. . . can I pull it off?

On August 9th, I’m taking a trip to Dallas.

My current pace of work puts me neck-deep in the Giant ‘Splody that is the end of the book right around the time I’m supposed to be out of town. While this is what I have a laptop for, those are not the ideal conditions under which to be finishing a novel.

Nor is it ideal to take a lengthy break from writing said novel while in the middle of the Giant ‘Splody.

To this awkwardness, I can see only one solution:

Finish the book before I go.

. . . which I think I can do. Maybe. It will mean I’m even more head-munched over the next two weeks than I would be otherwise, but the bright side is, I could then relax while in Dallas, take a break, and come back refreshed to polish it up and get it to my editor. These are Good Things. But they are Good Things that would require me to work at something like pace-and-a-half to double-pace from now through August 8th.

I think I can do it. Maybe.

I’m going to give it a shot. (Yoda, get out of my head.) I know almost everything that lies between me and the end of the book, which is the usual metric for whether or not I can safely speed up. This should be feasible, right?

If you don’t hear from me again, please come find my headless corpse in my office and give it proper burial.

0 Responses to “. . . can I pull it off?”

  1. eclectician

    Which body of water should we set the burning ship on?

    • Marie Brennan

      Where the Kattegat meets the Skagerrak.

      Just for the sake of a family joke.

        • Marie Brennan

          The currents where those two meet are fairly treacherous. My mother was convinced this meant there was some spectacular wave-crashing turbulence that sent water flying through the air, and dragged, erm, either her friend or my father, I don’t recall which, all the way out there on a trip just to see it.

          It just looks like water, nothing special.

          The Thames would also be fitting, I suppose.

  2. d_c_m

    Well my thoughts are that this book is moving you to write it so uh maybe you should blame the book for the this crunch time. Perhaps it is your characters bringing about revenge upon you for their fates. Perhaps the Queen is fiddling with your mind. Perhaps I am totally full of it. But I still think it is a fun thought.

    I’ll be hopin’ for ya’!! I wanna read the final copy, ya’ know. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. mrissa

    Oh, lady. Good luck.

    My new mantra:

    I can stop being Bryn’s psychic book twin now.
    I can stop being Bryn’s psychic book twin now.
    I don’t need to give it a shot alongside her just because we’ve been psychic book twins up to this point.
    I can stop being Bryn’s psychic book twin now.

    [repeat morning and evening]

    • Marie Brennan

      Awwww . . . but company would be fun!

      My new mantra:

      I shouldn’t tempt Mris to continue being my psychic book twin.
      I shouldn’t tempt Mris to continue being my psychic book twin.
      It isn’t fair of me to ask somebody else to offer her head on a platter to her book.
      I shouldn’t tempt Mris to continue being my psychic book twin.

      [repeat morning and evening]

  4. unforth

    Oh my…..that’s a bit ambitious…best of luck!!!!

  5. calico_reaction

    Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be rooting for you!

  6. lowellboyslash

    *claps hands*

    I do believe in novels!
    I do believe in novels!

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