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Mentor Monday: Deadlines

           



As I revise CLOSE TO HOME with Claudia's help,
I'm grateful for her insights and  encouragement,
But I've realized something else this mentor program gives me:
deadlines.

I've mentioned my aversion to adding new scenes.
My natural inclination in these situations is to
delay,
dawdle,
and defer.

I can be a world-class procrastinator.

But procrastination isn't a great game plan for the mentor program.
I'm now accountable to Claudia Mills.
I'm not saying Claudia gives off this vibe:

                                                          © 2010 Tracy Abell

However, I did make an agreement with her to turn in a certain number
of chapters by this Wednesday.
And I don't want to disappoint her.
Or ruffle her feathers.

She's kind
but she's also determined.

It's best to honor our agreement.

                                                      © 2010 Tracy Abell

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tracyworld
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Keep that laughter on the down-low. Yikes.

I'm sending you good vibes on your new scene. Seamless, seamless, seamless.....
robinellen
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
What a gorgeous bird -- hawk, right? Oh, and many scene-adding vibes coming your way :)

Edited at 2010-02-22 05:02 pm (UTC)
tracyworld
Feb. 22nd, 2010 02:36 pm (UTC)
Isn't he beautiful? He (she?) was out there on Sat morning, too, but got away before I had my camera ready. It's a red-tailed hawk and we were cracking up because all the finches and sparrows were hanging out below. Guess they thought he was too big to dive-bomb them in the bushes.

Thank you for the good thoughts on the new scene!
boreal_owl
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Your talons are showing... ;-)

Yes, it's a scary prospect sometimes. More for figuring out how to fit in the new scenes than for the actual writing. Good luck!
tracyworld
Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
If I had talons like that, I'd show them all the time!

Thanks for the good wishes, Barb. I made headway today and feel good about what I've got so far.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 22nd, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
you are so funny
I love love love this new self-image! - Claudia
tracyworld
Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Re: you are so funny
This red-tailed hawk with its talons is like the anti-Claudia, which is why I knew it was okay to risk your wrath.
lorrainemt
Feb. 22nd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, I sure could use a hawk...er, mentor. ;)

But I know you can do it, Tracy!
tracyworld
Feb. 23rd, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
They really are helpful. Both of them.

Please keep sending those little-engine-that-could thoughts my way!
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