Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Running Out of Time

Sorry I've been silent.  I wish I could say it was strictly because I've been working, but it's not.  And now I've only got 5 days left in the month.  One book's beginning needs a total revamp.  Another needs some serious tweaking throughout.  One could use a total full-on polish during which I'm sure I'd find something to rewrite.  And I've only got 5 days.  (Okay, 5 until 10/1 but the submission window stays open for another 14 days after that, so 19 days, but still...)

I just don't think I can do it.  Not that I'm giving up.  I'm still going to try.  But I'm also being realistic.  And considering that I feel gross this morning, maybe realistic is best. 

Sooooo, today will be spent mostly on the couch - when I'm not running errands, playing shuttle driver, etc.  From there, I will utilize my daughter's Nook to re-read a manuscripts while jotting notes to fix said manuscript.  If that time is interspersed with naps, so be it.

What are you up to today?  What do you do when a deadline is looming and you know you're running out of time?  Do you freak out (like I'm currently doing), or do you just put your head down and motor through (like I usually do)?


  1. Wow, that's a lot of projects to "fix" in such a short time period. Why not just focus on one? Better to have one be your best, than to end up shortchanging them all, imho.

  2. Sent you an e-mail - very excited about this opportunity for you, B.E. If you're freaking out, focus on one manuscript and get it done (better one submission than none). Good luck - you can do it, I know you can :)

  3. Thanks, Ladies. Yeah, I'm going to focus on just one - get it done and if I have time, try to do another one. I just wish I had more time. You both know how that goes.

  4. Hope you're feeling better soon! Take heart in the fact that you're not alone and I'm in freak out mode too. I keep telling myself one step at a time...

  5. B.E. and Karyn, take a step back. Now inhale. Deeply. Let it out slow. Look at what you have to accomplish. Pick out the most important. Deal with it. Ignore the rest. Focus on the most important. Put your head down, shut out the world, and GET. IT. DONE.

    Then you step back again. Inhale. Focus. And start over.

  6. I'm with Silver James. Whenever everything piles on me at once, I just stop, assess, and pick the most critical project first. I ignore the others until I finish the first project.

    Your trickiest task will be to select what is the most critical. Only you can decide that.