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Monday Mayhem – Bookmark this!

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 by Maggie Wells   3 Comments | Posted in Blog

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I’m really the type who thrives on deadlines. Usually, I can just make one up and stick to it, but lately I’ve been torn in a number of directions on both the personal and professional fronts.

There are times when the publishing world moves as quick as a mouse click. Then there’s the other 99.9% of the time. Sometimes it feels like snails on Valium are lapping me. There’s a lot going on with the writing behind the scenes, hopefully all of it will come to fruition.

*crosses everything*

But at the moment, I’m kind of in limbo. I have a work in progress, but it’s a project with no deadline. It’s just the story I’m writing as I wait to hear about the fates of four, possibly 6, other stories. Some written, some yet to have a word on the page.

The thing is, if even one of these possibilities comes to be, I’m going to have to start busting some major words. You’d think that would inspire me to wrap up the one I have going, right?

Wrong.

It’s all I can do to make myself work on this story with no deadline, even though the first draft is over 60% complete. Part of it is middle of the story syndrome. The other part is that I am not a girl who limbos well. You see, I’m not very bendy.

bendy

So, today is June 1. I have approximately 20k more words (or 4-5 chapters) to put in on this draft. I’ve got a little vacation scheduled in there, so I’m giving myself a deadline of June 30 to complete the draft.

There. Deadline set.

I expect you to hold me to that.

Oh! Before I forget, I got these nifty new bookmarks! (Horrible lighting in my house. They are much prettier than this pic shows.) Want one or five? Email me at mkethridge1@gmail.com and give me your mailing address and I will drop an envelope in the mail.

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So, how about you? Anything you’re hoping to accomplish this month, or are you just ready to kick back and enjoy the summer? If you’re looking for some reading, Jumping Mr. January and February’s Fling are still FREE. You may still be able to snag Three Little Words, if they don’t get the sale prices switched back today.

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3 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Bookmark this!"

  1. Comment by Evelyn Jules
    June 1, 2015 at 11:09 am  

    I. Hear. You. Sister. Deadlines are so very necessary for me too. I’m giving myself till mid-June to finish what I’ve got on the go. I’ll hold you to yours if you hold me to mine. Hope we both hear some good news this week on the writing front.

    I wouldn’t be upset if one or two (or five) of those bookmarks found their way to me this summer. 😉 Have a wonderful week!

  2. Comment by Carol
    June 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm  

    Hee, “snails on Valium.” Right there is why I love you. I’m still agog over the number of words you can produce – and they’re good words too, not just throwaway things like “the” and “that” and “heretofore.” Hope you hear good stuff soon. As for myself…I’ve recently discovered I’ve written 192K words during this past year that I can’t even tell anybody about, and in 6 months I’m hitting a milestone birthday…so I’m thinking that I need to do some serious shifting of priorities in my life. Maybe June will see some heavy-duty pro/con lists!
    (Also, I always need bookmarks!!!!)

  3. Comment by Laurie
    June 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm  

    Oh wow, June 1st. It was a year ago I started the whole diet and exercise thing. But I kind of fell off the horse. So you know me I like to set stuff up officially. June 1st sounds like a good day to saddle up again.

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