The Catch-Up Phase of Deadline He**

panting bunny

I feel ya, buddy.

We talk about deadlines here a lot. Mostly because we’re always on deadline. 🙂

But what happens when we’re NOT?

I was supposed to turn in revisions on book 2 on June 15 (done, yay! just days after final galleys on book 1), upon which date I’d receive book 3 for first pass revisions. I was due to turn those in on July 15, upon which date I’d receive book 4 for first pass revisions, due August 15. Various things have adjusted that schedule, so I’m on hold. I should get first pass revisions for book 3 any day now. Line edits for book 2 will probably arrive on the same day. Let’s just hope they’re actually, you know, line edits, and not the massive changes requested for book 1 a few months ago. Along the way will be copyediting, galley proofing, and all that jazz, for three books due for back-to-back-to-back release. Exciting!

In the meantime, I’m in a lull.

Here’s what I intended to do when I found out I had a break:

1. Submit my New Adult proposal and full manuscript to my publisher

2. Write up ideas for revisions for my next romantic adventure book and submit to my publisher.

3. Mind map and do other planning for Harte and Soul to try to get a handle on the story and start writing it.

Here’s what I *actually* did:

1. Got sick.

Cyndi’s deathbed looked so appealing I decided to try it myself. My own deathbed, not Cyndi’s. It’s so cliché, the author driven to meet a deadline who falls into deathly sickness immediately after, but I did it. I was nursing a mild cold, but the day after I turned in my revisions, I developed a deep, wracking cough. It’s better, but you know how these things linger. And it made me so friggin’ tired!

2. Laid Around

See #1. Plus, there’s always post-deadline burnout. I slept a lot, read a lot, and watched a lot of Supernatural.

3. Ordered Stuff

I got new sandals (The Sanuk Sling, made from yoga mats!), a shredder, graduation pictures, and Father’s Day gifts. I ordered an adapter so I can add a second monitor to my computer. Then I ordered the opposite gender adapter so I can actually connect said monitor. I ordered the WIP Notebook by Jeannie Reusch (and entered the book’s title!) and a sketch pad for mind-mapping (which I opened!). I did not, of course, actually use those tools.

4. Played Facebook Games

I usually have nothing to do with these. I really resent the way they hold you hostage and try to get you to spend money or use your friends. But I tried Candy Crush to see what all the fuss was about, and when you do that on Facebook, when you run out of lives it says “Go play Whatever Pear and Farm Something and when you come back we’ll give you more lives!” Hours later…

Once I stopped being sick and burned out, I did get a nice amount of admin work done. Promotional stuff, brainstorming for the title of book 2, registration for Fiction Fest in September, paperwork for Number One for Emerson, filing, etc.

And oh, look! My editor just sent me my next set of revisions! (Not really, but that would have been a nice wrap-up to this post, wouldn’t it?)

So what do YOU do when you’re done with a big, demanding project? What kinds of small things are hanging around for you to get caught up on, and what’s your reward/cure for burnout?