Monday, February 22, 2016

Unresolved

Well, here it is—the last week of February, and I'm still attempting to finish revisions. In theory, they were supposed be done at the end of January. As you've probably figured out by now, they were not.

I'm not sure why, but I feel this gif coming on...


And though I have crossed multiple items (well, like, ten things, anyway) off the "Unresolved Shit Deemed Too Much Work To Deal With The First Time Around" list, I continue to feel as though I am not making much progress. Or, you know, any progress.

It could just be that no matter how many things I cross off the list, there are still two big, big challenges looming...

1. Correct that one character's really wonky arc. I don't know what you were smoking when you wrote her scenes, but stop it and fix her story line. Fix it how, I have no idea, but you know, think of something, okay?

and

2. You know what, I think I may need to rewrite the ending to the whole damn thing. Rewrite it to what, I have no idea, but you know, think of something.

So that and about twenty other things, is what I'm focusing on this week. I'm not particularly pleased that I'm so far behind, but there's nothing to do for it except keep on working on those 22 (or so. I know I left something out.) items because I'd really, really like to be able to wrap this damn thing up this week.

22 items. 7 days.

Sounds like the tagline of the most boring action movie ever.

But it is my mission. Should I choose to accept it. Which, you know, I do because what else would I do?



So...22 items in seven days. That's only, like, 3.14 items a day. Totally doable. That's Pi. Which is similar to cake (in that I can't bake either one)...which means something is easy (unless it's me in a kitchen attempting to bake anything...).

Still...I imagine I shall be spending a lot of time in the very near future looking like this:



Followed by this:


Best get to it, then.

What's on your agenda this week?

38 comments:

  1. I'm nearing the end of draft one of my current WIP...9 chapters to go...

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  2. Three things a day. Just focus on that.

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    1. I'm aiming to tackle four items a day, so that way when I hit three and a half, I'll be on track.

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  3. You can do it! One pie a day? No problem! I'm behind too. I wanted to have my current novella done in January, but you know, stuff. Now I'm aiming for the end of this week. So 10,000 words in one week. Doable. Maybe. With pie.

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    1. I think some of your 'stuff' has included a book release or two, so I think you could cut yourself some slack.

      But definitely...pie for both of us!

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  4. I've learnt this year that every project has it's own timeline. I thought I would be done with book 2 by now, and now I'm back to chapter 2. At least you are at the rewrite stage. I'm jealous. Maybe you need some cake or chocolate? Bribing the muse is a way to go;) Best of luck

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    1. Yes, every project does have its own timeline that will not conform to any schedule its author might set. One would think I would know and/or understand this by now. :)

      It took me a long, long time to get to the revision stage, so don't worry if you keep revisiting Chapter 2.

      And it certainly can't hurt to bribe the muse. I shall give it a try. :)

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  5. Hmm, cake...pie...wait, what were talking about?

    This is what you do. You can, you will, do it.

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    1. Yes, I can and will do it. I may be 80 by the time that happens, but I will do it. :)

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  6. Ouch! Get to it, girl. Sounds like a gallon of coffee per day kind of week.

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    1. It really is, only instead of coffee substitute "cherry Dr. Pepper"...

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  7. Yes, three things a day is a good, workable goal. I agree with Alex, focus on that. You can do it!

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    1. I've already crossed off one today...just 21 more to go!

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  8. Just remember: You can't rush greatness. If you do, it becomes muddled and looks like more a great mess. Slow and steady... is stupid, too. Go at a medium pace.

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  9. I should be working on revisions too but I'm waiting for Callie to get back to me on some stuff. BTW that's one thing we have in common: Callie Leuck. She's so awesome. I was like "Oh you read for M.J.????" She just beta reads for me (doesn't do any editing). My bloggy buddy P.T. Dilloway "grumpy bulldog" does that for me.

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  10. You can do it! Don't think about it being 22 things to do but as 3-4 things a day. Start with the easiest one so you can cross something off and feel accomplished, and you're on your way!

