Write, Eat, Sleep – Meeting a Deadline


I’m determined to finish Dashing Druid, the second book in my Texas Druids series, by October 31. Since I’m my own publisher, this is a self-imposed deadline. If I meet it, that should leave me time enough to complete everything else that needs doing by late November, when I plan to publish the book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

“Everything else” includes (1) editing after my beta readers catch my typos, punctuation and grammar errors, (2) creating the book cover, and (3) formatting for Kindle and Nook. Last but far from least, my son will write the tech files that ensure a smooth upload. He’s already agreed to help me with that, as he did for the first book, Darlin’ Druid, and for my memoir, Six Cats In My Kitchen. Don’t know what I’d do without him!

In order to meet my Oct. 31st deadline, my life has turned into a cycle of write, eat, sleep, repeated around the clock with “write” taking up most of my days and nights. My brain is on overload at the moment, explaining why I’m blithering away to y’all instead of plotting the last scene in chapter 22. When that’s done I’ll have only two chapters to go – probably the toughest ones to write. They will be action-packed, heavy on emotion and must come to a satisfying conclusion – maybe with a surprise or two that will make you, my friends, want to read the final book in the trilogy. Which, if I keep on schedule and if my husband puts up with me never wanting to do anything but write, will come out in late 2012. I wish I could crank out several books a year like some of the big name authors, but that will never happen.

Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer for me!

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2 thoughts on “Write, Eat, Sleep – Meeting a Deadline

  1. I can’t imagine all that time and effort. I groan just picturing it. I can barely keep up with 2 blogs. But you have a wonderfull family to support your efforts.
    Good luck on time managment. and make sure you have FUN while writing. 🙂 I know you will.

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    • LOL! I’ve been know to emit a few groans myself. Sometimes I want to chuck the computer across the room in frustration when my characters take charge of a scene, going in a totally different direction from where I planned to go. That’s what I’m dealing with in the scene I’m currently writing. Since those beings in my head usually turn out to be right, I’ll probably give in and let them dictate the outcome. Stubborn they are!

      Am I having fun? Of course! Otherwise I’d quit right now.

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