A Short Break to Focus on Writing and Gardening

Every once in a while, I have a time crunch in my life, where it becomes necessary for me to pare things down to basics. Right now is such a time.

I am working on the appropriately titled Out of Time, the third book in my Great Library series. For Out of Time to be published in 2020, the first draft must be finished in 2019. After the first draft, there is still a lot to do—editing, revising, and more editing. When the book is written, the work is far from over, and I have to allow for that when I plan the publishing schedule.

Anyway, we are nearly halfway through the year, which means that if I’m going to stay on track, I need to be halfway done writing my book by the beginning of June. With 39,500 words written, I’m nearly there.

But—isn’t there always a but?—it is also gardening season. Because I live in Maine, there isn’t a big window of opportunity for spring chores. Spring comes to this northern state at a mad gallop, and I only have the month of May to get things done.

Therefore, until June, I’m going to take a break from writing for this blog so that I can concentrate on my book and on my gardens. I’ll continue to read other blogs and comment when I can. Sometimes, I might only be able to “like” a piece.

I’m sorry to have to pare down like this, but it is necessary.

SeeΒ  you in June!


45 thoughts on “A Short Break to Focus on Writing and Gardening”

  1. I know that feeling! I too am e-mail fluttering both things and time, and like you racing to get the garden growing. Have a good break and I will look forward to reading more posts when you get back.

      1. here too! But probably a bit less crunchy than with you. Enjoy your garden.

  2. Spring is a busy time in the garden, for sure. Add writing to the mix and you have a lot to do. May your work be wildly productive!

  3. Be sure to take good care of yourself while in this rush time. See you in a bit.

  4. Wishing you a happy, productive break. I’m glad that Spring has finally arrived, even though it means we’ll have to miss you for a while.

  5. I hope the extra time does you good. We will miss you, but look forward to the next book–and you can’t let the garden go!!

    1. Sure is! Mostly I can manage, but every once in awhile there is a crunch, and I have to pare back. But I am getting closer and closer to my goal.

  6. Thanks for letting us know you’ll be busily writing and happily gardening. That you’ve written so many words for a THIRD! book leaves me breathless. Enjoy. See you soon. Have fun. Breath. xo

  7. Oh, my, I better get reading! A box from Amazon with a Lost Library should arrive next week… I still have about half of the agonizing book on Russian politics since 2000 to read. And then there is the garden. We have walk-ways and trellises staged to repair and paint today. Then we picked up tomatoes (40) peppers (26) and other things to plant. Best put on some sunscreen and garden hat! What’s that lyric from The Fantistics? “Plant a radish, get a radish”… – Oscar

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