Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I'm Freakin' Out! Do you mind? (An IWSG Post)*

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a monthly meeting of writers from all over the globe who get together to voice their fears and offer support to others. Please click on the pic to the left for a complete list of participants.

So apparently, I missed one too many IWSG posts and was cut from the list. Oops. And I'm sorry about that—about missing posts, I mean. If you came here looking for an IWSG post only to not find one, I apologize. It wasn't my intention. I've since re-added myself to the list and shall try my very best to do better this time around.

Anyway, let's move on to today's topic.

In which I freak out. (Again.)

If you follow the occasionally lucid ramblings of this blog on a semi-regular basis, you may know that I have recently started what are supposed to be Effigy's final edits. I started them yesterday and got through about fifty pages or so—leaving me with just four hundred something pages more—before I had to go about doing other things. (Damn you, day job!)

All things considered, the edits are going pretty well. I mean, I am completely and totally embarrassed—not to mention ashamed—by how many stupid, stupid mistakes I made (proving that a quality proofreader is VITAL!) and should probably be sitting on a stool in the corner wearing a dunce cap on my head, but the part where I correct all of the stupid, stupid mistakes I made is going well. I spent minimal time on Facebook (only two visits) and Twitter (just one visit at the beginning). I only played a couple of Solitaire games and skipped Minesweeper all together. I took a short break somewhere in the middle of the editing session to start a load on laundry and play with my poor, kind-of-neglected-when-I'm-writing (but NOT in a 'call the ASPCA' kind of way, please and thank you) puppies. And then I went back to work. I didn't make excuses. I didn't waste time surfing the 'net. I didn't procrastinate very much at all. I just...did the work.

Which is possibly a sign of the impending apocalypse.


Or possibly not.

So you may be asking yourself what exactly it is that I'm freaking out over. These are final edits, and they're going well—isn't that a good thing? And I suppose it is, but me being me, I'm worried about the fact that they are going well.

Surely that's a sign of the apocalypse.

I mean, nothing on this publishing quest of mine has gone according to plan. Nothing. It's like my publishing quest was cobbled together out of deleted Monty Python and the Holy Grail scenes or something, and I should be out building a large wooden wolverine right now. But instead, things are going well. Not just the editing thing, either, but other things, too. Things are falling into place, and ducks are getting into these nice, neat rows—and it's freaking me out. There's been a momentum shift and, suddenly, publication doesn't appear to be so unobtainable. And I'm supposed to just accept it? Trust it? Yeah right. Where have I heard this one before?


That's right. I know better. You can't lull me into complacency. I know I'm going to screw something else up that'll make this whole house of cards thing (hey, how many more metaphors can I throw into this mix? Place your bets below!) come crashing down. I'm on to you, Lucy. So don't bother trying to trick me because it won't work. Not this time. You can kick your own damn football, 'cause I ain't falling for that again.

Except for the part where I will totally do just that. Because that's what I do. Hmm. I guess that means there's only one thing for me to do now.

Quit**.

Or, possibly, this:



Thanks for stopping by today. It's always appreciated!

*—In case you were curious, the title of today's post should be read in Jim Carrey's voice from the movie Liar, Liar. There's a scene toward the end where he's in the courthouse bathroom beating himself up and someone comes in and asks him what he's doing. Jim Carrey responds, "I'm kicking my ass! Do you mind?" If you haven't seen it and would like to, it can be found on YouTube here.

**—That's just a joke. I'm not quitting. I will never quit. I imagine that some day I will be 90 years old and writing a post on this blog on January 1st, stating how this year will be the year I finally publish Effigy. I'll go on to say how I know I said that the last fifty something years, but this year I really mean it. So, just to recap, not quitting. Just making a hi-larious joke.

101 comments:

  1. Sometimes, everything just clicks and goes smoothly - you can't plan for it, but you definitely shouldn't question it. There'll be no apocalypse today, I promise :-)

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    1. Maybe not today, but it could be tomorrow. Or the next day. Or the day after that, even. But it's coming.

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  2. Yeah, I freak out when I have nothing to actually freak out about, too. I think NOT freaking out would be a sign of the impending apocalypse.

    And "Liar, Liar" is one funny movie. :)

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    1. Yeah, that's how this whole post started. I was thinking "I'm not freaking out. Why am I not freaking out? OMG! WHY AM I NOT FREAKING OUT?!?!?"

      I'm quite rational that way.

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  3. OMG are you in the right place. You're going to freak out along with some of the nicest bloggers. Well, I'm freaking out right now too because things are going very well. No more flu, no more snow, only 2 more visits to the dentist. Yay! Honestly MJ, I'm happy for you!

