KH, drop me a line and I’ll get the books to you ASAP. Thanks to everyone for sharing their Ahhh moments with me. I thoroughly enjoyed mine, and we almost have our bedroom painted and ready to move into. Another Ahhh moment on the way!!!
Until next month,
I finished a book today! Woo hoo! It’s too long and it needs to be edited, but it’s DONE. Sweet, blessed relief!
This book, a Super Romance, has been a bit of a hard slog, not helped by the fact that we have moved three times (3 times!!!) in the last six months. Writing and moving house are mutually exclusive pastimes. Trust me. They don’t mix well at all. But, still, that book is done. And I am feeling as though I have been let out of school for the summer holidays.
Sure, sure, there’s the hacking and slashing I now need to do because the book is over even the most optimistically extended word count for the line, but compared to actually getting those words down on the page, pressing the delete button in various places is easy. So now that I can really see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m starting to get excited about getting my life back.
For those of you who aren’t writers, let me tell you that when you’re on deadline (or over deadline, as I am at present!) your world narrows to just you and the computer screen and the characters in your head. You strap yourself in at the start of the day, and stay in front of the keyboard for hours and hours until some generous soul drags you away to eat and, hopefully, sleep. You ignore email, don’t return phone calls, forget to dress and (some days) shower and generally retreat into a world of deadline hibernation. If you dare to take some time out, guilt is your constant companion. You constantly think about the book. You worry about your deadline. You squirm over what your lovely editor would say if she saw you sleeping/reading a book/shoe shopping instead of writing.
In short, it’s hell, which I guess is why a lot of writers call it Deadline Hell. So the idea of coming out from under this dark cloud of stress and work is delightful, but also kind of daunting. In the month or so I have been slaving away really desperately to get this book in on time (this is when the panic set in, mind, not when I started writing the book!) I have forgotten what it’s like to, I don’t know, go out during the day to grab a coffee. Or do a session at the gym. Or meet a friend for lunch. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to enjoy preparing a meal for friends, or mooch around in the garden, or toodle around rearranging things in my house.
I’m looking forward to discovering all these things again very much, and to taking a break from writing for a couple of weeks to read and renovate my new house and rejuvenate. Deep, relaxing sigh. Ahhhhh….
To celebrate my imminent release from deadline bootcamp, I’d love to give away some books from my backlist. Tell me about a recent “Ahhhh…” moment in your life, and you’ll be in the running to win a set of my Daytime Diva’s Blaze trilogy (Take On Me, All Over You, and Hot For Him). Details on all three books are available in the books section on my website. Alternatively, if you’ve read them already and you win, let me know which other three books on my backlist you’d like and I’ll get them to you pronto. Over to you…