Why? In fact, why³?
1. Why did I sign up? Mostly because I didn’t know in advance that I’d need to come with a bookmap of a completed MS, but also because the editor and I are fellow alumnae of a midwestern college and I was hoping for a magical IN with her. Also because I suspect this type of deadline is the only thing that will get me to write (see §2 below).
2. Why am I not making progress on the MS? Mostly because I fear it will be crap (where’s the bleeping ON/OFF switch for that infernal internal editor?), but also because I’ve discovered I’d rather read than write. I’ve read 5 hefty books in the past week, but written only 5 pages.
3. Why did I decide last Tuesday that I need to paint my apartment? My office stuff is now mixed up with my dining room stuff (cf. Jack Donaghy’s Sadnesses Scavenger Hunt), the plasterer has completed his task, and tomorrow I buy the paint. I can manage only one room a month, so it isn’t a total disaster, but I still think I could have planned this better.
Spring semester starts tomorrow, and perhaps that will be to my benefit. There’s one thing worse than writing, and that’s planning for my classes (humble apologies to current and former students — not your fault, most definitely all my own).
I have about 8 weeks to write and revise another 30K words and create the bookmap (I’m actually looking forward to that). Once more unto the mess, dear friends, once more …