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    1. I was trying to do that, but then I get anxious and keep counting the master list, just to see if I'm making any progress. Of which, there is some, but there would be more if I could just do as you suggested.

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  11. Too much to do and not enough time. Don't let it overwhelm you. Just keep plowing through your list.

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    1. That is the plan. And next week, when it turns out that I haven't completed the list after all, plowing through will be the plan then, too. I'll get to the end eventually. :)

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  12. I keep mentally blanking out my writing to-do list...it makes me want to laugh hysterically/cry whenever I think about it. But you can totally do this! I also feel like breaking things down into bite-sized chunks makes a project a lot easier to manage :). Just focus on what you CAN do, and don't beat yourself up if it doesn't happen - we all work at our own pace :). Best of luck!

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    1. Yeah, I consistently struggle with not beating myself up. I just really do hate to let myself off the hook.

      But the bite-sized chunks help. I select one item to work on, and put the rest of the list away until that one item is resolved. And occasionally, I actually follow through with that and don't peek at the list until then. :)

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  13. Good luck! You can do those mere 22 items. I have faith in you.

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  14. Don't think about the fact that pi is infinitely repeating. Just get it out of your head right now. Um, good luck.

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    1. Too late. I've have already thought about how pi is infinitely repeating. I really should have either crossed one other thing off the list or added something new to the list before doing the math.

      Oh well...live and learn, right?

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  15. You know, 22/7 is the fraction they have kiddos use to approximate pi...

    Why must the revisions be done by the end of the month? Not that you can't do it (I know you can), but why did you set that deadline? It'll all get done in due time.

    And now I must rewrite my chapters 18 & 19. Because my writers group told me to. Well, they didn't tell me to, but they kind of danced around "these chapters are crap", and the more I look at them, the more I can see their point.

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    1. Is it? That's funny. I was probably writing (or asleep) that day during math class. You know, because I was writing (or asleep) during all of my math classes.

      My OCD would like the revisions finished at the end of the month because I'd prefer to be at the end of a project (or section of a project, as the case may be) at the end of a calendar page, then be able to start the next step on a fresh calendar page. I'm weird, I know. :)

      And I set the deadline because I'm afraid that if I don't set the deadline that I won't feel enough urgency or whatever. I like deadlines—they keep the pressure on.

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  16. This week I'll be on the radio, and then I'll be in the local newspaper, and then I'm going to get my hair and nails done. Wait a sec . . . I don't see any writing in all that . . . Might need to revise my plans.

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    1. I couldn't do anything on the radio. I'm such an awkward speaker. That's exciting, though—best of luck with it!

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  17. Good luck trying to catch up! Between getting sick and a lot of things happening of late, I'm WAY far behind on my writing. Like, I was supposed to submit 2-3 short stories this month, but I haven't even finished writing one. I'm only just, after two weeks, starting to be able to focus again. Being sick sucks, but anyway.. get those items done! :)

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    1. Being sick does suck, especially when you get to the part where you have to catch up on everything you missed. I hope you're feeling better soon!

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  18. I've been having a hard time getting any writing time in lately. Sir Poop's is still with us and takes a lot of time right now. I suppose it will stay this way until he passes.

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  19. I've been taking a look at fixing some of the timeline errors in my book 2 and I find myself beating my head on the table like your gif.

    But you'll figure it out. Maybe you need to step away for a bit and come back after a breather?

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  20. There are days when I think I need that first gif as my screen saver . . .
    And, #1 and #2 - oh yeah, been there recently. It haunts me.

    I hope that your revisions get waaay better soon.

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  21. that's only every day of my life - 22 things to do in 3 hours of free time... I pick one to focus on, tame it, beat the hell out of it, whip it into shape for as long as it takes. Then I only have 21 things to do in 3 hours tomorrow. Oh wait, add 3 more things to the list... Reorgainze and prioritize and keep going! And really, I know about 5 of those things I only want to do so they can be crossed off the list or combined with someting else...

    You can do it! And never lower your standards to get it done, take all the time you need (look at Georgie boy - I will patiently wait for the next GOT book because I know HBO is going to ruin it!)

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