I just finished the proposal for Book 3 and sent it to my agent. And now I'm at loose ends. Not entirely at loose ends, since I need to write the rest of the book, but loose enough for a couple of days while I think about what comes next. It's an odd and happy feeling. Odd because I've been non-stop for awhile now. Happy because I have some time to breathe. I told the hubby last night that I could actually cook a real dinner for us now!
We've been having expedient things, like crock pot items, Lean Cuisines, and soup. I could make something — spaghetti and meatballs? Jambalaya? Meatloaf? The possibilities are endless.
I can also go to the store and buy groceries. I've been putting that off for a while. And then there are the dreaded taxes that still need to be done, and doctors appointments I need to make. There's also that little matter of weight loss I was working on and got side-tracked with when I had to plant my butt in the chair day after day. It's seriously time to get back onto the treadmill.
Oh, and television! I haven't watched anything in forever, it seems. But I feel guilty, really, because I feel like I'm supposed to be working. And I know I will be again very soon, so I guess I should try and enjoy myself while I have a few moments.
Do you feel lost at the end of projects? When you finish a writing project, do you dive into the next one or take a break?
PS I'm participating in another eHarlequin guessing game! Guess the Bookshelf is going on right now! Pop over and see if you can figure out which bookshelves belongs to which author….(it's kind of hard, I think!).
And a well-deserved rest you’ve earned… Go with the flow, replenish the well, before you have to siphon it dry again. 😉
Usually when I end a project, I’ve got a few more swimming around in my mind. Switching my imagination to another story isn’t difficult for me because I’ve got others tickling the ivorys before I’m done with the book I’m working on. Not easy to ignore when you have to constantly remind yourself to finish what you’ve started before moving on.
I’ve got 2 unfinished books because of this. Arrrrrr!! It’s like rowing out to an anchored ship, jumping aboard, pillaging booty, finding no opposition, then dumping the goods into the sea, IMHO. Oh! To be able to take home the prize!!! 😀
I’m finally starting to pick up momentum on this WIP, so hopefully that means I can get back into a routine — where it’s not “oh-crap-it’s-5:30-someone-call-Domino’s”
I will tell you that by the time the book goes in, I need a shovel to clean out my house…
Lynn, after working so hard, I think you've earn a respite. Helps to recharge the creative spirit.
I understand how you may be feeling a bit lost. I suggest doing something you enjoy, something that's a lot more fun than taxes, although getting those out of the way can be a great stress reliever.
I heard a great speech yesterday at Toastmasters about the need to nurture our inner child. What could you do to let yours out? Some of the speaker's ideas were to find pictures in the clouds, blow dandelion seeds, have a pillow fight or daydream. The last one can lead to great story ideas. Here's to some well deserved R&R.
How did I manage not to answer anyone here?! I had a doctor appt yesterday and got sidetracked. Sorry.
Kathy, having new ideas while finishing the old is actually quite good! That’s how I launched into what I hope will be Book 3. Your analogy is LOL.
PC, you and me both with the messy house, etc. I still don’t want to face mine. 🙁
Keli, you are right! It’s important to refill the well. For me, it could simply be an afternoon of flipping through magazines, watching television and poking around the web. 🙂 When it’s warmer, I’ll sit on the patio. When I lived in Hawaii, I could drive to the beach and watch the waves. That was so refreshing. Now, I’m stuck waiting for spring to hit my corner of the woods. *sigh*
Congrats on getting that proposal out.
LOVE your head shot! I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without your hair pulled back. It’s lovely.
Before you have to plunk yourself into that chair again, go buy a small pot of Spring flowers like tulips or hyacinth and put them on your desk. Bring a little of Spring inside and the next thing you know, it’ll be outside as well.
Hi, Carol! Hey, thanks for the compliment on the hair. 🙂 I’ve worn my hair pulled back for years (since I grew out the 80s/90s bangs). My stylist talked me into a change. I’m glad he did. 🙂
I bought some tulips and they died. LOL, I guess I need to try again. Not good with the plants, sigh.