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I had a deadline on August 31.  It doesn’t matter how well I prepare or how well I schedule, I always hit a big push right before a book is due.  This time was no different.  When I’m in deadline mode, I hunker down and tune out the rest of the world (the things that I can).  It’s all-consuming, and it’s not fun.  My time is booked, and things like cleaning, socializing, and yard work fall on the back burner.

But now I’m free!

I feel so light. I’ve got no deadlines weighing me down right now. I’ve been shopping the past two days. Clothes shopping, shampoo shopping, Blizzard shopping, etc.  This morning I’ve been cleaning up emails and outdated bookmarks.  I plan to tackle some gardening later.  It’s silly how all these normal activities are suddenly fun.  It’s really showing me how balance in everything is key.  If only I could figure out how to do that…

I’ve committed myself to just getting caught up this weekend — and I’m not putting together one of my infamous “to do” lists. I’m just going to do what I want to do or what needs to be done.  Yet in the back of my mind, I can feel myself turning through stories.  I need to nail down my writing schedule for next year.  Short stories are popping into my head, eager for me to make space for them.  I’m going to let them simmer for a little while.

In the meantime, I’m taking control of my life again and am waiting for my editor to send feedback on Courting Trouble.  It’s coming November 27 to an on-line retailer near you!

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