Current Project: Logger in Petticoats
Status: Not as far as I should be
This past summer has been one of my longest, since writing, spells when I haven't put words to paper on a regular basis. I'm hoping once I get caught up, I can manage to get back in a rhythm.
My schedule got skewed when my daughter and six Alaskan grandchildren arrived in July. They stayed at my house for three weeks with the addition of the two Oregon grandchildren. During that time I managed to keep up with my monthly blogs, and work on getting projects ready for self-publishing, and promotion. But I was still behind. I've been running around so much between judging county fairs, promotion/signings, and ranch work that I'm still feeling behind.
This is the last week for the two contests I inadvertently signed up for not realizing they would fall at the same time. So next week, I have my sights set on getting back into Logger in Petticoats and using NANO WRIMO to finish the book. My goal is to self-publish the book in January.
I've always been my most critical adversary when it comes to getting things done on time. So while I don't have a contract that says my book must be done by January, I have an inner contract with myself that says the book will be done by January. I nearly ate myself up because Spirit of the Sky took longer than I'd "allowed" myself.
When a setback appears on my horizon I mentally kick myself in gear and try to outrun the setback, but this summer, I just plain wore out. The more I kicked myself the more tired and less enthusiastic I became about the project. If I can get the list of "to do's" out of the way, and just focus on the book, I know I could get back on track with everything writing related.
The last of my Alaskan company, while they haven't been physically living in our house have been in and out for the last two months, will be headed back home in one and a half weeks, after that, look out Hank and Kelda, your story is going to fly from my fingers!
What kind of setbacks slow your writing progress? How do you cope with them?