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 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!