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I had a little day-trip today.  Although I hadn’t exactly been looking forward to it, it turned out to be a marvelous change of pace.  The sun was shining and the sky was clear.  The temperature got all the way up to 34 degrees, making it a positive heat wave.  It’s amazing how much that sunshine picked up my mood.  It’s been cold and overcast for so long, I hadn’t realized how badly I’d been trudging through my days.  That shot of Vitamin D has picked up my energy and my mood at a much needed time.

You see, I’m closing in on the end of my work-in-progress.  It’s at this stage that I always get anxious to see the end.  I want to finish so badly I can barely stand it.  I imagine it’s like running a marathon (not that I’d ever do that).  At mile 23 or so, you’ve just got to be exhausted, but the finish line is in sight.  Do you kick into gear and make a mad dash to get it over… running the risk of pooping out and not finishing?  Or do you keep the pace so you know you’ll cross that finish line, even if it will take longer?  I’m trying to keep the pace.  If I go too fast with the writing now, I’ll drop important points or get sloppy with characterization.  Yet I want to zoom to the end, just to get the story out of my head.  I always have to go back and fix things when I do that, but it’s difficult to keep my patience.

Hopefully this feeling of refreshment will help me refocus and get the job done sooner rather than later.

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