Monday, February 7, 2011

Deadlines: self imposed and otherwise...

I have this deadline coming up--10 weeks to whip my novel into the best shape I can. (That's like 4 chapters a week...uh...)

BECAUSE I'M HAVING A BABY! Phew, just had to get that off my chest.  

Is this weird that I'm just starting to realize this? I mean come on--I start my final trimester tomorrow...  And yeah my due date isn't until May...but since my last child came at 36 weeks, um I'm kinda feeling like maybe I need to rush things along.

Is this stressing me out?

(wiping copious amounts of frosting off my face)

I'm not sure if it's realizing that I'm going to have another kid around, making it twice as hard to do anything for a while or the fact that I have this deadline...but it's like all of a sudden my brain is shutting down and I can't even fix the next page let alone the next chapter.

Maybe it's because I'm having serious nesting issues today and worked my bum off--seriously when did I care that there were crumbs on the toaster or that weird pink stain on the linoleum...but all of a sudden my eyes were like hyper-critical noticing every freakin' thing...crumbs, peeling paint, un-organized drawers, and all the random dirt, dust, sparkles... it was a long day.

Okay.  I feel better...I guess I'll go stare at my stupid novel again.

Anybody else have an impeding deadline?  Or any idea what to do about it?


  1. I do and I don't have a know what I'm talking about. It sucks.

  2. What you need is a crit partner to give you some super-fast feedback...I'll get on that. Seriously, though, if you want to start pumping out chapters, I'll read them as fast as you send them, typos and all. (Not that you've had typos...I'm just saying.)

    And nesting! I just sit down until the urges go away, haha!

    P.S. "wiping copious amounts of frosting off my face"= genius! You're so funny!

  3. Jeigh that would be amazing. We'll see how the pumping out chapters thing goes. Uh yeah and the frosting thing... that was totally true. After the sugar cookies were gone, I got desperate.

  4. Hang in there Raven...and yeah your deadline might just suck even more--at least from my POV

  5. Isa and I are reading your blog and she is yelling in my ear, "THAT IS MY MOMMY!!!!"
    Love your blog! You are the best!