Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Destructive Power of Procrastination

with guest Terri Weldon.

Good morning and Merry Christmas Seekerville! Before we get started I’d like to thank Tina for allowing me to guest blog today. When she asked me about a topic, the destructive power of procrastination popped into my mind and I know why. It’s time for a true confession – I’m a habitual procrastinator. I’ve battled the problem for years. 

Webster’s Dictionary defines procrastinate as “to put off intentionally and habitually.” 

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. I could end the post here. Then ask all the procrastinators to think how putting things off affects your life. But if you’re anything like me you’d probably pull a Scarlett and say you’ll think about it another day. That would get us nowhere. 

Procrastination has had a detrimental effect on my writing life. I long to do things in a timely manner, yet it never seems to happen. So what are the negative or destructive powers of procrastination?

1. Missed Contest Opportunities. I’ve seen announcements for some great contests. Final round judges would be agents and editors I’d love to read my manuscript. Then I’d look at the deadline for entering. A month away, plenty of time to get my submission ready. So I’d close the email (big mistake) and forget all about it. It’s hard to land the perfect agent or editor when they never have an opportunity to read your work. My new plan of action when I see a contest I want to enter is going to be different. I’ll stop right then, prepare my entry, and send it off. Wow! I can’t even imagine what that will feel like. 

2. Slow Rolling Revisions. I did a little research on procrastination. It’s more than a time management issue. People tend to delay when they feel fear, dread, or are anxious about something that is important to them.

 Can anyone say revisions? If an editor asks you to revise a manuscript, deep inside you hope they’ll buy your book. There’s also fear of rejection. Fear could be the systemic issue stopping you from jumping on those revisions. After all, I think the editor expects to receive the revisions in a timely manner. My personal fear is the editor will turn me down for being tardy with my revisions. Whereas they’d ask a writer with a faster turnaround time to make additional revisions. Any opinions? I’d love your thoughts or experience with this? 

3. Lost Submission Opportunities. Pelican Book Group has an open call for Christmas stories every year. Submissions are due by the end of May. Knowing the date should leave plenty of time throughout the year to write a Christmas novella. Yet as a habitual procrastinator I’m never ready. When you see a publishing opportunity such as a contest Love Inspired is running, do you have a polished manuscript ready to submit? Having a manuscript that's ready to submit is a must in this business. Anything less can cost you a chance to be published by your dream publisher. 

So far it seems like I’ve painted a pretty dismal picture. I apologize for that. Like so many weaknesses, procrastination is a lifelong battle. It can be overcome. Forgive yourself for being a procrastinator. Throw out the past and start with a clean slate. 



Ignore your feelings and get started writing. Focus on the action you need to take. Progress will make you feel better. 

This year I made a commitment to indie publish a Christmas novella. And I did! I didn’t have a clue how to indie publish anything. Fortunately, I have two friends who’ve had success indie publishing. I also had the unfailing support of my sister. So I focused on revising an existing novella. Once my revisions were complete, I had the manuscript edited and proofread. Then I asked another friend for recommendations on who to hire to create my cover. Thankfully my very talented friend volunteered. Didn’t she do an awesome job? I just hope my story is half as good as her cover! And on December 1, 2016, my novella, The Christmas Bride Wore Boots, went live. 

Did I do everything perfect? No, but I learned a ton. Most importantly, I met my self-imposed deadline. Let me tell you, that felt great. It renewed my confidence in my ability to write another book. I even decided to make this a three book novella series – The Berryhill Brides. Now I’m eager to write those novellas. 

Just remember the destructive power of procrastination can be overcome. 

You have it within you to break the cycle. For me, the key is in recognizing what drives my procrastination. Don’t let feelings of inadequacy stop you. I’m sure I’ll fail from time to time. That’s okay. I’ll choose to forgive myself, because then I’ll actually move forward instead of focusing on my mistake. Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, “If your job is to eat a frog, eat it first thing in the morning, and if your job is to eat two frogs, eat the big one first.”



Are you a procrastinator? If so, what helps you overcome the problem? If you aren’t a procrastinator, I hope you’ll share a few tips for meeting deadlines.


