ROW80 Check-in #68 The Final Cleaning

The writing challenge that knows you have a life.

I received edits from my publisher. <~~ Do you know how long I’ve been wanting to type that very sentence. 😀 ~~ This past week I’ve gone through the comments and made little tweaks here and there. I did several full read throughs which I have not done on this MS since last December. The distance really helped.

Now that the must haves are taken care of, I can’t seem to let it go and hit send…again. I could sit with it for another week. It’s my baby. I grew so much as I wrote this story. It will never be perfect. I don’t need it to be perfect. Really. Really.

Still, it takes a lot of guts to show your writing to the world and although I’ve done it before, I’ve never done it quite like this. I’m hoping sometime over the next seven days, I’ll find that blend of clean satisfaction and groovy deliciousness I crave in my work. When I find it, I will hit send, again.

I found the perfect inspiration this week from SYTYCD. Amy and Fik-Shun performed a Tyce Diorio routine. Wow. This routine has that effortless perfection that sits right in the pocket.

The Goals – week-4 results

    • Spend at least 1-hour a day with my characters – done.
    • Daily progress in writing craft, word count, editing, and/or plotting – done. My week was full of edits. I made progress everyday. I also added an epilogue. My first goal in this list helped it all come together. Nice.
    • Workout a minimum of three times a week and round it out with plenty of water, sleep, and my calorie limit – done. I got workouts in everyday but one. I did go over my calorie limit a bit on a couple of days. I’m editing. It’s going to happen. lol.
    • Weekly Nia study (i.e. studying the song/movement structure) – kind of done. My three new routines arrived this week. I’ve viewed some of each, but have not danced any of them yet. I can’t wait. They look like so much fun. I did do a practice teaching session this week. 😀 WEEK 5 PRIORITY
    • Stay on top of my co-op preschool Treasurer responsibilities – done. Answered countless emails and phone calls and made several deposits.
    • Organize something in the house each week & clean something in the house every day – not done. WEEK 5 PRIORITY
    • Spend time in the garden – not done. WEEK 5 PRIORITY

What you might have missed here this week:

Spotlight His Passion, Her Temptation by Malia Mallory

Spotlight: Persuasion Skills by Laurel Cremant

Flash Fiction #46 One Last Time

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9 thoughts on “ROW80 Check-in #68 The Final Cleaning

  1. How exciting for you!

    As to turning it in, I know how that feels. My husband used to laugh at me when I was in school because I hated having to turn my papers in. He would say, “Don’t you want to be finished with it?” And I would say, “But what if it’s not perfect yet, and I can make it better? Once it’s turned in, that opportunity is gone!” [Insert hubby chuckling here.]

    Have a great week, SJ! I’ll be back into editing myself.

  2. I like your goal of cleaning something in the house each day – there’s just enough specifics and enough choice in that goal to be do-able (for me)! Do you mind if I borrow that and tape it to my fridge?

    And I’m wishing you all the best with the edits for your publisher – and you’re right, that was a cool sentence. 😀

  3. You are kicking it in the goals! Congrats on getting your edits done – now send that baby in! It’ll never be perfect. We all know that, and you bet it’s hard! It’s really tough when you’re also the cover artist, interior designer, and ebook formatter… I guess how I get around it is I just remind myself that it won’t ever be perfect, and how much less perfect many books from the big publishers are. So go for it – and good luck!

  4. I hope this reaches you AFTER you hit that send button. =)

    I love this update. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it – and did I say I love it!

    Not only did you get to write that sentence, but you’ve dipped your feet back into your dancing, and that is a good thing, too!

    As for cleaning…unschooling lives are not tidy lives. NaNo months….umm, well –

    Let’s just say that we have friends visiting next Monday, and, while they certainly don’t need us to clean house for them, I’m just a bit concerned about where they will sit when they get here!

    I’m hoping that by tending home incrementally through the week, I can make room!

    • I did. I hit send and my lovely editor has already gotten back to me. Now, I’m on my last pass. OMG, maybe I should just pass out now, lol.

      I danced one of my new routines today and it was so lovely. My body was humming with joy. 🙂

      I’m determined to make incremental cleaning a habit again. I haven’t cleaned now since Sunday. I better hop to, lol. Good luck with your week. I hope your guests find a place to sit. 🙂

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