I’ve been blithely writing away, Ta da da, happy as can be, on Muddy River mysteries for a while now. As if I didn’t have a care in the world. I mean, I’m self-publishing this series, so there are no deadlines. Right?
Except there IS a deadline for the next Jazzi Zanders mystery due–number 5. But it’s not until Nov. 4th, months away. Except…it takes me months to write a Jazzi cozy. I still wouldn’t have actually counted out the months on my fingers except that I went to Amazon and accidentally found this: https://www.amazon.com/Body-Apartment-Jazzi-Zanders-Mystery-ebook/dp/B07TT2RWQ5/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=The+Body+in+the+Apartment%2C+Judi+Lynn&qid=1562355467&s=gateway&sr=8-3. A blurb for book 4, that doesn’t even come out until March 17, 2020. Kensington was way ahead of me…again.
That made me seriously look at how much time I had to do what. And all of a sudden, the lazy days of summer didn’t look as lazy anymore. Yes, I panicked. I couldn’t dawdle around finishing Muddy River 3. I glued my fanny in chair, hit the keyboard, and wrote like the crazed person I occasionally become. And today, at last, I finished the last chapter of the first draft. RELIEF! I can pass the pages on to my trusty critique partners and start work on Jazzi 5 on Monday.
And I’m even pretty much on track. I shouldn’t have to buy stronger hair dye to cover any more gray hairs trying to get it done in time. I won’t have to rush it. I think that always shows (at least when I do it).
So, now that I can take a deep breath, I can settle down in front of my computer and write one scene or chapter a day every open weekday for months and months without having to try to write a kazillion pages in a short period of time. I can breathe again. And enjoy the summer.
Hope you had a great Fourth and happy writing!
(And if you live elsewhere in the world, hope your fourth was great anyway:)