Sunday, February 24, 2008

Dammit.

It's 10:30 Sunday night. I'm about halfway through typing up the scribbles that I've been making on the chapter MS all weekend, but there's no way I'm going to finish tonight. So I'm going to call it a night, and plan to finish it tomorrow morning in the four hours between waking up and going to the gym.

On the bright side, the chapter is looking a little better. It still seems clunky to me, but I think that, in fewer than 24 hours, it's going to be good enough to put in a folder in my desk and move away from for a while. And it's even approaching the 12,000-word mark (including notes -- all my word counts include notes), so that's something.

On the other hand: my bathtub still needs scrubbing. Any takers out there?

5 comments:

Dr. S said...

Congratulations! Being able to let go of deadlines (just a little) is also an important skill. They're there to motivate you through things, not to kick your ass mercilessly. At least that's how I try to play it in my world.

medieval woman said...

that's great to hear!! definitely call it a night when you're this close...

Notorious Ph.D. said...

Thanks for the encouragement, people. I just finished typing up the scribbled notes. I still have a few square brackets to fill in (distressingly, many of them say things like "insert analysis here"), but I'm going to skip the gym and head up to the office to finish them up, if I can, before the 3 p.m. seminar I need to attend.

::sigh:: No scrubbed bathtub, and no gym. If I ever finish this, I'm going to be a flabby, filthy... published author?

Michael said...

Scrubbing the bathtub is manual labor. Make your welcome-distraction-person do it! I really need to learn his name.

The Bittersweet Girl said...

Congrats! It's always good to put a piece of the project aside for a while, let it percolate, and get back to it. As they say, revision is always easier than composition.