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Passed A Deadline

So, I made a schedule for myself for my Detective Florence series up until the end of May of next year. My first deadline was yesterday and guess what? I missed it.

School has officially ended so I don’t have that commitment anymore (yay!) and work is winding down with the holidays approaching. I have the rest of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week and then it’s winter break. However, they’re still full days so it’s still six hours I’m missing from each day.

Speaking of the holidays, Christmas is right around the corner. I finished all my shopping and wrapping, but there’s still so much to do; clean the house, help with baking, prepare for upcoming Christmas parties, etc.

This past weekend alone I was barely home. I had work Friday morning and then a Christmas party that night. Kris and I went out Saturday morning to Barnes & Noble (so I got a little writing done then) and then we went shopping. Then we had company over the house that night. Sunday we had church in the morning and then went to my uncle’s house to celebrate his birthday. It was a busy weekend that flew by and before I knew it I had to wake up early for work again.

Yesterday I was supposed to have the second draft of Detective Florence typed up and ready to be printed for another hand-edit. I haven’t been writing the ten pages a day like I was supposed to. I have 30 pages left to go.

I plan on finishing it today. However, I won’t be able to start hand-editing the first draft of Detective Florence 2 today. So that will put me a day behind, but I’m hoping I can catch up with that tomorrow after work since I don’t have anything else going on.

In other news, I’ve been continually planning and preparing things for my blog for the new year. I’ve been writing certain posts that will be weekly or monthly. There are a few posts that will be written in advance, but most posts will be written as my day got on and I start rambling to you guys as usual. However, I need the planned posts in order to keep up a good pace with my blog and also because I have no idea what next year is going to bring. Between school, work, babysitting, and everything else under the sun, writing the posts in advance is a good choice at the moment.

So, after work I need to type up those last 30 pages of Detective Florence. Then tomorrow I’ll start on my next deadline. More on that tomorrow as well as an update of the second draft of Detective Florence and how well/not well it’s been going.

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

7 thoughts on “Passed A Deadline

  1. writing them in advance is such a good way to go. Before I had my baby I would just plonk myself Infront of my comp and do it as I pleased I find these days I have less and less of that and need to write them in advance. Sigh, oh to have the freedom to write all day every day! Sometimes the pressure of not having much time actually works better for me though and im more productive!

    What are you studying at school? Or are you a teacher?

    1. Yeah, I know what you mean. I try to update as I go, but I want my blog to be more active and I think this is the way to do it. There are some days when I’ll be able to make a “personal” post, but I have to make do with what I have.

      I’m studying English with a concentration of Creative Writing for my bachelor’s degree. I’m almost done with it, too! I am also a special education preschool teacher. 🙂

  2. There’s just so much to do, isn’t there? I’m sorry you missed your deadline, but hopefully with winter break just around the corner you’ll be able to catch up a little bit!

    And it’s a great idea to schedule posts in advance. For my personal blog you know I tend to just write them on the day they’re posted, but for YA Asylum I try to write posts at the beginning of the week – it’s a lot easier and I don’t have to worry about finding time to put them up in between everything else. Good luck with it! 🙂

    1. It’s not the first deadline I’ve missed. 😉 I should be able to play catch in no time.

      I have a few posts already written and scheduled to go up, so I think it will make everything easier for me later on.

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