Friday, February 15, 2008

Aaaaah, procrastination, once again you are my friend

I am the queen of procrastination. There is something about me that is fundamentally opposed to doing things early. I pay my bills at the last minute, I put off assignments. I even thought of doing this blog entry three days ago and am just now getting to it.

I know a lot of people say this, but it's really true for me. When I was in college the first time, I had to write an essay every week for English 1A, a night class. I'd get home from work around 4:00, write my essay (having decided what to write about on the way home), print it out, and get to school approximately on time. No proofreading, no rewrites. My scores? Regularly in the 90's. My teacher was flabbergasted when he asked me (in front of the class) how I wrote my essays and I told him.

Now, when I get an idea or an assignment to write an article, I can't just sit down and write...even when the research is done. I have to let it stew for a while. I'll try--I'll sit here, fingers on keys, trying to decide how to start, but nothing comes. Eventually, I'll just decide that it's time and out it all comes. I guess my subconscious is working away at it while I'm worrying about other things!

It's happened again. I had two articles to write for Horseman's News. I did the research, but then I put them off and put them off while the info swam around in my head, stewing. The buzzer went off about a week ago, and I sat down to write. I actually was done a day or two early, with the exception of some last-minute info I wasn't able to get until today. I was feeling a little stressed, with these due, an article I want to write about Equine Affaire, The Mommy's Survival Guide, a book I'm beta reading and another I'm editing, and, of course, Budget Horsekeeping.

It's a great relief to have these two things off my plate, although there will be more to replace them. The Mommy's Guide is in Beth's hands until she has time to give me feedback and more material, so all I really have to do right now is finish Budget Horsekeeping (by March 1st...that deadline once seemed so far away) and write the piece on Equine Affaire. Oh, also need to start thinking about some promotional articles for the efforts to raise prize money for Arabian Sporthorse Nationals! It's a very exciting, never-ending cycle!

I'm on vacation this week and will dedicate my time to writing projects, setting up future writing projects, and playing with horsies. Yay!

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