Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back to the Real World

by Leann

I finished the third cat book on Friday. Usually, when that manuscript goes off to the editor, I am ready to party. Partying for me includes things like eating ice cream or fast food. I know. I am such a wild child. But this time, I just felt drained. Perhaps that's because I have vet appointments that have been put off, a closet where I cannot find anything and a pile of unfiled receipts and bill statements that date back six months.

I hate filing and I do not want to clean a closet even though this time of year is perfect. It's too hot to go outside after eight AM or before eight PM. No. Forget the eight PM. Mosquitoes. Big fat juicy mosquitoes that love to feast on my flesh. I am not a fan of August in Texas.

There are wonderful things to look forward to, though. Both my grown kids are coming for a short visit at the end of the month. Then I leave for Seattle on September 17th to await the birth of my second granddaughter. I don't know what her name will be yet and I am anxious to see if she will have red hair like her sister--and like many on my side of the family. My dad's name growing up was "Red" and then my brother had the same nickname.

I am only beginning to even think about these upcoming events because I have been lost in the writing process. This was a tough journey because I never hit that downward slide I am used to reaching about midway through a book. I had to keep plugging away, taking whatever I could from each day's work.

What about you? How do you handle a task or a project that always used to go a certain way and then all of a sudden, you find the experience is completely different? For me, I got stressed and tired and worried. I have a feeling the relief will come on Monday--and maybe that dark pit of a closet won't seem so daunting.