Friday, February 21, 2014

Working For The Weekend

A funny thing happened in the wee hours of this morning.

I finished Effigy's final edits.

Which means I should be like this:


Or this:


But that's what normal writers would do (well, provided there is such a thing as a normal writer), and if there's one thing this blog has established it's that I'm about as far away from normal as one could possibly get.

I'm more like this:



Only more frazzled and less confident. But that's a therapy session for another day. Today's post is about celebrating—Or, you know, maybe not celebrating, but rather just acknowledging that I reached a major goal and did so with a week to spare. This means that despite my continued insecurities surrounding the finality of the final edits, I can take the weekend off...and do all the housework I neglected while finishing said final edits. Including climbing on the roof and shoveling off the alarming amount of snow that's piled up there recently.

I've said this before, and now I feel the need to say it again: Normally, I don't care about snow one way or another. I don't love it; I don't hate it. It's just this thing that happens from November (and occasionally October. Once in August) until March (usually April).

But this year I want to punch snow right in its stupid face.

Or maybe I just need a nap. A nice long winter's nap. Maybe I'll do that this weekend too.

And on that note, I'm outta here. But be sure to come back on Monday when I'll be blogging about my second major goal for February: the dreaded blurb.

*gulp*

Have a great weekend, all.


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  1. Well done on finishing those edits. Enjoy the weekend :)

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  2. Congratulations on finishing the edits!
    I recommend a nap. Sounds better than shoveling snow.

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    1. Oh yes, nap definitely trumps shoveling.

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  3. Excellent on the edits!

    And I vote for nap - the snow and the dust will be there when you wake up. Unless magical fairies come by when you're sleeping…. :)

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    1. Or the weight of the snow causes the roof to collapse while I'm sleeping.

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  4. Yay congrats on finishing the edits! You totally deserve to nap as much as you want so forget the snow for now. =)

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  5. Congrats on finishing your final edits! And I am definitely more like Belle's expression when finishing mine than the first two.

    And a nap sounds really good. :)

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    1. I don't trust that they could actually be done. I'm not sure there's a gif for that.

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  6. Congrats on those final edits! I'm through with snow and winter, too. Punch it for me.

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  7. Oh, no!!! Not the blurb!!

    And congrats on the final edits! Very jealous, as I'm only just diving into mine.

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    1. I know. I think I have officially procrastinated as long as I possibly can on this stupid blurb. Time to suck it up and bite the bullet. Or change professions...

      And best of luck with your final edits. I'm sure they'll go very well. I am a disaster; you are not.

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  8. Happy dances and eat lots of chocolate!

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    1. Always. Well, the chocolate thing anyway.

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  9. I'd offer you some ice cream, but maybe you'd rather have a taco fest. Fun food always has a way of lifting the spirits, especially when there's a party going on. Congratulations! You've accomplished a lot this week!

    MJ, A to Z Challenge Co-Host
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    1. I'd take ice cream over tacos any day. Tacos are fine and all, I guess, but ice cream's better. Especially Ben & Jerry's.

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  10. Oh yes. I understand 100%. Here's to getting that exuberant feeling. I'm sure you'll find it when the book sells.

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    1. Thank you for saying "when the book sells"...I'm still mostly in the "if the book sells" camp.

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  11. Congrats on finishing! I'm not much of a dancer either; I'd probably just reward myself with some netflix streaming and some icecream, Coffee Heath Bar Crunch :)

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    1. I was just streaming Veronica Mars. I guess that means all I need now is the ice cream.

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  12. Final edits completed? What's not to like? Congratulations! Take a break and enjoy the weekend.

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    1. I just really don't trust that they could honestly be done.

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  13. Congrats on finishing! You shovel snow and I'll celebrate. Sound good? ;)

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    1. It does...except for the part where I actually shovel the snow.

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  14. I don't get excited about finishing either. I always feel a little empty. And a little suspicious. I get that feeling like I'm forgetting something because I *know* there's still a typo lingering in there somewhere . . . Final edits make me edgy. More so when they're done than when I start.

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    1. Yes! YES!! That is EXACTLY it. I am incredibly suspicious and edgy right now; I can't focus on anything other than what I must have missed and/or forgotten. YES!

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  15. Wow. Congrats. It's been a long time in coming. Throw a party.

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    1. Well, there's still a lot more stuff to be done. Maybe when I make it through all of that, there will be a party. A slumber party. Where all I do is slumber.

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  16. Congratulations on finishing your edits!!

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  17. Congrats on the final edits, although perhaps your lack of relief means you have a suspicion there's something else to fix in there... Even when I was proofing galleys, I felt I wanted to change things in my book. It's a writer's quirk. ;)

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    1. I always feel as though I want to change things. Just don't know if I should.

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  18. When you go after snow, be sure to let me know. I'll hold it down while you punch it, and then we can switch. Good luck with the blurb. Those things are evil.

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    1. Double teaming snow. Sounds like a definite plan.

      And yes, I think blurbs are evil, too.

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  19. I never know how to celebrate important stuff. Like, I know I SHOULD.. but I don't know what to do, other than eating cake. Lots of cake... excuse me, I have baking to do.

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    1. I wish I could bake. Then I could have cake too!

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  20. You're worn out and doubts start creeping in. Tomorrow you just might wake up and feel like celebrating. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I'm not quite at 'celebrating' yet, but I do feel slightly less stressed over it than yesterday. Celebrating must be right around the corner then.

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  21. Congrats! If you put a big bow in your hair, you could look like that. Totally.

    As for blurbs, EEEEEEEEEEEEEEK! Good luck.

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    1. Yeah....I'm not into the big bows so much. Weird, for an 80's child, I know, but still true.

      And your response to blurbs is eerily similar to mine. Interesting...

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  22. Congrats on wrapping up those edits at long last! That is such a great accomplishment. A nap is more than deserved, I think!

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  23. Congrats on finishing the edits--that's huge! And I hope you get to take that nap! :)

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    1. I will take that nap...as soon as I take something to help me sleep. Turns out, I just can't stop thinking.

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  24. Woo-hoo! Congrats on reaching your editing goal. Definitely worth celebrating. The weather is improving so that's worth celebrating too. (And if it isn't warming up where you are, punch that snow in the face, or take out a blowtorch and burn it. :P )

    Enjoy your weekend :)

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  25. CONGRATS on finishing the edits. That's FAB news!! Enjoy that weekend and have a nap!

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  26. WOOO! High five with shovels!

    And don't worry about the blurb. It will come to you when you're up on the roof and can't find anything to write with before you forget it. : p

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    1. I'll just have to use the shovel to carve it into the ice. =)

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  27. Well done!! Go on, have a dance, you know you want to!

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    1. I kind of do...let me just make sure no one's looking first.

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  28. Ugh, this Polar Vortex or whatever is hitting New England is just terrible. Since I don't drive, I don't have to shovel off a car or anything so the snow rarely affects me, the sidewalks are just crazy slippery. But this year there is just too much!! Feeling your pain from a couple miles south <3

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  29. Congrats. You had to finish eventually, right?

    Take a deep breath. Let it sink in. I know that feeling. You've been working on it so long that it can't be done yet, right? There must be something else. It's like your mind is so used to having this to do that it can't wrap itself around not having to do it anymore.

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  30. Congratulations on finishing the edits. You should definitely celebrate, but I can understand you having mixed feelings at this point. Finishing work on a book is like saying goodbye to someone close.

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  31. Yay for finishing the edits! Seriously, go eat some chocolate/drink wine and dance around the house - you deserve it!

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  32. You do know you never finish editing, right? You just decide to stop.

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