Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Back to Work, Or, Oh My God I’ve Less Than Two Months to Finish This Book!

Well, it’s a new year, and I’m back at work after more than three weeks off. I haven’t been anywhere. But sometime in early December, when my youngest was home from college and I realized my tree wasn’t up, my house wasn’t decorated, and I hadn’t bought any Christmas presents, I decided I had two choices: I could either keep trying to write my book and end up resenting Christmas and making my family miserable, or I could take off my writer’s cap, put away my manuscript, and just enjoy the holidays.

Christmas and my family won.

I had a great time, and I hope my family did, too. Last Friday I put my youngest on a flight to Italy. I spent the weekend taking down the tree and cleaning up my house and office (I even filed). Then, early Monday morning, I opened up my eyes and went, Eek. I have less than two months to finish What Remains of Heaven!

I’ve spent the last two days rereading what I’ve already written and going over my notes for what lies ahead. It’s going to be close, getting this thing in on time. But with a few trips up to the lake and no more disasters, I think I can make it.

And I had a great holiday. Happy New Year’s, everyone!


Project Cat said...

Hm. As much as I'm desperate for more books by you, I rather think you made the right choice regarding the holidays. Some things are more important, like family. :)

Steve Malley said...

I reckon you done right. And 'Serpents' is up next on my TBR stack, soon as I finish Gentlemen $ Players, by a different Ms Harris. I'm looking forward to it! :)

Happy new year to you too, Candy!

liz fenwick said...

You did the right thing - now your family will sort of accept being ignored for the next two months ;-)
Hope it's going well.

Barbara Martin said...

Having a well deserved break from your writing is necessary, even if you have a deadline to make. You may find the answers come more quickly to those pesky questions that pop up.

laughingwolf said...

candy, the right choices were made, obviously :D

new year's blessings to you and yours

cs harris said...

Thanks, everyone. I don't think it's a decision I'll regret--even if I am losing sleep over this rushing deadline!