Friday, May 04, 2007

Still Treading Water

WARNING: Rant alert! Read at your own discretion...

Yesterday, I planned a ton of work on my wip. I had the chapters separated, marked out and ready for the changes to be made. I poured a cup of coffee, sat down at the comp... and right as I open my manuscript a truck pulls up in the drive. It was my mom. I thought something must be up, because she usually on drops by on Wednesdays, so I opened the door - and that's when I saw she had her laundry with her. *sigh*

I don't know why she picked that particular day for laundry; it was a very spur of the moment thing. She comes in and says, "I won't disturb your writing, I just want to use your washer and dryer. I'll sit in the den with Mini while it's going. You won't hear a peep from us."

Of course I won't deny her use of the laundry room, but I do know better by now. When my mom is over, writing is out. She agreed to sit with Mini once so I could reach a deadline, and every little thing he did, "Oh, honey! Did you see that?!" No, mom, I'm supposed to be writing, remember? So... rather than frustrating myself with a futile attempt, I closed the laptop, and entertained my mother from 9am til noon. Don't get me wrong, it was a nice visit. I love my mom, and we are very close, but oy, by the end of that time, Mini was screaming for a nap - he wouldn't take one while she was there - and I was frothing at the mouth. When hubby dragged in for lunch, I had just put Mini down for his nap. I just looked at him and said, "Prepare for a LONG evening of babysitting, dear."

Why, oh why, can't the family accept that final manuscript days are off limits? I know my mom doesn't recognize my writing for anything, but why can't those last few days be no-visitation, no-two hour long phone call days for me. Is that really asking so much? I am available all the other 362 days of the year and no one stops by. Why only when I have a project running down to the wire? I need those last few days to get things pull together and wrapped up. Very disappointing to say the least. :(

Last night, I managed to get a chapter completed, two chapters separated, rearranged, and remarked. I also managed to rewrite a section toward the back. I still have to make the changes on the computer... and after that there are still three more chapters left to go. *faint*

I have a LOT of work to do between now and Sunday.

At around 11pm last night, I took apart chapter four and completely red marked it for editing. I'll have that one finished in a pinch because it's ready to go. But I really, really wanted a bit more time to put an extra effort on chapter 2. Ah, well. We'll see how this goes.

At least it's Friday!!


  1. Ack, I'm sorry, Cora. That's really frustrating. Hope you make your deadline.

  2. Man, that's so frustrating. *hugs*

    Just do what you can in the time you have left. Sometimes, we have to plan the unexpected, you know? I hate that things ALWAYS come up on down to the wire days. It's like a rule or something. I'm sure you'll get it all done. You've got incredibly work ethic and you work FAST. It's just a matter of getting the time. *cheers* You can do it!

  3. {{{hugs}}} Hope today was better, chica!

  4. You are one of the most productive and organized people I sort of know. lol You'll make it. :)


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