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I am so happy to Welcome Erika Chase back to Escape With Dollycas today!
The Dreaded Deadline
By Erika Chase, author of the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries
I was trying to come up with a blog topic and not doing so well. What was really going on in my head was the fact that the deadline for my new manuscript, Roux the Day, the second in the Dinner Club Mysteries, is due in less than two weeks. And here’s this blog deadline looming, a few days after my Mystery Lover’s Kitchen blog deadline, which was a week after my Killer Characters blog deadline. And then I had the ‘aha’ moment! What’s the constant in my life these days? Deadlines.
A quick aside – the first book in my new series for Berkley, which I’m writing under my real name, Linda Wiken, is titled Toasting Up Trouble and will be out on July 5th! It’s about a dinner club (no surprise there), in Burlington, VT, with food, recipes, and of course, murder.
Now, back to deadlines. This may not be a very exciting topic to you dear reader, but think about it. We all have them, whether it’s a writing deadline, a cooking dinner deadline, a deadline for sending in money for your child’s school outing. Even the ultimate deadline, the dreaded income tax!
What fascinates me is how we all handle them. I admit, I’m kind of reckless, preferring to live life on the deadline edge. I blame it on my training as a journalist – you know, breaking story, short deadline, just do it! I’m afraid this has transferred over to my fiction writing as well. If I have a long deadline, say nine months or a year, I whittle away at the piece until it comes closer to the crunch. And then, I’m bum-to-the-chair, long hours of writing, feeling revved up and full of ideas.
What a way to live! It usually works just fine though, except when life chooses to interfere. An unexpected appointment; a sick friend; a sick pet; or, too many deadlines at the same time.
I’ve tried to re-train myself, setting early artificial deadlines but that’s exactly what they are – artificial and I find it hard to fool myself.
I have several friends who operate in a different style. They make sure they’re finished well in advance of that deadline. And I mean, well in advance. Their lives are structured, well-balanced, and healthy, without being constricted. I’m certain their stress levels are negligible or at least at what is considered acceptable. Health professionals do say a certain amount of stress in our lives is healthy.
I so admire those friends but know I have as much chance of joining their ranks as I do of winning the Nobel Prize for anything.
What I need to do is carry on in my own somewhat self-destructive way, ensure I have other interests to add balance to my life, and some wonderful, understanding friends…even if most of them are more adept at handling deadlines.
What about you? How do you approach those deadlines in your life?
Let me know in the comment section below and your name will be entered in a draw for a copy of any one of my Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries – A Killer Read, Read and Buried, Cover Story, Book Fair and Foul, or Law and Author. If you haven’t yet met the characters in this series, I hope you’ll do so. All of these books did meet the deadlines.
About The Author
The fifth book in the Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries, Law and Author, came out last Sept. A new series, the Dinner Club Mysteries is due in July under her real identity (Linda Wiken). Toasting Up Trouble introduces the Culinary Capers gang. She’s a member of those deadly dames, the Ladies’ Killing Circle. She’s been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel for A Killer Read and for an Arthur Ellis Award for Best Short Story from Crime Writers of Canada. www.erikachase.com
The Ashton Corners Book Club Mysteries has been one of my favorite series. You can read my review of Law and Author here. As you can see I was really looking forward to the next book in this series but Penguin Random House didn’t share my enthusiasm and have cancelled the series. Now I am looking forward to Erika’s new series!