I was usually jogging to keep up! Mark made a pact with himself to visit the beach every single day, and the kids made themselves right at home in the big house and yard. We got acquainted with the fantastic bike trail, made great use of a parks pass to visit Pacific Rim National Park, attended the annual gala Oyster Festival, and enjoyed many gelato cones at Chocolate Tofino.

We had the best possible autumn weather in Tofino, and a few welcome visitors made our time there more memorable and precious. But overall, I was lonely and my mood a bit dreary. Until I started editing. Finally, I was getting a chance to contribute to the project! Mark would spend a few hours writing in the morning and I would edit for a few hours in the afternoon — always several chapters behind him. We made good headway and kept this up until our tenure at Sea Star ended. We made a quick jaunt home, and then headed to California for Christmas. Back to the place of sadness from nearly a year before, but this time with a solid commitment to our marriage.

To be continued …

PS. Our hearts are breaking this week for the tragedy experienced by visitors and residents of Tofino on Sunday.

6 Responses

  • Sandy
    Oct 28, 2015

    Your lives seem infinitely interesting to me. As I watch you blossom I look forward to all the manifestations of that. S

    Sandy Oct 28, 2015
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    • Sheila Cameron
      Oct 28, 2015

      Sandy, I so appreciate you and the support you give — helping people blossom all over the place!

      Sheila Cameron Oct 28, 2015
  • Oct 29, 2015

    I can’t wait to find out what happens next! Oh wait, I was there… Anyway, I am enjoying your blog, and look forward to a few surprises in future posts that aren’t historical in nature.

    Mark Oct 29, 2015
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    • Sheila Cameron
      Oct 29, 2015

      Thanks Mark. I’m looking forward to all the surprises in our future together! Love from me. xo

      Sheila Cameron Oct 29, 2015
  • Tricia
    Oct 30, 2015

    Loving your writing and sitting on the edge of my seat to see how things turn out!!!!! Can’t wait for part 4.

    Tricia Oct 30, 2015
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    • Sheila Cameron
      Oct 31, 2015

      Awesome Tricia! Glad to hear that!

      Sheila Cameron Oct 31, 2015

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