 I’m giving away three eBook copies of The Christmas Bride Wore Boots. Leave a comment and I’ll throw your name in the doggie dish. Winners announced in the Weekend Edition.

Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys traveling, gardening, reading and shopping for shoes. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in the Heartland of the United States. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and RWA. Her novella, The Christmas Bride Wore Boots, released in December 2016.


Readers can connect with Terri: Website: www.TerriWeldon.com or Blog: Seriously Write.


Pastor Jacob Thompson is in need of a director for the living nativity program and veterinarian Molly Kincaid offers to take on the job. The task involves far more than Molly bargained for, nonetheless she’d do anything to help out the man she secretly loves – even sew costumes or cast eight-year-old Wesley Simpson as an angel.

Jacob’s daughter Emma longs to have a mommy of her own, but the widowed pastor has vowed to never remarry, and isn’t ready to open his heart to love again. Molly dreams of filling the void in both their lives, but fears she lacks the necessary qualities to be a pastor’s wife. 


As Molly and Jacob work together on the living nativity, their feelings for one another grow. Will Molly realize she is just what Jacob and Emma need in their lives? Can Jacob be released from his grief stricken promise? Could this unlikely duo prove to be a match made in heaven?

Amazon: The Christmas Bride Wore Boots

Kobo:  The Christmas Bride Wore Boots


128 comments :

  1. Terri! What fun to see you on the other side of the podium! WELCOME! Congratulations on your holiday release. Gorgeous cover too.

    We need cranberry scones with white chocolate to match your book. Hot chocolate with fat home-made marshmallows too! YUM!

    How's the weather in Oklahoma??

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    1. Today the weather in Oklahoma was 50 and sunny! Last weekend we had 5 degrees. One think about Oklahoma, the weather changes frequently.

      Thanks for letting me visit this side of the podium.

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    2. LOL on Oklahoma weather! Five years of wild extremes was plenty for me!

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  2. Congratulations Terri! Way to go on meeting your goal and what a beautiful cover!

    Procrastination is a momentum issue for me. If I let myself "take a day off" from writing, then it becomes two. Then three. Then a week. And suddenly I haven't written anything in a month and I've got that negative momentum going and it's so hard to start again no matter what contest deadline is breathing down my neck! And then comes the fear of not being able to whip together a good enough entry so why even try! And then it's the night before and I'm still up at 4:30 in the morning because how could I not enter?

    Not exactly a healthy, balanced way to live.....

    But, if I just keep at it every day--even 100-200 words a day is enough to keep me going--then that momentum builds and procrastination isn't an issue any more.

    Thanks for the motivation! I brought homemade raspberry (usually cherry, but I had to improvise this year) bing bars to share :)

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    1. Megan - exactly! Procrastination breaks momentum and I think momentum makes us better writers. I noticed you mentioned fear. I truly think fear is at the root of a great deal of the procrastination problem. Cudos to you for recognizing these issues and circumventing them.

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    2. And thanks for the Bing bars!

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    3. Megan, the 100-200 words/day keeping up you momentum is so true. It's not that I always succeed at this, but when I write even a little each day, it keeps the story fresh on mind and keeps me beating myself for getting off track.

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    4. Yes, Connie! Sometimes all I need is a few words to keep the story in mind. If I don't have that it's so much harder to pick it back up because I have to reorient to the story world and characters, and that's hard work!

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  3. I know how it feels to get something done in a timely manner so I remind myself of that when there is something that needs done. I know the feeling of accomplishment and I really try to keep that in mind. I'm not perfect at it, there have been times I've procrastinated and then it just nags me until I get it done. I'm striving to be better too! A work in progress, though I much prefer just to get the task done and over with and that often motivates me into action :-)

    What a fun title to a fun sounding book :-) If I could replay getting married to my husband all over again for the first time, I'd put on boots too...haha!

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    1. Trixi, I admire your attitude and wish I was better at getting tasks done. I love your work in progress comment. I need to remember that one.

      I'm glad you think the book sounds fun. As for getting married in boots - just think vow renewals!

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  4. Hi Terri:>

    "What Could You Accomplish if you Knew You Could not fail?"


    The above question was popular in the '70s at PMA seminars. (Positive Mental Attitude). Also popular: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."

