Miracles Happen (Alternately Titled: I’ve Done Some Things)

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.

Fairly certain I should be the president of this club. (Photo by alex.shultz on Flickr)

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.

And finally,

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.)

If you don’t clear things with parents, they will come for you. (Photo by St Stev on Flickr)

So, in summary: I am actually capable of accomplishing things.

Who’d have thought?

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14 thoughts on “Miracles Happen (Alternately Titled: I’ve Done Some Things)

  1. TheDrunch says:

    Good for you! I don’t consider myself a procrastinator, but I’m certainly not a multi-tasker. So while some people may THINK I’m procrastinating, I say, “No, no! It’s not that at all. See…you’re number 412 on my list of things to be done before I die. So don’t worry…I WILL get to you. Eventually.” Hmm…maybe I AM a procrastinator. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Anne Riley says:

      No, no, I think that’s definitely a different thing. I don’t usually have a list at all, so you’re way ahead of me there!

  2. Jessica says:

    As a fellow procrastinator, I’m shocked but proud too! I feel so bad that I haven’t been able to read anything for you lately and that I’ve missed MCLN so many times in a row–like gum on the bottom of a shoe bad. Hopefully, my super intense school schedule will let up soon, and if it doesn’t, I’ve already decided I’m taking next semester off. I only have one class and my thesis left after this, but I’m worn out! Plus, there will be BABIES to play with! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you and the fam are doing well! I sure miss you and the MCL!

    1. Anne Riley says:

      We miss you too! But obviously I/we totally understand that you are SWAMPED. I have had plenty of times like that, where I just can’t say yes to anything else. Don’t worry–we’ll be here when things clear up!

  3. Dean from Australia says:

    But if your tome here is anything to go by, you procrastinate with such aplomb. By contrast, procrastinate with all the grace of a goose that is chasing after people in a park but is merely turning circles chasing it’s own feathers. There’s a visual in their somewhere but I’ve yet to find it.

    Anyway, you sound like you’re powering ahead. Very pleasing to see.

  4. Caroline Blackburn says:

    Walked into the kitchen the other night as Ben was reading and I quote “You scared me. I’m reading Mrs. Riley’s new book. I just started it, but I’m already a little jumpy.” I’m pretty sure he loved it!

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