Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond Manuscript City, to bring you the Keanu Reeves book you never knew you wanted or needed. I began work July 2021, and finished my final draft August 2023.
And now it’s finally out of my hands and with my editor. I’m verklempt. And exhausted. I mean, look at this word count! 85,000 words on the man, the myth, the goofball Keanu Reeves.
When I say this has been a journey of blood, sweat and tears I mean it quite literally. For example, I lost my health insurance just as I was having a massive carpal tunnel flare-up. And to make matters worse, the chronic injury in my right hand has reached the point of no return and now requires surgery. I do not recommend trying to finish a manuscript while battling immense pain.
BUT! I had the sublime opportunity to meet Keanu Reeves and his band DOGSTAR during the initial run of their reunion tour. And it was just as extraordinary as I would have hoped. I made Mr Reeves laugh so hard he doubled over. Best belly laugh I’ve ever heard. And the best moment of my life, so far. That is, until I eventually get a sit-down interview with him.
At the moment I’m in a strange transitional phase I call book postpartum as I reflect on these past 25 months of work on Much Ado About Keanu.
And since a writer’s work is never really done, I’m already jumping into other projects as I wait for notes from my editor.
Namely, it’s last call for pitches for Bill & Ted University: The Social Sciences of Their Excellent Adventures. If you’re interested in contributing, check out the guidelines here and send me your pitch ASAP.
I’ll also be editing an anthology of personal and critical perspectives on VC Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic series. Stay tuned for a call for pitches and more info on that soon.
In the meantime, stay safe and healthy out there, y’all. And be excellent to each other!