Monday, July 17, 2006

Deadlines = Stress?

Well, I just got back from Branson, Missouri! We had a great long-weekend vacation (under the excuse of seeing my husband's aunt get married!) and had a great time shopping, eating, shopping, seeing shows, eating, and oh yeah - eating!! =) We saw the Dixie Stampede show, which I highly recommend. Warning: go HUNGRY! We're talking an entire chicken on your plate, plus all the trimmings! Mmmm! We saw the beautiful hills and gorgeous Table Rock Lake, then toured Ripley's Believe It or Not (always a fun spot!) Here's a pic of me from Ripleys with a case of butterflies behind me!

Another pic of me and my husband - I think the movie Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest went to his head. He hasn't taken that bandana off yet! =)

Vacation was fun - but now it's back to the grind, and I'm feeling a little stressed! I'm determined to have my WIP completed in time for my September writing conference, and for the first time, I'm wondering if that light at the end of the tunnel is looking a bit dim.

A month ago, I had set a deadline for myself to write at least 1,000 words a day. I've done really well in holding to that, even having days where I wrote twice that many words. But I just spent a long weekend away from the computer, and while it was fun and a much-needed break, I'm now realizing I might not meet my goal. I need to write 3,000 words today in order to catch up, though I think spreading that total out over a period of several days is much more realistic.

I know its not the end of the world, and I'll just keep doing my best until I get there! I have to remember who I'm writing for, and what my purpose is. I'm writing for God, not for myself or for others, and my purpose is not necessarily publication (though oh, what a goal!) but obedience to God's calling. What He chooses to do with my words from there is His choice alone.

I'm tired, and my imagination isn't on over-drive as usual. I want a nap, my favorite sweatshirt, and a big bowl of soup, in that order. But I'm at work, and its 97 degrees out, so it looks as if those particular desires will go unfulfilled for now. I can only imagine what a real deadline from an editor or agent must feel like! I hope to experience that stress one day, but I am a little glad that it is not today! My deadlines might be self inflicted, however, I am incredibly disciplined and have no problem being my own Dreaded Taskmaster. :::Sigh:::

I'm going to feel a lot better as soon as I get my word count going for today. First step - stop blogging! =)


GeorgianaD said...

But blogging is so much fun! You'll catch up, not to worry. Just keeping plugging along knowing that every word counts. Right?

You and your hubby are so adorable together. Glad you had a great vacation:)

Erlyne said...

Blogging can help you clear that stuff out of your head that keeps you from getting to your WIP. Did it help you in this case? :o)

C. H. Green said...

My family loves Branson. This week we are visiting Hannibal, Missouri and other nearby places. Glad you had a great time.

Cathy West said...

You will get it done - and it does not need to be complete for September - as long as you have the synopsis and first three chapters I think you can stop worrying!
I am not sure if I can send you any chapters from here, I can't seem to send out attachments. If I figure it out, I'll let you know!
Glad you had a fun time off though!