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Hit Me With Your Best Shot!


I think I’ve finally crawled out of the strange writing box I put myself in some time ago.  I’ll know for sure in the next couple of weeks, but I feel this bubbling excitement low in my gut and let me say… it’s about damned time.

I’ve officially gone beyond the point I did on the last three book length projects I started.  Not only that, I’m WAY past. 

Today I wrote 4500 words.  I know what I’m writing tomorrow… and the next day.  At this rate, I could finish the first draft by the end of next week, but for sure it will be done by the end of the next.

I’ve been very consistent in my writing schedule.  There’s an urge to keep going at night, but that’s how I burned out before and this is working in a healthier, steady fashion.

So, I have to share something. 

There is no better feeling of accomplishment than when you find yourself developing “good” habits after so long on the dark side.

I’m more relaxed at night around my family.  I’m enjoying my reading more because that missed word count isn’t beating a drum in my head.  I’m actually accomplishing more. 

Really.  I’m writing twice what I used to even on my best days and yet, I’m getting more done.  Today, after making that word count, I wrote on since I still had an hour and a half until my first child got off the bus.  I stopped right about the time she arrived because I was drifting and well, I’d pulled out my box of chocolates from Valentines Day. 

Plus, I’d sailed 1500 words past the goal.

I stopped and went into the kitchen and made banana bread.  Then I started laundry and even ironed eight of my husband’s shirts.  (Actually, I’m a little worried he might have a heart attack when he sees them, though.  Uh, he usually irons his own shirts.)  I’ve also put on a dinner that smells pretty good right now. 

Tonight, I’ll watch Heroes and pay attention.  Then, I’ll give Studio 60 another shot even though I’ve about had it.  Great dialogue, but odd pairings out of nowhere and contrived situations–eh, don’t get me started.  I just love Matthew Perry, so I’ll stick around a little longer and hope the writer uh… develops some better habits. <g> 

And because I’m feeling generous and a little bad about no one getting to pick on me with a topic, I’m going to pick the first person who guessed and that would be… Heather. 

So, Heather, baby.  Hit me with your best shot! 

Don’t worry all, you guys will get another chance to pick on me.  🙂


  1. February 27, 2007    

    That is so great about you reaching a smooth, comfortable feeling. (And the 4500 words completely kicks ass.)
    I’m happy for you! 🙂

    And since I’m tired, you get the first thing that pops into my head…”write about a government mandated vaccine for psychic cat scratch disease.”

    Oh! I got my shirt and I love the way it is cut. But because of my weight loss, I’m going to have to wait for the other two I really want. I need to see how this one looks on me in about a month or so.

  2. February 27, 2007    

    Awesome! So glad to hear it!

  3. February 27, 2007    

    Heather! You guys are going to have to give me a week or so on that topic. But I’m up for the challenge. It’ll be fun.

    Oh, I haven’t seen the new shirts yet so I’m hoping they look great. How did the red look with the vampire design?

    Thanks Rachel! You have no idea how much you’ve inspired me. 🙂

  4. March 1, 2007    

    Cool… it’s always good to get into a groove writing.

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