I woke up this weekend with a blaring realization: I’ve been sitting on the last 140 pages of my book’s final edit for about three weeks now.
Okay, so I wasn’t exactly purposely delaying. The last two weeks of the school year were more akin to a semi-truck smashing into my life than a gentle version of cruise control, and then of course last week I needed to take some “chill time” to transition into summer (see: The Readathon). Then came some serious errand and housecleaning time, and a quality weekend with my adorable niece (you may remember her as the Most Adorable Niecey On the Planet). All of this had to happen, but—yes, there’s a but—a little finger tapped me on the shoulder and drew me back to reality.
“Hey you,” I heard. “Remember me? Your book? The whole reason you started this blog in the first place?”
I tried to ignore it initially, but it just kept tapping—sweet little Kyresa, waiting impatiently for that one last edit to finally be done…
Which leads me directly to the inevitable blog time-out. For now I need to focus on this last edit of Kyresa. I’m simply too close to not put it at the top of the priority list. Don’t worry—my parents assure me I came out of the womb talking, and that I haven’t stopped ever since, so it would be impossible for me to cut out completely! I’ll probably just come a-knockin’ once a week instead of two or three times each week. I also don’t expect this will be for long—it’s only 140 more pages, after all!
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All right folks, a giant thank you to all of you for reading and following along. Wish me luck on my final edit, and I’ll be back next week!
June 18th, 2012 at 4:56 am
Good luck! I hear you — I’m thinking of doing the same thing myself.
June 18th, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Thanks, Jessica! I know you’re on a mission with your novel, too, so good luck to you. I figure slowing it down a bit for a little while is good. Plus I got some big editing done today! Woo hoo! 🙂
June 18th, 2012 at 6:53 am
Ha-ha–came out of the womb
talking! I think you did the right thing by chilling at first, and are doing the right think now by “going dark” on your blog for a bit. The time will fly by–you’ll see. Congratulations on your newsletter as well! We look forward to seeing you when you get back. Hopefully you will still be on twitter?
June 18th, 2012 at 5:50 pm
Thanks, Ilana! I do think it will help, and I already tackled a bit of editing today. More to attempt after dinner! 🙂 As for Twitter–140 characters is a breeze, so I’m sure I’ll be popping in periodically. Thanks for the encouragement!
June 18th, 2012 at 7:52 am
Good Luck Eva, I can’t wait to read your book!
June 18th, 2012 at 5:46 pm
Thanks for the encouragement, Sue! I can’t wait to get it on out there! 🙂
June 23rd, 2012 at 10:46 am
Good Luck, Sometimes you just need to block out the distractions. HOpe for the best in your last edit 🙂
June 23rd, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Thanks! I am finding I’m accomplishing quite a bit of editing with this time-out, and it’s comforting to know I made the right choice for myself. Of course, I’m also missing my blog! I imagine there will be a post very soon to compensate. 🙂 Thanks for visiting and commenting!
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