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  • June 2nd, 2008 | 6:46 AM
Writing Progress

Well it would be so nice to report that I spent my three days off immersed in Plant Kid's story but alas, that was not the case. I was buried, nose to the grindstone only coming up to breathe buried, in the work-for-hire stuff. I had 8 stories due on Sunday night. It would have only been 4 but I got the bright idea (smack me next time, will you please?) to do two different versions for them. I must be into pain, that's all I can say. And I didn't ask for enough money for the project which makes me mad because there is a lot of research needed. Live and learn, right? 

I continue to ponder the reasons why I felt so compelled to take on this project. Yes, there are a lot of household projects we want to do (like putting in an actual yard, a new roof, new heating/AC, redo a bathroom, etc - you know - cheap stuff) and money is always useful to have. But I also can't help but wonder if it was a bit of self-sabotage just when things were getting interesting with Plant Kid. 

That idea scares me just a bit.

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meredith_wood
June 2nd, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Well I hope you get to work on plant kid this week.
susanwrites
June 3rd, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I managed a little in long hand last night. Every little bit helps.
beckylevine
June 2nd, 2008 06:14 pm (UTC)
I think it was just life. Don't worry too much about the underlying. Plant Kid is very much still calling to you, and you're answering.
susanwrites
June 3rd, 2008 02:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I do tend to get swept up into the emotion of the moment.
liz_scanlon
June 3rd, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
We writers are mighty good at denial, distraction, avoidance and procrastination. But Plant Kid's not gonna let you get away with it. I assure you ;)
susanwrites
June 3rd, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! I'd follow distraction home anytime. Sigh. It is so frustrating because I really thought by the time I was this age, I'd have a little more sense of control and focus. But no. And I don't think that's likely to change.
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susanwrites
June 10th, 2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much the conclusion I came to as well. Though we do need some money. I'm glad the project has turned out to be only a third as large as it was originally and they are hiring someone else for the rest. So I'll get some money but still be free by the end of June.

Of course the fact that we are putting in a new driveway and patio might make me look for more money jobs real soon.

The hard thing lately is realizing that it has been YEARS since I wrote a novel in straight prose. A new one. Like 15 years.
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susanwrites
June 10th, 2008 02:41 pm (UTC)
I keep looking at a couple of my potential novels in verse and thinking they would be easier but I know I have to try and write this book.

As of June 26th I want to be all about the novel so let me know if you want to do any "team" knuckle-rapping.
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