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Deadline Blindness

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(formerly called Seven Things That Don’t Get Done When I’m on Deadline)

I originally wrote this post in 2008 and thought I’d give it an update. Deadline blindness is not a malady all authors face, lucky sods, but I certainly do. Here are the things I don’t do or see when I’m on a deadline.

1)      Laundry. I just fill another basket.

2)      Letters/Emails. Haven’t heard from me? Don’t worry you’re not alone.

3)      Social Networking. Facebook? I have a Facebook page?

4)      Reading. I love books and I have a stack waiting for me, but I can’t get to them yet.

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Worry Revisited


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In celebration of Shel Silverstein’s newest release Every Thing On It I thought I’d take out and dust off this poem I wrote back in 2006. It was inspired by Silverstein’s Whatif poem. I wrote it early in my career and made some tweaks to update it a bit, but overall not much has changed.

I called it Worry because that’s something that writers do well.


Worry: A Writer’s Whatif

Before I sit down at my desk

My heart starts racing in my chest

Some whatifs begin to dance in my ears

And their questions reveal all my fears:

Whatif I can’t finish my next book?

Whatif no reader will give it a look?

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I didn’t want to have to do this, but I have no choice. I’m turning off the ‘comments’ feature. Unfortunately, I’m being slammed by spam comments. They’re clogging up my inbox and I have better things to do with my time than review and delete a bunch of  ‘cyber junk.’

Hopefully in the future I’ll get it under control but for now you can reach me through email or post on Facebook.

Now back to the regularly scheduled program.