Deadlines

Sometimes life and goals take precedence over blogging.

Between the day job and a self-imposed deadline on a writing project—not to mention personal time with family—there’s just no time for a real blog post this week.

I hope your week will find you well and happy and successful. See you next Tuesday!

Of course, no matter my schedule, Fall progresses:

41 thoughts on “Deadlines

    • I would have included two glasses of wine, but my husband was drinking beer that day. 😉 The desk isn’t looking quite so tidy today, but still clean enough to do some writing this afternoon. Gray and drizzly today—I’ve been using the light box to hopefully good effect!

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    • I will keep taking them—and there are still lots of trees that haven’t begun their shows yet, so there should be more to come. 🙂 I’m hoping folks will enjoy next week’s posting….

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  1. Dang that life. Mine’s doing the same to me. Of course, now I just gave you something more to do by leaving this comment. No need to respond. Just stopping in to say ‘hi.’ 🙂

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    • I could never not reply to comments. 😉 I hope your recertification is going/will go/did go smoothly! That’s a heck of a lot more intense than the work in my life!

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      • It’s still ahead, but I’m nearly through my review book from the Cleveland Clinic and have passed all my practice tests so I’m feeling pretty good about it. Just want to get it over with so I can get back to my manuscript…

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        • And the sooner you can get back to it, the sooner we can read the published version. 🙂 And even though you won’t need it because you’re completely prepared, good luck on the exams!

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          • Thank you!

            I’m waiting on one more early reader. Just heard good things from one yesterday, so that was nice. But I have a lawyer reading it to make sure I got the legal jargon right, and once I hear back from him, I’ll zip through it again and off it goes. Phew.

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    • There are some beautiful colors right now, even if the day is gray and a major cold front will hit tomorrow. And lots of trees still haven’t started turning, so I hope to have more fall photos for at least a few more posts. We’ve moved into red wine season after a summer of whites and rosés, even though my husband was still having a cold beer when I had that Nero d’Avola. 😉

      I thought the posters in our dining room would be a good hint into one of our favorite beverages—to be enjoyed in moderation, of course!

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    • Thanks, Karalee! I hope the focus on “real” writing will show some dividends for next week and beyond. I really want to use the NaNoWriMo energy around us next month to make progress on one of my WIPs.

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  2. Good luck with your deadline – hope you get everything squeezed into your week! Enjoy the colors, our leaves are now mostly past peak. I’ve enjoyed the flurry of colors but so many of our trees are now leafless 😦 I don’t like when that happens. I know it’s wishful thinking, but I hope the milder temps holds out for a few more weeks 🙂

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    • I’ve got to get outside with the camera tomorrow—some of the maples are really beautiful now, and I might miss them if I wait any longer. We have a very strange mix of bare, partially turned, and still completely green trees. We’re supposed to get down to 34 tonight. Much cooler and we’ll have our first frost. Brr, I’m not ready! But I think we might have to break down and turn on the heat tomorrow morning. 😉

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      • JM, I’ve had my heat on since September 🙂 but, I tend to run cold. We’ve had some very mild temps so that’s been nice, but this week is already too cold for me. I’m ready though – I’ve got my flannel PJs, sweatshirts, and the heat on!

        Hope you get some great shots!

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    • It’s been mostly cloudy again this week, but we’re getting our evening walks in. Tomorrow should be sunny, and I think I’ll be heading out with the camera. The maples are really taking off now, and I’d like to get some photos of them before a storm or cold snap brings down the leaves. 34 for a low tonight! :O

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    • Deadlines are very common in your line of work, aren’t they. 😉 Nero D’Avola wines aren’t well known here in the US, which is too bad. They really are quite good. I’m so happy to see the recent reindeer photos on your blog. 🙂

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  3. Your tidy desk compels me to do some cleaning in my own study! Love the colors on the tree.
    My most pressing deadline is prep for Saturday’s Halloween party, so everything else is taking a backseat for the most part. Good luck with your deadliines!

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    • That desk shot is from earlier this year. Now there’s a rather large light therapy lamp taking up another chunk of the workspace. 😉 But I think I can “see” a difference with it. If nothing else, I seem to be staying awake until it’s time to go to bed at the normal time and then waking up at the right time. Even if I don’t notice a mood change, that sleep pattern is good in itself!

      I’m betting that’s going to be a great party on Saturday! I wish my parents would’ve done something like that. 🙂

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  4. Deadlines are good for the soul, JM. They put us back on track with ourselves and our work. Hopefully, your deadlines – self-imposed or not – are fruitful!

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    • My fingers are crossed that they give me the kick in the pants I need to get moving on the novel writing again. I’ve met them for one short story, but more on that later. 😉

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  5. LOL. I had one of those days this week. Luckily it corresponded with Halloween. 😉 Thank goodness for quick holiday posts. My other fav thing is a reblog. Way easier to put together than a brand spanking new post.

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    • I should go through some of my older posts for potential reblogs. A lot of newer readers probably haven’t seen them, and those might be good for December into New Years…. 😉

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    • The wine was nice. 🙂 We’ve had several different reds from Caleo, and we’ve enjoyed them all. They’re not very expensive, and I think they’re good value for the money. I’m also glad to report that despite the increasing work load again, I am writing!

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  6. I’m getting here late, but I love your work space. It looks as if, like me, you don’t prefer visual distractions. Although there appears to be a large window to your right, you don’t have it in front of you. You appear to be much more the master (or mistress) or your environment, however, and much better organized than I.

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    • I can only take so much “clutter” in my workspace. If the words aren’t flowing, I’m too easily distracted from the work at hand. I should probably have a computer with no internet connection and no programs on it other than Scrivener and Excel. That would help even more. Luckily, the view from the window is simply townhouses and a bit of a commons area. How people work in settings with incredible views is beyond me.

      Good to see you back, Smak.

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