I don’t know if y’all have figured this out yet, but I am the queen of two things: 1) procrastination and 2) rationalizing my way out of completing tasks I find overwhelming or unpleasant.
I KNOW. I will give you a moment to absorb the shock of this revelation.
You can imagine, then, how shocked I was at exactly 2:48 this afternoon when I realized that the following things are now true:
A) I have completed my revised draft of SHADOWS and it is currently with my publisher, being edited for LO, MORE REVISIONS. But that’s neither here nor there, because the important part is that I FINISHED SOMETHING.
B) As of 2:40 this afternoon–roughly eight minutes before I looked up and realized all these things–I finished my short story for the WINTER WONDERS anthology and–wait for it–SENT IT TO THE PUBLISHER.
Yes, I will get it back for revisions.
BUT IT IS DONE. For the moment, it is off my plate, and that, friends, is nothing short of glorious.
C) I have SIXTEEN (16) POLISHED CHAPTERS on the manuscript I lovingly refer to as Creepy Faces.
That translates to 37,087 words / 137 double-spaced MS Word pages.
I KNOW. WHAT IS HAPPENING.
The best part about Creepy Faces is that the first eleven chapters are currently being beta-read by an eighteen-year-old guy and a sixteen-year-old girl.
If you’re thinking, “Don’t tell me you wrangled a couple of your students into reading for you,” why, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I DID.
And I cannot waaaaaaaait to hear their complete feedback. Both have told me I’ve managed to creep them out so far (I think they’ve each read about half of it by now), so that’s a win.
(Yes, everyone, I cleared it with their parents first. GOODNESS.)
(If I’ve learned one thing about teaching high school, it’s that you can never clear too many things with parents, too often.)
So, in summary: I am actually capable of accomplishing things.
Who’d have thought?