    The very popular Zig Ziglar was fond of saying that his seminar attendees were in need of a 'checkup from the neck up'.

    I think it gets down to motivation. We procrastinate when we are more motivated to do something else. While it is true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink, it is also true that if you make the horse thirsty enough, he'll find his own water.

    There are many motives for procrastination. Fear is a big one but so is greed. I've lost money because I put off selling a stock with a big profit simply because I hoped it would go even higher.

    Sometimes we don't exactly know what the motivational problem actually is. If it is the fear that after years of work and many months of agonizing revisions the publisher won't buy our book anyway, then put up the money to publisher your book as an Indy. Now you are guaranteed to publish even if the traditional publishers rejects your work.

    If you still procrastinate given a guaranteed publishing date, then the real motivation for stalling is something else. Find out what it is.

    I agree that procrastination is not usually a time management problem. In fact if it was a genuine time management problem, we probably would not call it procrastination. We'd call it life getting in the way.

    If we up the motivation, it will be procrastination itself that will put off delaying our projects!

    Please place my name in the dog dish. I'm a dog person and I often delay putting my name in the more notorious cat dish until it is too late.

    Vince



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    1. Vince, I believe Debbie Macomber is a big Zig Ziglar fan and she has certainly been successful in her writing life.

      I think for me there are times I let fear make me procrastinate. There are other times when I just don't get things done. Like anything else it can become a habit.

      I'm so glad to know you're a dog person! I have two West Highland White Terriers. Since you totally did not procrastinate, your name is definitely in the doggie dish.

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    2. I love Zig Ziglar.... He was a great voice of reason in learning to prioritize things and get jobs done. And I'm LAUGHING at the cat dish mention! :) Vince, you are too funny! Remember I use cowboy hats now, too... so if the cat dish causes reluctance, then we can toss your name into the cowboy hat!

      Laughing and wishing you the Merriest of Christmases!!!

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    3. Hi Terri & Myra:

      Talk about bad weather. When I came to Tulsa in 1971, the now defunct "Tulsa Tribune" ran a headline story about how Tulsa had the worse weather in the United States! There were hotter places and more humid places but there was no place both more humid and hot. We also had the most irritants in our air as only a barbwire fence stood between us and the pollen, dust, and other spores from being blown into the state!

      In just a few short years I was flooded out of my home, locked in the office because of snow for a few days, was sent to Phoenix on TDY and it was hotter in Tulsa all thirty days than it was in Phoenix and this was in August!

      Can't complain. The three tornadoes that hit the Tulsa area all missed me (one was only 1/4 of a mile away and still made more noise than any other sounds I ever heard on earth.)

      Also I did marry an Oklahoma girl, OU grad, and a fundamental Christian -- except she doesn't believe that bible quote from Ruth 1:16 "for whither thou goest, I will go;" as such if I leave the state, I goest alone!

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  5. Tina, congratulations on your new release!

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  6. Hi Terri, thank you for this post. I am a huge procrastinator. In years past I could take total blame for it but now, I find I can procrastinate and then when I'm ready to push through and move on, I am stopped by life circumstances. Which for me that basically means if I put something off long enough I'll never get it done. I hate being a procrastinator and moving into the new year I have every intention of working on this issue. Wish me well and say a prayer because I truly do want to conquer this issue.

    I do love the cover of your book too!

    Many blessings to everyone!
    Cindy W.

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    1. Cindy W. I'll definitely say a prayer for you. Procrastination is an ongoing battle for me so I'll be right there with you.


      Thanks for the compliment on the cover. My cover designer outdid herself. I'm so thankful for her help.

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  7. Congratulations on your holiday release, Terri! The cover is absolutely gorgeous!
    I'll procrastinate when I know I have a lot of time to get a project or chore completed. When I'm working with a deadline, I'll keep my nose to the grindstone.
    Great to see you!

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    1. Jill, having a deadline is helpful. Having friends who stay after me is a blessing. I'm fortunate to know them.

      Thanks for the cover compliment. A friend designed it for me and she is so talented!

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  8. Hi Terri, congratulations on your new book. It sounds like a great story.

    Thanks also for a great post! I can see a lot of resolutions coming out of this.

