Another Frenetic Weekend


I’m in for another long working weekend.

The non-fiction book I’m writing sucks a$$, but it has to be done. I have a deadline of July 1 and that ain’t happening. I just don’t see how it can.

But last weekend we managed to kill off about 40 pages of the darned thing, and I have about 120 to go. That translates into about six chapters if I keep to what the publisher ideally wants to see. Also, there are about 20 built-in pages of required material (which is part of what I may knock out this weekend to get it off my chest), so that really only (ha!) leaves about 100 pages, or five chapters. Now, that really doesn’t sound that hard and if you were sitting in the same seat I am you’d understand why, but a couple of things occur to me:

Like most other things, I’m pretty sure it’s harder than it seems. That’s the first hurdle.

Second, I don’t know if I can salvage another 100 pages out of this material. There really isn’t all that much to cover. It’s not that complicated, seriously.

But I’ll give it the old college try and see what I can come up with. I’m half-tempted to eke out something like 20 or 30 pages having the book build on lessons already learned, sort of a “now you know it so try it” kind of thing. I’d call that chapter “Putting it all together” and then start banging away. But I have at least two more chapters to rework into this book’s format before I can do that.

Well, it doesn’t really matter because I doubt I can crank out that many pages in a week anyway.

My biggest concern here is besmirching my reputation. This is going to be the second time I missed the publisher’s deadline (which is set sometime AFTER I tell them when I can ACTUALLY have the book done and is NEVER after that time), and I’ve had to complain to get paid every single time they have to cough up money. Good little tech authors I guess just sit quietly and wait for their money to arrive, but I bet they’re not jacked around like I’ve been either. Or if they are they just sort of suck it up and deal with it. (Had I done that, we’d be homeless right now.)

We’ll see, but I don’t expect to be able to blog at ALL next week. (I shouldn’t be blogging now, it’s a no-no.)

What are your weekend plans? Have any?

-JDT-

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6 thoughts on “Another Frenetic Weekend

  1. Hey, at least you have a publishing deal. Many of us are still searching! Best of luck writing, and thanks for sharing your experiences.

    -GD
    Visit my writing blog at http://shelleddreams.wordpress.com/

    GD, thanks for stopping by today. I checked out your blog, and I have to say you have an interesting perspective. I, myself, may have indeed taken for granted the gift writing for money can be. There is, however, also something to be said for being treated fairly when writing. You may not be aware of how poorly this publisher has treated me with regard to payments, including going so far as to publish my work without paying for it first. That’s against the law, in the event you’re not aware. Still, good luck if you insist on being published through the gatekeeper system, but I would recommend you seriously examine the other options available before dismissing them and deciding there’s only one real way.

  2. I have missed some deadlines on my reports, and I always seemed to come up with a reason (my dog ate my homework, etc.) It never feels good but at the end, the Whew is indeed satisfying. I also have had to push for payment. I can’t stand hurry-up-and-wait clients!

    I can’t stand being jerked around by the publisher, that’s for sure! They want me to honor their contracts when they don’t do so themselves? I cry BS!

    Remember Jack Nicholson in The Shining? All work and no play make Jack a dull boy. So go play this weekend! As for my plans, I’m about to tackle another new recipe. I hope I don’t procrastinate πŸ™‚

    You can do it! πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend, Berna!

  3. I sincerely hope you get this non-fiction book over with so you have more free time (so I can pester you more :3). And I highly doubt your reputation will be affected. At least, I hope it isn’t! I bet most authors have the same deadline issues, especially if said deadlines are so unrealistic.

    Well, I don’t know. I think most of them are just grateful for the paying gig and find a way to do it. They start writing well before the contracts are approved or before they hear from the publisher that it’s okay to go, too. So they get a good jump on it. Me? I like things nice and solidified before I start anything, and that means telling me definitively I have the green light. Which always puts me behind. And I’d probably be finished if I’d just WRITTEN THE DANGED THING FROM SCRATCH instead of re-working my other book on the same topic! AARRGH!

    But you’re always free to “pester” me if you have questions, darlin’. I’m here for ya.

    As for my own plans, I’m a boring person. I might go to Borders. Is it sad that that’ll be the highlight of my weekend? Well, I lie. We might go see Super 8.

    Super 8 sounds like fun. I like alien movies though. And I’m boring too. Big time. I like things boring. Boring is stable. I don’t want to get to a place where I don’t know what’s coming. Although spontaneity has its merits, too. But you’d best hurry to Border’s — they’re going the way of the dodo soon.

  4. Do what we all did in high school – double-space it! That’ll bring up the page count. πŸ˜‰

    I’m going out for dinner with a friend tonight, and then we’re going to see The Tree of Life. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about a plotless feature, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough.

    Sounds interesting. I couldn’t even get interested in the trailer for Tree of Life when I saw it. Maybe the movie will be better.

  5. All the best…you can do it ! πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Damyanti, I’ll give it my best effort. πŸ™‚ Seriously, had I made this sort of progress all along, I’d be finished now. RRRRR.

  6. I’m behind, but I know you met your deadline and the finished product was awesome!

    Nope, not yet. I’m working my behind off this weekend to catch up. πŸ™‚

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