You don't have to control your thoughts; you just have to stop letting them control you.
~ Dan Millman
Overwhelmed by the demands of work, parenting and my own self-imposed deadlines, and exhausted from several weekends in a row of travel and music recitals, I found myself totally depleted by the end of last week. I allowed myself to take a break on Friday and felt further rejuvenated after spending time with Georgia Romance Writers, Kelly Stone, and my blog sisters yesterday. Today, finally, I began to pull myself out of the slump I was in.
It happens so fast.
An orderly home does wonders for the spirits, so I started with that. I cleaned up the kitchen and mopped the floor; I sorted the laundry and did a couple of loads; I dusted and vacuumed. Then I posted to Writers Li.P.P., got some packages ready to take to the post office, and wrote my to-do list for next week. By then I felt collected enough to get back to work on my novel revision. With 60,000 words left to go, I had to admit that my June 30th deadline was completely unrealistic. So I decided to extend my deadline to July 15th; that's 2,222 words a day between now and then. I wrote 2,367 words this afternoon so I am off to a solid start.
I am especially proud of meeting my word count goal today because it was brand new work - a couple of challenging scenes that weren't in the previous version. I had been dreading them and missed several days of writing as a result. It feels great to have them behind me.
Now I am ready to curl up with a cup of mint tea and a sweet romance. I will leave you with this video. Because what seems obvious to you might be amazing to others.