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Jackie, thanks! I hope readers are enjoying the novella. It was so fun to write.

      I also hope the post is beneficial to writers and readers. Merry Christmas!

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  9. This sounds like a book I want to read. Congratulations on its release.

    Merry Christmas everyone

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    1. Good morning Wilani! Your words are music to my ears. Thanks.

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  10. TERRI, welcome post side! Thanks for putting procrastination front and center when it's a topic that procrastinators would prefer to ignore.

    When I don't meet my goals, I think the issue isn't so much procrastination as it is prioritizing. I am steadfast in starting my day with God, but then I let chores and calls and social media sidetrack me far too long from doing what should rank second. Self-discipline, or the lack of it, is probably the culprit.

    Congratulations on publishing your Christmas novella! The cover is very appealing. Proud of you for getting it out there!

    Janet

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    1. Merry Christmas Janet! I'm working hard to overcome my procrastination issues. They make life harder and who needs that? So I definitely don't want to do that to myself.

      Thanks for the compliment on the cover. I'm so happy with her design.

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  11. Hi Terri - great post and so true! I've already downloaded The Christmas Bride Wore Boots. I loved it! Such great characters. And Crosby was adorable. Blessings and Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Loves to Read! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. My goal is to have a Westie or dog of some sort in every book. I absolutely love animals.

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  12. Oh, here is a delightful friend hanging out on this side of the Seekerville counter! Hello, Ms. Weldon!!! :)

    I love this post... not because I need it. I don't. I am an absolutely opposite of procrastinator because I'm wired that way.... and I have big, strong, tough girl feelings about fear and kicking it to the curb (hence our New Year's Eve bash theme "Kick Discouragement to the Curb" for Joshua 1:9) BUT ...

    the reason I love this is because I see other writers do it All The Time. I could make you a list of names... and it would be a long list.

    I think one of the first cures is to treat this like a job....

    #2 would be to love it. If you don't love what you're doing, if you don't love writing, it's tougher to make yourself do it.... and I have no answer for that one...

    #3 would be to take the frog analogy and use it daily.

    My writing is the first thing I do every day. Every single day. I get up early and get it done (at least 1K) so that no matter what happens, no matter who interferes or what goes down, that part is done.

    Does that sound bossy?

    See, I think it sounds smart. Like eat that frog. Get stuff done. Don't put anything off. And I never look around. I don't measure success by how I stack up against others, I measure it by how much I love my work and the satisfaction it brings. I will never, ever care about not being a huge money-making author. None of that has ever mattered to me. That's not why I do this... I would do it for free if they stopped paying me tomorrow. (I'd hope that someone would pay me something... but I'd keep right on doing it!)

    I will put CLEANING off.

    No one pays me to clean. Not one single solitary person offers me money to clean the house, or dust or whatever....

    So I fit that in when I can.

    But being paid to write is my life-long dream and I love it to the moon and back.

    Terri... I can't wait to grab hold of that novella! I'm so proud of you, and I thank you for this wonderful post because you don't have to be a fast writer to be successful. Many of us are living proof of that.

    But you need to be a steady writer, and I think that's a solid basis for any job!

    Merry Christmas, lovely lady!!!

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    1. Good morning and Merry Christmas Ruthy! I aspire to be like you. Get it done!

      Now I may never write in the mornings. I'm a night owl. I find I'm more creative very late at night. But I have learned to write when time is available, so maybe I could master mornings.

      I totally get what you are saying about loving to write. If I didn't love it I would have given up long before now. I always tell people this business will beat you up.

      One of the really negative things about procrastination is it bleeds into other areas of your life. I hate that!

      I'm looking forward to the New Year's Eve bash and kicking discouragement to the curb.

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    2. And I hope you like the novella. It was such fun to write.

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    3. I will love, love, love it! I remember (oh no, dating myself!!!) seeing your work in a long, long, long ago contest (think dinosaur longneck, et al) and then seeing the same story about two years later and it was SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!! I remember happy dancing because it showed so much of Y-O-U in the new version!

      I think that's so important for all of us, to just keep working, just keep working, just keep working... :) God wants his people happy. I know this. :) I read it in a book!!!!

