I’m celebrating. I’ve just given myself one of the best Christmas presents ever, and the best thing is that it didn’t cost a penny!
You know how people talk about personal bests when referring to some work out or exercise related competition? They ran an 8K or ran a mile or, heck, even an entire marathon faster than they’ve ever run one before? Well, I had a personal best in writing yesterday.
Let me back up, though, for a sec.
I ran into some tough deadlines with my next 3 books coming out in 2011. They’ve increased the word count for Superromance, in case you haven’t heard, back up to 70-75,000 words for 2011. It’s a good thing for the line over all, I think, but I have three Supers coming out next year. That adds up to 30,000 of unexpected words I need to write, and I write very slowly. Normally, only about 1,000 to 1,500 words per day.
Anyhoo … I’m scrambling to meet the deadline for that third book for 2011. I’ve basically shut off my main office computer and have been writing on my laptop out in my four-season porch. Now, I’ll admit, I’m in the honeymoon stage for this book. Beginnings are always the easiest. But I wrote more pages – good, publishable pages – yesterday than I’ve ever written since I started writing more than 20 years ago.
3,877 words! 18, count ‘em, 18 pages!
The best part is that this is on top of having written 18,500 words the previous nine days. I’m a third the way through my new book and I just started it last Monday. The bad news—yes, there’s always bad news – is that I only have to keep this up for 5 more weeks and then I’ll be right as rain.
All the other Riders are chuckling at me, this babe in the woods, because they’ve all been there done that. And then some. But you have to celebrate every milestone in this career. This is a big one for me.
We all have had milestones throughout our lives that we need to celebrate and I want to celebrate with you, not at you. So what personal best are you excited about?
Why do I have pics of Kyle Chandler, the coach from Friday Night Lights, plastered all across this post? I’m so glad you asked.
Well, for one, he’s just darned cute. For two, he’s my new hero. I look at his face and the words flow off my little pinkies. Thank you, Kyle.
Happy Holidays to all our readers!
Love you guys,