Holy Crap! A DEADLINE!

So. I agreed to write a story for Trisha Telep for the Mammoth Book of Time Travel Romance, because I had such fun writing the story for the Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance.

And then we moved, and we lived through Pack-Unpack Purgatory, and Getting The Internet At Our New Location Hell, and, well…

And in the back of my mind, I knew the story was due at some point, but I hadn’t received a contract yet, so I didn’t worry about the deadline. (Professional Writer Rule #1: ALWAYS worry about the deadline.)

Trisha asked me a few days ago if I’d got the contract. I said no. She said she’d send me another one.

So this morning I checked my e-mail, and there was the contract, which I printed out and signed and got ready to send out. And, being a sensible writer, I checked the due date at the same time I checked all the regular clauses. In other words, just a few minutes ago.

And [oxygen in room diminishes by 50%] the due date is June 1, 2009.

Right.

So my first order of business is to invent time travel, so I can write this story in a leisurely fashion.

Barring that, this is where you prove you can do what you say you can do, or you shut up.

I have no idea. I have no words done. And I need to have written a finished 6500-word time-travel romance to email her on Monday.

This should be fun.

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By Holly

Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and indie-publish my new ones.

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Pratip Majumdar
Pratip Majumdar
13 years ago

“Paranormal Romance” if you describe the term briefly I will be helped. I am also going to start my second novel (Bangla) regarding office romance and how a domestic house-wife gradually converted into a full grown office secretary at calcutta in a Govt. Department, this is the subject where office romance, perversion, social negligence and caste system will come side by side.

Laraine
13 years ago

Just as well Holly doesn’t live here, Tonye. It’s Sunday for me!

Tonye
Tonye
13 years ago

Here it is Saturday already. Why isn’t it finished? (kidding, of course! I know you can do it.) Still 24 hours plus to go.)

Leigh
14 years ago

Somehow, I think that not only will you sail through this weekend and hit your deadline, but the seeds for a new mini-course will be planted.

JAMEY CREAGER
JAMEY CREAGER
14 years ago

I KNOW YOU’LL PRODUCE AN EXCEPTIONAL STORY. YOU ALWAYS DO. THAT’S THE REAL TREAT OF BEING A FAN: GETTING A READ ANYTHING NEW THAT YOU PRODUCE. WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR STYLE IS THE WAY THAT YOU PERSONALLY ENGAGE THE CHARACTER. NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN DO IT THE WAY YOU DO. YOU IMMEDIATELY FEEL THE PERSONA OF THE CHARACTER, AND IT’S LIKE YOU ARE LIVING THE STORY AS THE CHARACTER, AND NOT JUST READING A FANTASTIC BOOK. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS DEADLINE. WHO KNOWS, ADRENLINE CAN MAKE US SUPERMEN AND WOMEN; MAYBE ADRENLINE WILL MAKE THIS STORY EVEN BETTER THAN THE USUAL PERFECTION THAT YOU GIVE US.

Sandra Fikes
14 years ago

I have every confidence you’ll get through this frazzled experience, but I’m still going to wish you good luck on getting through this one! Hopefully you’re like me and are able to sit down and “just do it” when you know that the deadline is staring over your shoulder with a stopwatch in hand.

Laraine
14 years ago

I hope you have someone to protect you from interruptions, Holly. I definitely wouldn’t wish my husband on any writer. He threatened to literally drag me from my computer chair one day when visitors unexpectedly turned up and I was in the middle of writing a very harrowing scene in my novel. I wanted readers to feel unbearable anguish for my protagonist but wanted to write without any hint of sentimentality, and I thought it was going quite well so naturally I wanted to keep on writing. I felt as though a bucket of cold water, followed by one of cow dung, had been thrown over me. Best of luck! But I’m sure you’ll keep the deadline and write a “real killer” to boot. 🙂

Kari Wolfe
14 years ago

Holly,

You freaking rock! 🙂 Know what? If you were a greenstick beginner, I might be worried 🙂 You’ll get it done – maybe by the skin of your teeth, but you’ll get it done 🙂

Here’s hoping for a great weekend for you!

I think you can do it and I’ll be looking forward to the mini-lesson. 🙂

–Kari

Elizabeth J. Baldwin
14 years ago

Don’t cha just love it? I got the contract back last week for a book that has been out since February. When the money is going to show up is anyone’s good guess.
I’m looking forward to seeing your story. I know it will be good.

MarFisk
14 years ago

Yeah, I know. On the other hand, one day to write gives you a whole…umm…three to edit? Glad you figured out the idea and it’s on its way. I’m sure it’ll be smashing.

MarFisk
14 years ago

Oh so many years ago, you invented the addicting Story A Day on Forward Motion. Come on…you have Oodles of time :). But seriously, maybe it’s time to jump back into that methodology to get it done.

vanity
vanity
14 years ago

All here I thought I had a bad deadline… Good luck with the story!

Robert Bradley
14 years ago

That seems like a tall order and I understand about the “Pack-Unpack Purgatory.” I’m sure you’ll take care of it. You might crash when it’s over, but it will be done.

Let us know when it through.

Janey Hale
14 years ago

Since it’s “we” moved, I assume you have someone who can transport food to the desk where you are chain to the computer for the next four days — yes?

Jamie D.
14 years ago

Whoa! I’m sure you’ll pull it off…but wow, you’re going to be busy!

Good luck!

Daniel
Daniel
14 years ago

Holly, it boggles my mind that you didnt just say HA! and throw it in the trash. Thats what i would have done. But that is why you are Holly Lisle. You keep your promises. I’ll be thinking of you all weekend.

Good Luck!

althea preston
althea preston
14 years ago

I have no doubt you’ll do this, on time, and with a great story! If I had half your energy and drive…oh, I could conquer the world 😉

Let us know when you email it though!

klharrds
klharrds
14 years ago

I think you were very restrained with merely a Holy Crap there Holly. I came up with something much more colourful when I read this and it’s not even my deadline.

Good luck with this, I’ll have my fingers crossed for you. I think you’re gonna need a weekend free of disasters and distractions. I don’t remember the last time I managed on of those personally but … like I said fingers crossed.

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