Crazy Days

I like to think that Earl loves me best, but the truth is – he’ll do anything for TB’s attention. How cute are they?

I love my life. I love it so much. I’m a lucky girl.

But wow, this crazy schedule that I’ve set for myself wears me completely out a few weeks every quarter. I’m in the middle of a big push to finish Book 18, get the title and cover worked out and the book off to initial proofreaders and editors. All of that, plus a vignette and the newsletter by May 25th. Yep … Hauling some serious tushie around here.

Because there have been several other projects that dropped into the mix since January 1st, the only way for me to achieve all of my goals (and seriously, I keep adding to the list), I’ve really had to step up my word count for each day. Last year, I liked to kick into gear within a week after publishing a book, giving me plenty of leeway for the next book. If I only wrote fifteen hundred to two thousand words in a day, that was still fine, though I usually pushed to about three thousand words at the end of the writing cycle.

Lately I’ve been regularly writing around four thousand words per day to get this book out on time. The Abiding Grace story took time to write and a *secret* project (yeah, I hate that too, but you’ll know within a couple of months, I promise) took up writing time.

Then it hit me. Book 18 needed to move through my fingers right now! This is the best part about Bellingwood. I truly live there in my head. Yeah, yeah, yeah … it’s not that weird.

Okay, maybe it is. All I had to do was tell the characters that we were on location again and they stepped up. Strangers drop in, everyone starts telling me their secrets, their dreams and hopes, children dig out their best behavior. It’s pretty cool.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), I’ll hit the three-quarter mark of my targeted word count goal. The stories are starting to come together and find their end. It’s fun to see things slow down. This is going to be a strange summer in Polly’s life. Lots of changes are ahead for her family. But first we need to get her through some endings. Nothing tragic – it’s all very exciting. But you know how moms can be.

I plan to finish the very rough first draft Sunday night then spend an intense number of hours re-writing, fixing, adjust, destroying, reconstructing and putting the manuscript into good order. When Memorial Day weekend gets here, there might have to be a few glasses of wine that find their way to my lips.

I’m so glad that you are part of this life with me. Thanks for hanging out.

16 thoughts on “Crazy Days

  1. Kathleen Vekassy

    Gosh, I don’t know how you do it. Do you ever sleep? Do you remember what sleep is? Though I love your Polly adventures, you do need to take care of yourself too. Your kitties are so sweet they look like little angels. Looking forward to the next installment but try to take a nap!

    1. nammynools Post author

      Unfortunately, night-time sleep eludes me when I’m in the middle of this craziness. However, I’m very good at naps! 🙂

  2. Val

    How exciting! Don’t know how you do it but sure glad you do. Looking forward to the next installment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy Days!

  3. Anne Ogger

    Getting ready to read the newest Vignette while waiting for Book 18 to be published. The Belllingwood series keeps me wanting to read more. They got me hooked from the first book. Pleas keep them coming.

    1. nammynools Post author

      Polly has been very clear that we’ve got a long road ahead. She says she’s just getting started.

  4. Chris Adam

    😊 I was just thinking about you last night before your email came, realizing I’d not heard from you in a while, then remembering it’s crunch time!
    Write on!!
    I was going to say, “prayers for a clear head…” but no!!! You got a party going on there! We don’t want your head clear until you’re done! 😆
    Still, prayers for all you need!💕

  5. Ellen Johnson

    Your energy both inspires and exhausts me! With that said … back to my coffee so you can finish #18. Have a Blessed day, Diane.

    1. nammynools Post author

      … as I sit at my desk with a big mug of coffee nestled in my arms. Cats begone, I need the glory drink!

  6. Suzanne Engle

    Can’t wait to read #18… the date popped in my head this morning.. and I thought, oh cool, the 25th is almost here.. then I remembered it was still May and not June.. big let down.. guess to get my Polly fix, I’m just going to have to reread the series…again… LOL

    1. nammynools Post author

      Haha. I need the month. Thank goodness there are lots of Polly books already published. Whew. 🙂

  7. Peg Adams

    “The best part about Bellingwood–I truly live there in my head.” Yep! And we are all SO glad that you do! 😀

    1. nammynools Post author

      It’s gratifying to know that none of you think I’m batty. (shhh … don’t tell me)

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