Saturday, May 22, 2010

Working

I realize that it's been a few days since I've posted.

First of all, I'm like a cranky zombie (if zombies can be cranky) during an edit. Or maybe that's most of the time... whatever. Anyway, for the purpose of this story it's during an edit only.

I have a difficult time concentrating on anything but my edit. I supposedly have conversations with my husband and kids that they swear I'm a part of. I'm not buying it and I'm leaning toward a conspiracy theory.

I will admit to forgetting things. Lots of things. Even things that I read on my calendar and promptly forget ten seconds later.

The thing I forget the majority of the time is whatever it is I happen to be drinking. During the day I leave coffee cups strewn throughout the house because I forget where I put them. I'll find two (because I didn't see the first one) in the microwave. I've found cups on the bookshelf, refrigerator, bathroom sink...

This week I reached a new low. I found a cup, half filled, in the shoe cabinet. I swear, I don't know how it got there!

At night it's a different story. It involves my husband bringing me tea and me forgetting every single time that it's there! It's become a bit of a joke (for him). He'll bring it to me, put it in my hand and announce, "I BROUGHT YOU TEA."

When he walks out, I'll set the cup down so that I can type and forget about it for at least half an hour when it's too cold at that point to drink. We repeat this cycle over and over. My husband, being the jokester he is, likes to come back and stand in the doorway until I remember and then cracks up.

He does offer me more tea afterwards.

However, he did take his life in to his hands today when he asked, "When are you going to call a maid?"

I walked upstairs and called his cell phone.

All this to say: I'm still working on my edit and I'm nowhere near done.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

This is the life!

I’ve come to a conclusion: I would be a whole lot more productive if I didn’t have the Internet.

Huh. Imagine that.

I have been working.

I’m doing that editing thing… You know, the one where you eat everything in sight? Yeah. Any food that I see ends up in my mouth. It’s bad. Remember that time I OD’d on Girl Scout cookies? It’s got nothing on me now! I literally consumed within two hours:

Coffee… a lunchable… more coffee… chocolate ice cream… more coffee… pickle… more coffee… salad… more coffee… Kit Kat…. coffee… couscous with black beans… water…

Ya’all sick now? Because I am!

That is to say: If I’m eating all this crap, I guess the edit’s going well. Because I only blindly eat when I’m distracted.

Speaking of food:

Steven sent me an email asking me what I was making for dinner. The boy has a death wish.

I was like: I’m going wild and crazy – bordering on the exotic! – and making spaghetti! Doesn’t that sound yummy?!

Heh.

And he said, “Oh, because I was going to run to the commissary and get us some steaks to grill. And maybe some fresh corn? I wanted to cook for you.”

Well twist my arm!

And this is how I work (it’s not like it’s a secret): I wanted fresh green beans too. But if I had asked green beans he would have freaked, so I added something even more abhorrent to the list.

“Thanks, babe! I’d like something else too. Like maybe green beans or brussels sprouts?”

Brussels spouts are my favorite.

His response was something akin to: BRUSSELS SPROUTS?! ARE YOU TRYING TO POISON ME?! I’ll get you some green beans, baby.

*fist pump!*

Now I’m drinking a beer and waiting for him to finish making dinner.

Oh, and editing… always editing…

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Heigh Ho, Silver!

I think about blogging every single day. Funny things people say... Funny things I see... I'm continually running them in my mind to create the best possible way to tell the story.

I haven't forgotten you. And I will be back more regularly.

It's been a combination of things that have kept me away. There's a little bit of reservation tied with blogging now (I’m still not ready to talk about it). But mostly I've been busy.

Like... Busy running around doing who knows what. Oh, and there was the never-ending sickness that the kids have finally gotten over. But guess who’s lost her voice? Me! The kids are thrilled.

It occurred to me the other day as I was writing out my May goals: well, crap! Summer is almost here! And with that goes my freedom. Which means that very little writing is going to get done.

How did summer sneak up on me? I think it was all the rain lulling me into thinking it was still winter. Did we miss spring this year?

Anyway, so there I was, counting down the few precious days I have left (and let me tell ya, there aren't many) and I started to panic. I need to get this rewrite/ edit -- whatever the heck it is -- DONE!

*deep breath*

I've been working. Still taking a few lunch dates, though, because a girl's got to eat!

My question is: how do other writers edit so fast? I’m seriously blown away by how quick you are! It seems (at least on the internet) that you guys get edits and you turn them around within days.

I mean, I don't think I'm particularly slow. I have a system, sort of. It goes like this:

Month 1: Obsess over how I’m going to change the manuscript. Worry about every little detail before I start. Pull my hair out. Maybe whine a bit.

Month 2: Psyche myself up that I can, in fact, edit the manuscript. This takes a while. Usually by this point I’m so paranoid of my own ability that I’m almost numb.

Month 3: By month three, I’m completely fed up with my lack of progress. This motivates me. Which means I crank it out: three weeks editing and then 1 week of “review” before I send it off. That’s not to say that I haven’t edited a bit throughout the first two months, it’s just that the majority of the edit occurs now.

So… Now I’m looking at three weeks total. *cough* (This is where I’m going to start blowing sunshine!)

It’s not as if I can’t do it. Technically, I can. I mean… technically all I really need is about a month, right? I’ve obsessed about the edit about… two or three weeks. I can pretend that it’s more like two months. Right?

I need to believe I can do this. I CAN do this.

With that said, I will be in and out of the blog... And in about three weeks I sincerely hope that I can say I’ve finished (at least this round).

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