Archive for April 5th, 2012

Thursday, April 5th, 2012 by HelenKay Dimon
Best Laid Plans

The last three weeks have been interesting, kind of a lesson in you can’t control everything. I have two books due between now and May 30th. I scheduled the deadlines, so there’s no one to blame but me. No whining here. Actually, the scheduling was fine but it depended on a very basic concept – nothing could go wrong. So, naturally, everything went wrong.

Three weeks ago I had a strange week in my writing career. There was an offer issue and some other stuff happened. Nothing catastrophic but some of it was a surprise I had to sulk about then get over. I actually blogged about it here at Genreality.

Just when I was mentally up and running again last week, something else happened. I got the stomach flu. My hubby was out of town and I was crashing on the book due April 15th. All was well until Tuesday night when I got sick So sick. I won’t describe it because no one needs to read about that stuff. Suffice to say I had a case of the chills Tuesday that made it impossible for me to move. Wednesday and Thursday were spent playing the bribery game. I was in a dead sprawl where every part of me ached and I would say things like, “in one hour I’ll get up and try to write three pages” and then I wouldn’t be able to lift my head. Friday was rebounding day. I spent it in a haze of non-writing exhaustion.

You get the idea.

This week was…you got it, write my butt off week. To make up for missed writing time I had to double up over the last few days. This involved constant writing, sore wrists and little-to-no sleep. I know, it sounds lovely. You should see what I look like. Hint: it’s not good.

Next time some journalist wants to write an author profile for a romance or women’s fiction author, I should get the call. I don’t hang around in my mansion in a fancy lounging outfit {stereotype alert}, but I am the right person for photos. Because, really, is there anything sexier than an exhausted author bent over her laptop, wearing ripped sweatpants and rocking unwashed hair in a haphazard ponytail? I think not.