"Never miss a chance to do good"--David Stanley
behind on? Well, there's that novel thing.
Yeah, I agree with Mister Furkles. I've been sitting on my WIP for almost a month while trying to figure out what direction my characters want to go next, but they're not talking. This is the only real problem I have with being a pantser. I'll get there, but it's frustrating.
Everything. I'm two months from publication and I can't seem to do anything but obsessively search for early reviews (only one so far, from a trade meanie who didn't read past page 30) and stare at my screen, terrified of having finally clawed out of the query trenches only to make a spectacular splat. Sounds like crying with a full plate, but nobody tells you about this weird place where you've done all you can...and now you have to wait.
Life. I am way behind in life because I spent way too much time worrying about yesterday and tomorrow. I could let you borrow the time machine that Clem the Janitor made here at our school district. It's a bit quirky. Last time we used it for a field trip, the second graders came back with the plague and a dragon. The dragon burned down one of the elementary schools. We had to use Clem's machine to build a new school so that no one would notice the dragon. And returning the dragon to a time before Netflix, let me tell you, that was no fun. My, how it loved all our modern devices and gadgets. We don't use the time machine anymore. So the time machine is yours if you want it. Do be warned that it gets jammed up in the Dark Ages now and again.
My current manuscript. No matter what kind of deadline I negotiate, odd life stuff throws me off schedule so I end up working 12+ hour days to finish.
There's a time machine anime that I really liked (that you don't know for awhile is a time machine anime) called Stein's Gate; it's also one that really stabs you in the heart and you weren't expecting it. I'm behind in writing a synopsis for my novel and submitting more queries. A few years ago, when I was submitting The Last Song, hardly anybody wanted a synopsis at the query stage (or hardly anybody I was looking to query did.) Now, whether they're using query manager or not, a lot of people do!I was also on one nightmare agency page yesterday where every agent wanted something slightly different, which is par for the course, sure, but they wanted a "pitch" and then a "one sentence pitch" and then brief summary of your story and then a bio and then there's check boxes for if you've published a book before, been represented before....well none of them wanted fantasy or scifi so I was saved.
I'm behind on everything. It's my turn to care for mum at the moment. It's sort of like being in a time machine. When she "awakens" we talk about the past and she wants to know what's going on right now, then she slips back to that other place. The awakenings are less and less, so I'm grateful when they happen.
Life. Seems like all I do lately is keep everyone afloat.
I'm behind on getting my S### together.
Yesterday at about 3pm, my managing partner appeared in my office and said “so, what's your schedule look like for tomorrow?” This of course means he'll assign me something to do and make it a priority. I answered with “I'm in court in the morning on three cases.” This judge is sooooooo slow that it will be a miracle if I can finish before the morning session ends at noon.Turns out, our local landlord association had a speaker scheduled who canceled at the last minute. They need someone to take over the presentation. Since managing partner is on the board of directors of said association, they called him. And since he is already doing a presentation for a different association at approximately the same time, he tapped me. So I spent the last 2 hours of yesterday preparing. Fortunately, I know something about the topic LOL. I don't have a powerpoint but it will be a small group and the association office is about a block from the courthouse where I'll be frantically attempting to finish early so I can scamper down the block while eating a granola bar for lunch so my stomach doesn't growl and do a presentation in front of 30-40 people who will be eating their own lunches while listening to me yammer for two hours.So whereas I was almost caught up yesterday, now I'm a day behind. Sigh.
I’m behind on everything that is NOT writing. I’m so excited to be getting published, with work-for-hire, trade middle grade, and more, that all I can do any more is write to keep up with deadlines. And I love it!!!BTW, it’s almost time for WriteOnCon. There’s a lot of wonderful for a little bit of money. I’ll be a presenter this year on work-for-hire.
I feel I'm behind on translating One Of Us Has To Go. I didn't expect this to be difficult or take so much time. As I'm reading through the English version, I'm like "Oh, could have done this better. Could have used a stronger verb here and there."Now I wonder if it's okay to use a stronger verb in those cases in the translated version or if I must put a weak verb for a weak one in each language...Apart from that, we need the rain to stop! I'm in the worst affected area, our road is still closed (3rd consecutive day). We are lucky, though, coz we haven't had to evacuate as we're still far enough away from the river.Many people have, though, and more rain is due. :(
Life! Yes! Me too! Better get on that.
What am I NOT behind on? don't answer that.
Trimming hooves... nearly 160 hooves, to be exact.
Loved everyone's comments so far! Sending good thoughts to LynnRodz. And "good luck" to Dena! I'm behind on where I want to be in the sequel, due 9/1, to my debut novel, out 9/15. Earlier this week I was stuck in Chapter 3, full of doubts about my ability as a writer, when VOILA, last night I got clarity and am moving forward, hoping to remember to have more faith in myself the next time this happens. As it will. I'm grateful to read about other writers here going through similar experiences.
I'm behind on re-reading/editing my WIP, which I was making good progress on until I got notice last August that the property where I was renting was up for sale. I've been recovering from my move ever since. It's been harder than ever to get back into the grove. Also behind on querying. Curve balls galore. Good luck to everyone on getting back on track and working through your current challenges.
Summer seems to have gotten here in February. I am behind on getting the house and yard ready for the drag of a Florida summer just because it got here three months early.On the writing side, I feel like I am behind the eight ball. Have to start digging out agents on my own. The Query Tracker resource didn't have a bunch of agents that fit my type of sci-fi.
Everything. I'm behind on everything.Oddly, I'm also making progress on a bunch of small stuff. I'm taking an 8-week online class about how to get "unstuck" and we're having to answer a bunch of really difficult (in a good way) questions. It's only been a week and a half, but I'm starting to feel faint twinges of hope.One of the things I accomplished was to set up my new printer. It's wireless, but not soundless. So I was sitting on the couch, cat sleeping on my lap, and hit the button to print something. I've never seen my cat levitate quite like that. Sort of defeats the benefits of remote technology when you have to get up and hover protectively over the damn thing, while making reassuring noises for the cat, until it's done printing.Oh well. They say progress always comes at a price. I have the scratch marks to prove it.
Into the groove, not the grove. That would be a whole different thing to get into.
I'm basically behind on everything, or so it seems.
I'm far enough behind on this draft that I'm in danger of losing an opportunity to have it read by a group of perfectly-suited beta readers. It needs to be ready by April or I'll lose my chance, so I'm sadly signing off until it's DONE. Good luck to all who are braving the query pool! See you soon.
The long and short (and midrange) of it is... I'm behind on being behind!
Um...writing, mostly (maaaaajor edits). Also querying-- I meant to have started again by a month ago, but life happened. And fixing my jeans. And sleep. Laundry too, and general cleaning. Basically everything but breathing. I don't think I'm behind on that.
Everything. All things take a backseat to my WIP, even your sacred blog. But what a treat it is to come here when I need a break.
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