Announcement! I have not actually been pregnant in more than 13 years. I am speaking IN METAPHOR *cough*
But I DID just finish with TWO simultaneous ginormous deadlines, one professional and one personal (which is to say, writing)
And for Pete's SAKE, I can't make myself do ANYTHING!
AKA: Grant Writing. I hate this activity. It is weeks and weeks of meticulous, painful work and 99 times out of 100 results in NOTHING. You work your butt off to hit a deadline and then POOF. All that time just vanishes and no money follows.
Part of my problem is grant writing is a little like herding penguins. You chase somebody down, ask for something nicely, and they slide off the iceberg into the ocean and splash around for several days before you can track them down again. You need letters, biosketches, feedback, pieces of the puzzle...
Once upon a time I wanted my PhD, but helping others chase grant money cured me of that in about 5 years. I don't WANT to be the one responsible for that. (Besides, I'd rather write fiction—a PhD works 100 hours a week—they really can only write stuff related to their progression in their profession).
I finally finished editing Chrysanthemum Campaign... This is the third in my Cozy mystery series and is due to my editor at the end of June (easy peasy, right?) But I KNOW myself and need not ONE but TWO rounds of beta reads before I send it to my AGENT who I am hoping I can get it to June 1... because June 1 is the start of BuNoWriMo and my chance to finally write this book that has been hounding me since last summer... as yet, unnamed... my first adult suspense in quite a while (I actually hope it ends up a thriller, honestly, but I'm not worrying about that yet)
The means, thus far this year I did an edit of Legacy (mostly just a tightening) for ABNA, a major overhaul of Begonia Bribe (at my editor's request—this book will be the death of me), and now the three layer edit of Chrysanthemum Campaign.
Before June, I now need to edit Kahlotus Disposal Site (per my agreement with Amy that feedback from publishers has been luke-warm and it needs an infusion) and then ANOTHER revision of Chysanthemum Campaign... Five serious rounds of editing before I get to start writing this year. HMPH!
I mean I know I've made good progress, but having just finished a round... switching projects... not just projects, but away from the series that the last two books are in... my head is just a little out of the game. I think I know the HOW, but I just feel like I can't quite start.
In the meantime, I have beta reads for TWO bloggie buddies going and THAT is a good thing—excited to be doing it. And it helps me separate from my own style a little... gives me fresh eyes. So for the next little bit... until I can get going with Kahlotus (maybe Friday) I will concentrate on these treats... Because I am certainly not going to get any editing or work done for a couple days if it isn't mostly fun...
I definitely recommend beta reading as a way to shake off the double vision from looking at your own stuff too long.