As of, oh, now…I’m a scant 9330 words into Flight Risk, the next novel in my Assignment: Romance series. Not too shabby considering I am only able to squeeze writing in between caring for my boys, getting myself 5k ready and working full-time.
But when I consider that I need to have the entire manuscript written by midnight on November 30th, I don’t feel nearly as accomplished.
I definitely need to crank my output up a notch or seven.
So, you ask, what am I doing here, blogging instead of adding to my manuscript’s word count?
Writing here, for you, is an entirely different exercise. And I miss it.
You can call me a lot of things – busy, snarky, uppity, and lots of other words that end with “y,” but I am above all else deadline driven-y. Like a horse to a carrot, a baby to a bottle, or a working mother to a large bar of imported chocolate (preferably dark, with caramel and sea salt), I am drawn to deadlines. They make me go.
Case in point, I’m currently facing several hard deadlines: Make myself 5k ready by 11/22; Finish said manuscript by 11/30 (midnight, as previously noted); Obtain fixings for Thanksgiving feast and prepare house for Thanksgiving guests by 11/26.
You get the point.
What happens when these deadlines come and go? Oh, don’t worry. More will spring up in their place like missing socks under my youngest’s bed (does Christmas ring a jingle bell?).
And so it goes. Stressful? Indeed. And the only way I know to relieve that stress and still feel productive is to write. And run. And stay on top of my deadlines. It’s a vicious circle really. But, as long as I’m doing what I love…which I do…I suppose I can’t complain.
What I can do is express my gratitude for my husband for freeing up time in my busy schedule so I can get to the things I need to, my kids for allowing me the flexibility to burn the candle at both ends to achieve my dreams, the inventor of the crock pot and hot showers (God bless you both). When I’m feeling spread too thin, these things all help me feel whole again. Well, that and a little chocolate. Preferably dark. With caramel and sea salt.