I went back to work today after 5 blissful and productive days off. As expected, things were on the crazy side, and while it was nice to be missed, I’m not sure I got enough rest to make up for the impending chaos of the next few weeks!
The worst part, though, was that by around 3:00, when I’d finally managed to get the lid back on Pandora’s box, I found myself resenting the fact that I was being kept from doing what I really wanted to do: work on my manuscript! In fact, the only thing I didn’t resent about today was tonight’s dancing!
It’s not that I dislike my job…it keeps me busy, and sometimes, even entertained. And frankly, my furry children and I have become accustomed to regular meals, shelter from the rain and air conditioning when the temperature rises about 75! So the day job stays, at least for awhile! Like all writers aspiring to be authors, I not only have to complete my first book, but go through that lovely submission process until a publisher recognizes what a gem I’ve penned and actually offers me some kind of financial recognition of my efforts.
Thus, I will have to develop a plan to balance day job, manuscript and recreation (and maybe even house cleaning) so everyone is, at least, partially satisfied!
I briefly considered returning to a past life where I was a hermit, but quickly realized that I’ve evolved past that state and would find that pair of shoes to be ill-fitting and uncomfortable now.
The accountant in me is mentally crunching the numbers, even as I type. I was able to crank out about 10,000 words in just under 9 hours of actual writing this week, but I also need to allow for research time, periods when inspiration is not as readily available as others, and time spent re-reading and restructuring. So carry the ten, multiply by 6 and divide by the square root of 67 gives me…5,000 words a week.
Let’s give it a couple of weeks to test my theory (and my calculations) to see if this is a workable plan. If I can make it work, I should at least have enough words in 6 or 7 weeks, although I might want to make it 8 in case more ends up on the cutting room floor than I’m currently anticipating.
And yes, the Do Not Disturb sign is still on my front door!
The good news is, I only have one more work day between me and my manuscript (I really like the sound of that!!! In fact, it should be bold and emphasized! My Manuscript! )
The only thing I’ll find even more satisfying will be: My New York Times Best Selling Book. Now THAT has a ring to it, doesn’t it????
Taking the Laws of Attraction into consideration, here, it might behoove me to make a little headline for my vision board as it will remind me of the commitment I’ve made to myself!
<toddling off to set more intentions>
For now, as is my habit (and a wonderful habit it is, don’t you think?) I will leave you with my gratitudes:
1. I am grateful that I’ve downsized my life to only having a cell phone because I can turn it off or leave it in another room when I don’t want to be disturbed.
2. I am grateful for good friends to laugh with, share with, dance with and celebrate with!
3. I am grateful for my day job which gives me the means to pursue my dream job.
4. I am grateful for being needed.
5. I am grateful for being provided with an infinite number of lessons to teach me, challenge me and allow me to grow.
Love and light.