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Overcoming inertia

Monday, November 27, 2006

Lobster season started today in this neck of the woods, and the water is now dotted with buoys that mark the locations of their traps. I had a full day of work, but with this distraction out my window and the balmy sweater weather, it was hard to get a single thing done. I managed to talk to my editor and tell her that she will receive a whole chapter of the book by the end of the week. Gulp. Major inertia to overcome now. As a result of this semi-self-imposed deadline, I had to cancel out on what would otherwise have been an interesting and fun day tomorrow. So I will likely spend a good part of the day tomorrow thinking about what I would otherwise have been doing. I will dream productive dreams tonight. Here's hoping.

  1. Blogger holy chaos said:

    no wonder it is hard to get anything done with that out your window! beautiful...

    can i ask what your book is about?

  1. Blogger momyblogR said:

    Wow, great shot. I don't thinked have made such an offer,lol.

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    Heh, i can smell the adrenalin as that deadline nears! Best wishes :o)

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I had -27 weather today, -39 with windchill, and half a foot of snow.

    Tai laughed at me, saying she was running around Victoria in a t-shirt last week. Well, I've fixed her.

    If you keep rubbing your balmy weather in my face, I'll get you and your little dog too!

    It is a beautiful picture though.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    self imposed deadlines, hm, i know that. it's something i do when i am late and i want to please the magazine editor.
    is this what happened?
    okay, get it over with and next week have lots of fun. xx

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    Deadlines just a means to get the work stuff done so you can get back to the fun stuff :) Good luck meeting it, and may you be back to crafty things again in no time.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    It is a book for an academic press on the general topic of weather.

    I may very well regret it, but I think it is do-able, so I am actually hoping to get it done (or nearly done) by the end of today.

    My adrenaline is being smelled all the way to Australia! I'll let the editor know!

    I have a book idea for you! I will drop you a note on your site soon.
    More weird weather...

    I have to self-impose deadlines for the majority of my work; I don't have a "boss" and so I am my own deadline-setter. Since I have been spending so much time doing fun things like crafts and such, I have let my regular pace of work slip a bit and I knew that I had to self-impose something strict, otherwise I would end up in a hole I couldn't get out of. I intend to have fun the closer we get to Christmas!

    You got it!

  1. Blogger Pat Paulk said:

    I'll send you my voice if you send me some lobsters!!!! Good luck with the chapter.

  1. Blogger Ben said:

    Cathy, do you ever get bouts of writers block ? I'm sure it must happen from time to time.

    Do you think the tight deadlines actually help you to be more regimented about your writing ?

    Questions questions...I know.

  1. Blogger [eric] said:

    When in doubt, you can always copy and paste Wikipedia. ^_-

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    That sounds like a fair trade; how can I get them to you?

    Writer's block; oh yeah...all the time. But the research in-between is what keeps me going. I love the research aspect of what I do, so I am never 100% blocked. And the tight deadlines are a saviour.

    Bite your tongue! ;)

  1. Blogger PEA said:

    I would have a hard time concentrating too if I had that kind of view out my window..especially since the temps were so mild for this time of year, all you'd want to do is be outside:-) Good luck on the deadline...sometimes the best work is done when you know you have to have it finished by a certain date!!

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Good luck with that, Cathy!
    I miss deadlines a little bit,though I don't like to think of the immense stress they provoked on me. Maybe I need self-imposed ones :)

  1. Blogger Stephanie said:

    good luck :)

  1. Blogger fb said:

    It seems like yesterday was lobster season!

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    "It is a book for an academic press on the general topic of weather.:

    Cathy..I just quoted a reply of yours. The weather has been crazy! I have family in Vancouver and they r covered with snow. Not even a snowflake here and going to be 13 cel tomorrow!

    Goodluck on the Book.

  1. Blogger Trundling Grunt said:

    Good weather at this time of the year is just too good to miss - you know it's going to go downhill fast and so you have to take what it offers. There'll be plenty of lousy days soon enough (Friday, from the sound of it).

  1. Blogger sophie said:

    I just LOVE lobster!!!!!!!!!!

  1. Anonymous Anonymous said:

    I can see how that would be a distraction. Good luck.

  1. Blogger Connie and Rob said:

    Good luck with your deadline. With a view like that I am sure I would never get a thing accomplished.

    Sending you hugs,

  1. Blogger HORIZON said:

    Sending positive and productive thoughts your way dear friend :)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    All of your positive and productive thoughts are working!
    Thanks so much! I hope to have it finished tomorrow (hopefully I'm not jinxing myself by saying this).

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