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  13. Okay, Terri, this part of the blurb got my attention -- I have a feeling there's a lot of story in this ... even sew costumes or cast eight-year-old Wesley Simpson as an angel. Sounds like a fun read. Congrats on your accomplishment!

    A couple of years ago, we attended a wedding in which the bride, bridesmaids, groom and groomsmen all wore formal attire -- and boots. Their 'getaway vehicle' was a mule-drawn hay wagon. Obviously it was a bit of a slow getaway :-)

    Nancy C

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    1. Chill N - yep my Molly isn't much of a seamstress. And I can totally identify with that.

      I would have loved to have seen that getaway wagon! Sounds like such a fun wedding. My great niece wore cowboy boots at her wedding. She looked adorable and they suited her to a T.

      I hope you get a chance to read the novella and enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

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  14. Thanks for the post, Terri. I've been slacking off the last 3 months! I'm not sure if it's completely procrastination, because I have been insanely busy with travel and such, but I need to get my rear in gear. Thanks for motivating me to do so.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Amber- thanks! I hope I did motivate you. Now is the perfect time to get started. Don't put it off or wait until the new year.

      Merry Christmas!

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  15. Terri, what's a lead analyst? Nosy minds want to know. I might want to make my next heroine one.

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    1. Tina - have mercy on your heroine! A lead analyst just analyzes lots of numbers and data. The lead part comes into play whenever anything weird needs done. It becomes your job. Also, I help the other analysts out if they need help with something.

      Definitely not the job for a heroine!

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    2. In Bet Me, Jenny Crusie's heroine is an actuary. She's a fabulous heroine.

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  16. I read a blog post recently that asked: What's your favorite excuse word?

    I think most people's is BUT. So when I catch myself saying that word I---- S T O P!

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    1. My favorite prepped for failure phrase, "I hope to write..."

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    2. Oh those are two good ones Tina and Connie. Mine is I'm so busy.

      Not sure what I'm busy doing but it takes a lot of time. LOL

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    3. That's a great thing to consider, Tina! Thanks for sharing.

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  17. So, now that you beat that procrastination beast, what project are you tackling next??

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    1. I have so much I want to do! I introduced readers to the duo who will be my next hero and heroine. Berryhill Brides is going to be a trilogy.

      Plus I have plans to write another Christmas book. I adore Christmas books. How about you guys?

      And the project I'm the most anxious to work on is for Love Inspired Suspense. I really enjoy writing suspense novels.

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    2. I'm still plugging along on my Love Inspired Suspense with a little help from my friends.

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  18. I was thinking about this just this morning. I have a MS almost done, but I've been procrastinating. Walking in the morning has always got my juices flowing I think I need to get back on that routine.

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    1. Jeri! Good to see you! Merry Christmas.

      Rawhide. Get those doggies moving..

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    2. Hey Jeri, Merry Christmas! If walking gets you moving writing wise then go pound some pavement!

      It is wonderful that you know what motivates you. Plus an almost finished manuscript is a great thing to have.

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  19. Welcome, Terri! I think there must be a grain of procrastination in all of us. You summed it up beautifully with this line:

    "People tend to delay when they feel fear, dread, or are anxious about something that is important to them."

    I know that's true of me. I also tend to procrastinate on writing until I know I won't have any interruptions--which, lately, is utterly unpredictable. I never know when a husband, daughter, or grandchild is going to barge into my office with some "urgent" reason to disturb my concentration. I'm having to learn to write in spite of the interruptions and also be firm about saying, "Hey, I'm working here. Can we talk about this later?"

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    1. Merry Christmas Myra! I was so startled when I researched procrastination. The reasons really resonated with me.

      Cudos to you for safeguarding your writing time. That's a whole other issue I battle.


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  20. Terri, I always procrastinate before I "do". Just the morning I finally called and switch cars on our insurance. Took 3-4 minutes, but I had put it off for several days. I have good intentions. I'll do it in a minute. Then I wake up in the early morning hours worried about what I didn't get done.

    I'm getting better on the writing thing, but still have a long way to go. If I fear anything, it's that the words won't come. And you know what, sometimes they don't. Or when they do, they're just plain bad. But I ALWAYS feel better when I write than when I put it off.

