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Five Down, Four to Go

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With one click of a button, Ransome’s Crossing has officially been turned in.

So what’s next? A vacation? A nice long break through the holidays?

Not hardly! Now I must immediately turn my attention to starting the first book of my new contemporary series, Love Remains.

There is something to be said about back-to-back deadlines like this. I know that when I am forced (by my own procrastination) to write at least 3,000 if not 5–6,000 words a day to meet a looming deadline, even though it’s exhausting, the words flow better and I’m always thinking of ideas for both that story as well as others (I’ve had my spiral notebook beside me for the past several days, writing down ideas for the Matchmakers series as they would strike while I was marathoning to get RC finished). And while it would be nice to be able to take a break and not have to worry about anything except for the two freelance projects I have scheduled for December, it isn’t going to work that way. My plan is to try to average a chapter a day so that I can get as much done before Christmas as I can, and then have more time in January to finish it up and do the revisions/edits I know I’ll want to do. (Or at least read all the way through it, which I didn’t really get to do with RC.)

So the Five Down are:
Stand-In Groom (turned in April 1, 2008)
Menu for Romance (turned in December 1, 2008)
Ransome’s Honor (turned in February 1, 2009)
A Case for Love (turned in July 1, 2009)
Ransome’s Crossing (turned in December 1, 2009)

The Four to Go are:
Love Remains (due February 1, 2010)
Ransome’s Quest (due July 1, 2010—or maybe it’s August 1, but I’m shooting for July)
The Art of Romance (due October 15, 2010)
Turnabout’s Fair Play (due April 1, 2011 ??? I think—I need to look that up!)

Not only does it feel good to have my book finished and turned in, it feels good to look at that list and see how many I’ve written (three just within the past eighteen months!) and then to look at the list of the ones yet to be written and not panic, knowing that not only can I write that many books, I can get them written in the allotted time.

Do you ever do that? When you start feeling overwhelmed by something, stop and make a list of what’s already been accomplished to show yourself that you’ve already done more than what’s left to finish for encouragement to keep on plugging away?

  1. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 6:06 pm

    Congrats on turning in your second Ransome book!!! I really enjoyed the first one and am looking forward to the next!

    Sometimes at the end of a day where I feel I accomplished nothing, I will make a list (usually just in my head) of what I did that day, even if it’s just something small like “answered three emails” or “ordered nephew’s b-day present.” Amazing how productive I feel as my list gets longer.

    But I agree, three books in 18 months is something to brag about:) Way to go!


  2. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 7:39 pm

    Yaaay! Can’t wait to read them! I ALWAYS make lists of what I did, otherwise I end up beating my head against a wall. Learned it from my mom (the listmaking, not the banging head on the wall). 😉


  3. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 8:05 pm

    O la la! So excited for the new series! Best wishes!!! 🙂

    xoxo~ Renee


  4. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 9:55 pm

    Wow, Kaye! You are doing great! I can’t believe how many projects you have going. In only a few year’s time you’ll have 9 books published. That is amazing.
    You go, girl!!!!


  5. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 9:59 pm

    I am a HUGE list maker, especially when I’m royally overwhelmed. Mostly because it’s nice and motivating to check things off my list:-)

    Congrats on all you’ve accomplished!!!


  6. Wednesday, December 2, 2009 7:59 am

    I’m one of those people who actually make lists AFTER the fact, just so I can check things off . . . But how exciting that Ransome’s Crossing is turned in!!! I loved the first one, and groaned when it truly hit me that I’d have to wait until next summer to read the next part!


  7. Wednesday, December 2, 2009 12:35 pm

    I’m looking forward to the day I can make a list like that!


  8. Ronie permalink
    Wednesday, December 2, 2009 3:24 pm

    Tahmoh Penikett – YUM!


    • Wednesday, December 2, 2009 3:54 pm

      Yep–I get to spend the next two months “with” him. 😉


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