Sunday, June 19, 2011

Procrastination Station

I'm procrastinating. Big time.

How big? Like, I woke up and decided I'd rather run 9 miles in the humidity than start working on my edits and formatting I have scheduled for today.

Folks, this is bad news. I have to get my book dumped into the appropriate template and formatted for submission by June 27 at the latest. I'm at the point where I'll deal with wonky scenes or poorly written sentences later. Right now, this is crunch time. The literary equivalent of BUTT IN CHAIR except now it's WORDS IN TEMPLATE.

I have Eddie Vedder's Into the Wild album lined up on repeat with the soundtrack to William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet as a quality backup, a massive latte by my side, and knees that are yelling at me for my attempt to jump right back into the running world after a few weeks off. I also have my browser windows fired up to Google Reader alongside the Bransforums and Facebook.

Don't judge. I'm the Queen of Pressure-Prompted Production. I'm a professional procrastinator. I'm also a professional sleeper and drinker, but those are stories for another day.

And no thanks to Hektor over at After Troy, I have summer and Bruce Springsteen on the brain. This doesn't bode well for my productivity when I'd rather be on a pontoon boat with a case of beer. Alas, the countdown begins: two weeks until 4th of July.

Seeing as this is getting me nowhere closer to finishing my read-through and painstakingly copy/pasting each chapter and dumping them into the template, I really should run. But I wanted to let you know where I've been lately. I've been reading and encouraging you all from afar.


  1. Good luck on the edits!

    I'm sure Bruce is responsible for A LOT of lost productivity. But I don't ever quite regret the time spent... I shall call it an investment in my soul! (You're all wrong -- that totally makes sense.)

    "Summer, Bruce and a case of beer"

    Those are pretty great things to have on the mind :).

    Now the dog and I get to hit the humidity as well...

  2. Good luck, and get stuck into it!

  3. Hahaha, my first thought when reading this was, "Ok, well I am pretty awesome." Sigh. It is really hard to separate your name from a thing that is not your name when you see it all the time.

    To break through my summer procrastinations, I took many days off around the 4th of July and I am going to spend all 6 of them writing.

  4. well, at least your procrastination was productive. Yesterday mine involved sitting on the couch, closing my eyes, and napping for a few hours

  5. Hektor, hope you and the pups had a good run/walk and that the humidity wasn't too bad.

    Thanks, Jen!

    Sommer, I can't tell you the number of times I've had to edit my comments on your page because I've spelled your name like the season. 6 days of pure writing time around the 4th sounds amazing. I have 5 days but I'm pretty sure they're all dedicated to drinking and swimming. :)

    Sarah, I was dozing on the couch by 8:15 last night. Something about the gloomy weather this weekend made me want to nap all the time.

  6. I'm a total procrastinator. A lot of the time, I have to talk myself into things. Like looking for a second job. I have to convince myself that I actually want one (because I really don't).

    I recently printed out the first chapter of my ms, and rewrote it by hand. It was awesome. I mean, actually rewriting/revising it AND that the new chapter was awesome. So I decided that computer= procrastination. Maybe I just need to drink more.

  7. @Cookie, hon. You and me both... "Maybe I just need to drink more." Amen! And I bet we could get Claudie and Hektor to join us as well, just sayin'...

  8. "Like looking for a second job. I have to convince myself that I actually want one"

    I have to do that with first jobs. The need for rent usually does the heavy lifting.

    "Maybe I just need to drink more."

    Could be.

    "I bet we could get Claudie and Hektor to join us as well, just sayin'..."

    Probably... I hear we're both going to be in Atlanta...

  9. Thank you so much for your comment Tricia! It means a lot. Now that my mind is flushed of all the excess emotion, I can move on. Maybe I'll turn it into a book one day. ;)



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