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  4. Is there anything you don't freak out about, MJ.? (:
    I'm just happy to hear you're in the final edits and so far things are going smoothly. I wish I could say the same, but my ms right now is a whole lot of whatthefuckery. Enjoy this time sans the freakouts and keep at it. (:

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    1. No. There isn't anything I don't freak out about. I am an equal opportunity freaker-outer.

      And my other WIP is a fine example of whatthefuckery, so at least there's that normality.

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  5. Sounds like you already fixed the major things, final edits should be fairly smooth. It's okay, I promise. :) (And I think freaking out is pretty normal.) ;)

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    1. But I worry that I haven't fixed the major things, and that I'm still screwing up all the minor things, too. I just worry. It's what I do. A lot. And always.

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  6. If it's going well, enjoy. Your luck had to change sometime, right?

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    1. Enjoy. Hmmm. Not sure I could pull that off.

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  7. Awww, don't freak out. I know you will anyway, but here's what one of my teachers said when I was flipping out about my thesis revisions: "You should ENJOY this." Then I looked at him real hard and wondered if he should be institutionalized.

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    1. Yes, yes, I will freak out anyway. Maybe I'll work on that enjoying thing later though.

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  8. LOL, I had to laugh reading this. I so identify. Why only freak out when things are going badly, when you can ALSO freak out because things are going well?? TOO WELL! EEEEEK! SOMETHING MUST BE WRONG! ;)

    On another note - we alllllll make a TON of terrible, awful, ridiculous mistakes when we write. That's why we edit. And edit. And edit. And drag our friends and CPs in to help us cut every single damn stupid mistake out of the manuscript. So don't be too embarrassed; it's pretty universal! :)

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    1. Something must be wrong—Exactly!!

      And I know we all make ridiculous mistakes. I just really want to do better.

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  9. I can understand why the freak out. Things can go too perfectly, you know, before it all comes tumbling down, but I believe some projects reach a point where they do get easier instead of harder. It's at that point that publication is more of a reality than it was before. Keep calm and edit on, MJ!

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    1. Maybe I should aim for just keeping calmer. Or calm-ish.

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  10. That's a good sign - it's all coming together! Continue freaking but continue editing as well.

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    1. Oh, I will continue freaking. No worries about that. Not that you would worry about that, but still...

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  11. Hey everyone ha a method, lol. Just push on and see it through. There is nothing more rewarding than that finished, polished, product.

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    1. I will always keep moving forward. Some days slower than others (most days slower than others), but always forward.

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  12. Haha...it's all the little mistakes that drive me nuts too. And of course the big ones. Glad things working out and we all need to rein in our procrastination of social media....

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    1. I do need to rein in my social media addiction, but for the life of me, I can't remember if I ever got anything done even before this addiction really started.

      Probably not.

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  13. Deleted Monty Python scenes! LOL. I undertand freaking out. I totally do. I feel a vast meeting of minds here.

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    1. It's always nice to hear that I'm not alone in Freak Out Land. Thanks for coming by today!

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  14. Woot, woot! Go with it while you can!

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    1. That is my plan. We'll see how it goes.

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  15. Never give up; never surrender!
    Or something like that.

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  16. You know, there is that ridiculously old saying: never look a gift horse in the mouth! Good luck.

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    1. I'm trying not to look the gift horse in the mouth, but it's quite hard to do.

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  17. sounds like you are just about ready! so glad to hear it!
    here's a great line to live by...
    sometimes you just have to say WTF! then go for it!
    i think of things i could improve on pop travel sometimes, but i don't dwell on it, i just improve the next one! keep at it =)

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    1. I like to say WTF a lot...just not normally in this context. I wonder what doing so will be like.

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  18. LOL love it! Sounds perfectly normal to me :P Keep on going, be happy its going at all, and why not? Keep freaking out a little bit…just keep working while you're at it ;)

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    1. I always do. Well, all right, I usually do.

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  19. I have freaked out when things seemed to be going smoothly. Just take advantage of how things are going and get as much done as you can. Hopefully it will last a long, long, long time.

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    1. I know I should hope for that too, but I really don't know what to do with it. When things go badly, I'm used to that. I don't know what to do with the opposite. It makes me worry.

      But I am going to get as much done as I can.

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  20. One should never be cut from the IWSG list for being insecure. Or busy. Or writing. Who do they think they are? : p

    Spotting errors while editing simply means you've become a better writer. Edit on!

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    1. Pretty sure I was cut because I wasn't participating because life got in the way for a bit, but, still, I wasn't participating.

      And it was the proofreader spotting the errors. All the errors that I made even after all of my apparently not so careful editing.

      Blurg.

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  21. I hate it when my writing seems to be progressing. That can only mean bad things are going to happen.

    Happy editing!

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  22. If things are going well, embrace it and run with it! You never know when that momentum can run out.

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    1. You're right; I don't. So now I have to worry about that too. Hey, at least I'm consistent when it comes to worrying.

