Monday, February 07, 2005

Creating Deadlines

Lady Lit Blitz's post on procrastination inspired me to come clean.

I've been procrastinating like nobody's business on this stupid nordic dark fantasy/horror piece. I don't even know why. It's a throw away piece with little redeeming value as far as theme, etc, etc. But I keep poking at it, like a little kid jamming a stick into a dead dog on the street. And no matter how many times I poke this dead dog, it doesn't want to come to life.

I've been good the last few days editing it and playing around with it during my lunch hour, and using some slow moments either at work or at home to make the changes on the computer. (I love my data-stick, BTW. It's a life saver. Not that you're reading this, but thanks, Dad).

I've set a deadline for myself of Friday night. Friday's my next day off, so that gives me lunch hours today through Thursday plus all day Friday to finish this piece off. After Friday night I'm either sending it out or putting it aside for at least a couple of months. It's well past time to move on to something else.



LadyLitBlitzin said...

I don't envy you having the story that stumps ya situation. I know that one well. I recently finished a story that was like that for me... although sometimes still wonder if I just tacked on an ending (while knowing it needed to end!) and also pretty much figure it needs maybe 1,000 words cut. I have put it aside for a long while... it's not yet in circulation, submission-wise.

I wish you luck! I can imagine sometimes the thing to do is to put it aside and hope for a brainstorm later... though I can understand also just putting the revisions behind you and putting it into circulation. May the muse be with you, either way! :)

Hebdomeros said...

Thanks for the support.

I may have made a small breakthrough last night with it. I finally figured out exactly what about it bothers me. So I'm halfway to fixing it.

Four days left....

LadyLitBlitzin said...

Wow, the muse did show up! That's awesome! How great that you had a breakthrough!!!!

Good luck then with the next four days!