The Beginning

The Beginning

Last October the ALS Ice Bucket challenge inspired me to challenge my critique partners – DK (Kay) Saunders, Lorinda (Ann) Peake and Dawn Temple – to publish a novel by February 14th or get an ice bucket bath. And then some perverse side of my nature took over, and I took it one step further – Ice Bucket Bikini Bath.

“Bikini?!?” they exclaimed.

“Why do you care? If you plan to win, it won’t matter.”

Yep, I said that. And now, here I am.

IceBucketBikiniBath is looking like a very real possibility. And instead of working on my writing, I’m doing some productive procrastination by writing this blog. Last October, I felt pretty damn certain I could easily make this deadline.

Then life happened. Is there anything I can write here that isn’t an excuse? “My computer died.” “My new computer was infected with a malicious malware that compromised my financial security.” “My husband had surgery.” “My grandson’s regular babysitter (his other grandmother) had the flu.” “It’s a GiGi weekend.” “It’s raining.” “It’s cold.” “The dog ate a stick – but that’s a story for another day.”

Are you feeling it yet? Any inclination at all to let me have an extension on the deadline?

No? Yeah, that’s what I thought you would say. So, now I’m pretty much hoping for a miracle. And the only way that miracle is gonna happen is if I shut-up and get to work on the real writing. Although your comments and good wishes might help keep me motivated – a prayer or two couldn’t hurt either!

Terri Rich

Terri Richison (writing as Terri Rich) lives in Clear Lake City, TX with her husband and a giant Great Dane (giant even by Great Dane standards). She is working on self-publishing women’s fiction and avoiding getting a pie in the face if she doesn’t produce pages for every critique session! PIES OR PAGES! Terri started telling stories almost as soon as she could talk – she learned everything she needed to know about storytelling at her grandmother’s knee. Craft however, is something she is still learning – those damn commas give me nightmares!

5 thoughts on “The Beginning

  1. No, Terri, I’m not feelin’ it yet. But hang in there! I’m rootin’ for ya! 🙂

    Seriously, though, it makes me wonder about what we can do for a “backup plan” whenever our technology fails us. I use Scrivener, but what happens if I can’t get to Scrivener for a writing session? Or if it were to fail? What would I do then? Good thing to ponder, I think.

  2. Yeah, Terri. I feeling pretty *&!@#$* grumbly right about now. Night after night, up past midnight editing, editing, editing. Getting up at 5 freaking 30, going to work, then starting all over again, all because of this *&!@#$* Write or Consequence bullshit! Girl you just wait until I see you next! A knuckle sandwich, come right up. Yep, think I’ll feel a hell of lot better then, ice bath or no.

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