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  23. Very funny post. You do vent your anxieties beautifully, M.J.

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    1. I had hoped people would find it funny. It is a pretty ridiculous thing, after all.

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  24. Freak out and then carry on! Maybe eat some ice cream and watch a Joss Whedon show. That always helps too. :)

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    1. I did watch some Buffy today. And ate an entire box of pop tarts. It did help.

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  25. As long as you find your mistakes before you publish (big ones anyway) it's fine. Many writers have felt like some sort of dunce at some point.

    ---Greetings from a February IWSG Cohost.

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    1. But what if I haven't found them all?!? Or, at the very least, the majority of them?!?

      AAAAHHHHHHHHH!

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  26. I tend to have about one mistake per sentence, on average. Each pass I do seems to catch about half of them. So after a few dozen once-overs I'll still have at least one per page. It sucks. I can't do any better.

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    1. Apparently, neither can I.

      I used to think I wasn't completely hopeless when it came to grammar. I no longer think that.

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  27. If things are going well, enjoy it while it lasts! :)

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  28. Glad to hear the editing is going well. I got chopped from the IWSG list too, now I am close to the bottom with you. We are naughty!

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    1. I thought it was odd that you were down at the bottom with me. Here's to doing better!

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  29. It's one of those things where it just feels TOOOO easy, right? and you're automatically suspicious? hehe. Just enjoy the ride!!

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    1. Oh yeah, I am extremely suspicious. The other shoe will be falling any day now.

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  30. I've had that happen to me more than once. It is scary. Editing isn't supposed to go well. If it is going well it means something bad is going to happen soon. Not that, I like it when editing goes badly, but that is what editing DOES! *Moriarty's voice.) And when it is smooth and working, that is when Authors look over their shoulders for impending doom. (Eh, that sounded bad. "Oh, your editing is going to fall apart! Have fun storming the castle!") I should reword that.
    I've got that feeling before, but if you are making progress, even if Lucy is holding the football then you are closer to publishing! There, that sounds better.

    PUPPIES!!!!!! Puppies are cute.

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    1. —Think it'll work?
      —It'll take a miracle.

      And my puppies aren't really puppies anymore. They're 8 and 10 years old, but I still call them puppies.

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  31. Bummer on being dropped so far down the list. I know I'll have to stay on top of IWSG.

    And yes,puppies are cute!

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    1. Puppies are adorable. I want them all.

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  32. Several years ago (I think it's been 20) I heard someone give someone else a piece of advice. It was, "Start dropping shoes." Because this woman was waiting for the other shoe to drop. For something to go wrong. And it wasn't going to.

    So, start dropping shoes. So you'll stop worrying about the other shoe dropping.

    Or, you could remember that being finished is just going to lead to all sorts of new problems. Maybe that'll help?

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    1. Hahaha! Strangely enough, that does help. Thanks...

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  33. I freak out about things all the time, so you're not alone.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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  34. lol, I know that feeling (and I had to delete Solitaire and Minesweeper from my computer). I learnt I had to simply celebrate when things went well and just enjoy it while they were still going well. I'd worry later when the apocolypse did finally arrive ;)

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    1. I've often considered deleting Solitaire and Minesweeper and Free Cell and all the other games from my computer, but then I don't. Because I usually make poor decisions.

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  35. I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop! I must have 50 feet by now!

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  36. "Keep Calm and Edit On" is PERFECT! We all need that sign on our computers and to look at it often. Stop freaking out - you're doing great!

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  37. You're not alone. We probably all freak out at times, and it's difficult when self-editing - always the worry that you keep missing the obvious. I know because I do this. I freak out over everything including blogging. Then I tell myself that it'll work out somehow, and the most important thing is that I'm still alive.

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  38. Can I tell you, When I first saw your title, I read it exactly like that scene from Liar, Liar.

    Isn't it crazy how our brains won't let anything go, even if it's good, it really isn't because something's lurking. I do that all the time.

    Were you a gnome in a previous life?

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  39. HA! Edit on my friend! You must know by now that anything can and will happen!
    Unobtainable? Is that where unobtainium comes from?

    :)

    HMG

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  40. Definitely keep calm and edit on!!!!! Noooooo quitting... Thanks for sharing your freak out with us... I felt at home reading this... :)

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  41. Glad your editing is going swimmingly :)

    And I still call my 7yr old lab a puppy, mainly cuz he still acts like one!

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  42. Goodness, I totally get those feelings, but you're going to come through this with a grin on your face, and even if there are bumps, it will be a fun ride. I'm excited for you!

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  43. Heh, I can relate to this freak out far too well. Whenever things go smoothly for me, I'm always convinced it's just the calm before the storm!

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  44. It's the calm before the AWESOME storm. Just admit it, you rock!

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  45. You may be freaking out, but that's because this is your baby. It will all work out.

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