Thursday, July 9, 2009

WIP Wednesday... *ahem* Thursday... #6

The title of this blog post says it all... I'm running behind on everything, the deadlines for my WIP included. I would rather crawl into my bed and hide under my covers then admit this - but I need to keep holding myself accountable - so I'm just going to spit it out and say it, as much as it pains me.

I still haven't even met my writing goals/deadlines for June 30th.

Commence gnashing of teeth and tearing out of hair.

Okay, okay. I'm calmer now. The deadlines are to help, not stress me out. I have excuses, plenty of them. I've been busy. And it's not like I haven't been working on the novel, I have - just not as much as I'd like to (or should) be.

I've been working out tons of snafus with getting the lease for my new place (I'm now halfway there; lease signed, just need a move-out date, and, you know, to start painting and packing). I've been out of town (to see a good friend from high school, and it had been much too long since we'd seen each other last). I've been spending time with my youngest sister before bidding her farewell (she left for Paris on Tuesday for five - yes, FIVE, weeks - and I'm oh so jealous of her). And, of course, I've been writing about hot dogs.


In ways, I feel like my life is being taken over by hot dogs. Don't get me wrong. I'm loving it. I love keeping my eyes open for news stories related to Chicago dogs. I love hearing people's comments about my stories. I love reading about hot dogs, trying new hot dogs... simply put, I love the distraction. And, yes, it's a big distraction that is nothing related to Paris, riots, the French Revolution, time travelling, and all the other things my novel is about.

So it's decided. I'll keep working on Through Charlotte's Eyes, I'll keep pushing toward meeting my deadlines (even if I'm way behind), but I'll also start brainstorming on ideas for a novel that revolves around hot dogs. That, I believe, is the perfect solution.


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Ginger B. Collins said...

It's been a while since I checked in with you, but I must say,,,,,Liz, honey, don't be so hard on yourself!

Spending time with your sister and getting your new place organized--both activities are good for your soul and your sanity. It sounds like you've been doing lots of writing, and it's been a variety of work which taps different streams while it keeps the water flowing.

Hot dogs: I can still remember visiting the Chicago relatives in the 60s and stopping at a roadside hot dog stand. Heavenly concoctions of tomato and onion stuffed around the dog, in the most wonderful, yeasty-warm bun. I was a wee girl, but I polished off one and asked for another!

Ginger B.

Liz S said...

Thanks Ginger! I'm trying to be easier on myself, but I'm starting to get anxious about finishing another draft of the novel. I just want to feel like I'm making a bit more progress than I am. =) Slowly but surely, that's what counts right?

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