Hello! I’m a bit giddy since I just hit SEND on two big projects for two different publishers. For some strange reason that I have not figured out, I usually work on more than one manuscript at a time. This is fun and scary and somewhere mid-through I stop and have a mini-panic attack and think “I will never make these deadlines”. But I always do, somehow. Chocolate helps. Caffeine definitely helps. And lots of prayers surely keep me going.
But then, deadlines are my life lines. I can’t imagine NOT writing every day. It’s been a part of my life since grammar school when I realized I wanted to write stories for the rest of my days. It took a long time to reach the point of being a published writer, but I still love doing it. To the point that sometimes I almost (almost) over extend myself. But as busy as I become, I have a rule that I won’t work on holidays. I stick to that rule for the most part. Sometimes, that means I spend long days at my desk, or I get up early or stay up late. But that feeling of getting to THE END is always a reward in itself.
For months, I’ve been working on a challenging Military K9 LIS suspense that involves eight different writers and a main thread throughout. Yep, that one was a double chocolate, double latte kind of project. Meantime, I was also working on several small projects–a short story for a collection to raise money for my local RWA chapter back in Louisiana, a novella for an Indie Christmas collection, and a short sweet romance for Tule Publishing. So make that four projects in about six months. That’s close to 128,500 words. My words. On the page. Did I mention how much I love this job!!!
But then, life is all about deadlines, right? We have schedules we keep to get us where we need to be, projects to do that require being finished at some point, things we want to accomplish in a certain amount of time. Deadlines. They work as long as we don’t flat-line. So far, I haven’t. I’ve come close but I always hit the brakes and take a different route when that starts happening. But … I never have writer’s block. Moving from project to project keeps me on my toes and keeps my fingers on the keys. I once wrote several projects while my husband renovated our townhome all around me. I sure hammered out those stories! Ha!
The point is–If you love what you do, the times flies. Sometimes, too fast. But I made these latest deadlines literally down to the minute. Yesterday, I needed to be finished with the short sweet romance by 11:30 A.M and I needed 47,000 words. I hit that mark at 11:24 A.M. and let out a whoop of happiness. And I liked the story. That meant I got to finally have my hair done so I didn’t scare little children who might come treat-or-treating. Today, I have a celebratory lunch planned with two writer friends and I’m going to relax and watch football all weekend. Then come Monday, I’ll be right back at it on a suspense set in Texas and the next book in the short, sweet romance series.
Today is All Saints Day and I have to say, the Saints were watching over me this summer while I worked on all these projects. I’ll be thinking of those who have gone on before me today and remembering them fondly. I might have a piece of sweet potato pie, too. Tell me, do you like having deadlines in your life? Or are you more of a one project at a time person? I’d love to know!