Thursday, November 17, 2011

Deadlines

So, I have this thing that I'm working on. There's this journal that wants to publish this thing. And they've been working with me--giving me feedback and telling me what to expand or trim. I was supposed to send them my updated version of this thing last Wednesday. I didn't. I sent it to them yesterday, but didn't even work on all the stuff they wanted.

I realized that this is the first time I've ever really worked with a publisher type person on a manuscript. I mean, there was that one time, but mostly that was me saying I wanted some changes and I didn't like a couple of the edits and then it was done. This time I keep looking at my manuscript and thinking it has such a long way to go and it should never be published (and maybe it wont because maybe the journal will have a mind change) because there's so much in there that just doesn't do what I want it to do.

It's cool to have deadlines though. I mean, ones that other people are holding me to. Its easy for me to be flexible for myself and to wave off those times when I don't make the cut with one of my goals. I'm harder on myself when I miss a deadline that someone else expects me to meet. Why is that? Shouldn't I be more important?

I think I have at least a partial reason. I'm with myself all the time. I know how busy things are and how often I change my mind about what I value or what's important. I'm okay with shifting around my goals and accommodating myself.

I guess, when it comes to publishing, it's a good thing other people have deadlines for me to meet (or be late on) because otherwise I might never get anything done with all this mind changing and value re-aranging.

Anyway, I'll let you know if I make the cut and get this thing published (but don't get too excited).


Write on!

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