    BTW, I love your cover. Your story sounds adorable.

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    1. Connie, I do that same thing when dealing with insurance and things like that!

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    2. Oh Connie, I think we are long lost sisters! And it is amazing how fast things can get away from you and spiral out of control.

      You are also spot on with your comment about feeling better when you write. Remind yourself of the feeling of accomplishment having written provides and try to grow that into a habit or way of life.

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  21. Yep, washing floors, organizing...anything. I do enjoy writing reviews...it's the posting them that I can put off

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    1. Well, Marianne nothing has ever inspired me to wash floors! I'd probably find a good book. LOL.

      Trust me, we writers appreciate you writing those reviews.

      Why do you think you procrastinate posting them? Just curious.

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  22. Good morning, Terri! Thanks for joining us today. I love the cover of your novella.

    I'm currently working on a revision for Love Inspired. The first time I sent it back, I rushed through it because I was coached to get it back as soon as possible. But after I had sent it in, one of the editors tweeted that if you don't have a deadline on a revision, they prefer that you take your time and do it right. So, now that I have another revision due, I'm taking my time with this one.

    But I think it's also fair to acknowledge something Ruth touched on, and that is if you don't love what you're doing, your not going to sit your butt in the chair everyday. Motivation and the burning desire to succeed is something that comes from within.

    I think there's also major turning points in people's lives, just like in novels, where something happens that propels them onward to pursue there goals, no matter what. It could be an inspirationally dissatisfying job, a contest win, or a change in their personal family dynamics, like empty nest.

    I also believe that people are motivated to eitber run toward the reward, as in contest wins, etc., while others are motivated by the desire to change their negative circumstances. When negative circumstances are too much to bear, then your more apt to overcome fear.

    ...And that's my three cents for the day, hahahaha. Why do I feel like I should have a sign on a booth, like Peanuts' Lucy, "Advice 5¢"?

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    1. LOL, Renee! I love your 5 cent advice. :)

      Congrats on doing another round of revisions! I did two rounds before I sold. :)

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    2. Renee - congratulations on your revision request! That is awesome. I dream of writing for LIS or LI.

      As for your advice I'm with Missy, love it.

      It is interesting to see what motivates each person. I'm in a comfortable day job that pays my bills. Money isn't the motivator, but I do love to write. I can't imagine not writing. I have more story people in my head than I'll ever be able to write about!

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    3. And thanks for the cover compliment. I told my cover designer I hope my writing can do her cover justice.

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    4. Renee, I hope the revisions go much better this time. This was worth much more than 5 cents...

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    5. I agree Renee, and it's like that light bulb moment when POV finally made sense. Or you quit smoking. It has to happen when you are ready.

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  23. Hi Terri!

    Procrastination is a never-ending battle, isn't it?

    Making a to-do list every day is my weapon of choice. If something on the list doesn't get done that day, it goes at the top of the list the next day.

    Which reminds me, it's time to tackle today's list...

    BTW, I love the title of your book! It pulled me right in. :)

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    1. Jan, I make tons of lists. Excellent organizational tool. Plus I just flat forget some things and a list reminds me I need to do a task.

      I'm glad you liked the title!

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  24. Terri, congratulations on your new release! The cover is really cute! I'm sure the story will be great as well. It's already on my Kindle and I look forward to reading it!

    As for procrastination...I think you're right about looking into the deeper reasons for it. I would imagine that fear or perfectionism is often the culprit.

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    1. Missy, I hope you enjoy The Christmas Bride Wore Boots. I always get nervous when someone I know and respect reads my work. Thanks for the cover compliment!

      Fear is a big procrastination problem for me. I didn't realize it until I began delving into the subject. Then it made my behavior crystal clear.

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  25. hello. My name is Megan. I am a procrastinator. I am quite skilled at procrastinating. But I think you nailed it on the head when you said, "Fear could be the systemic issue stopping you from jumping on those revisions." Fear. Is why I sometimes put off writing or reviewing. And that is silly. Tomorrow I'll get to work on the not fearing thing. ;)

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    1. Megan, when I admitted I was a procrastinator I felt like I had entered a 12 step program. So the way you said your name and you're a procrastinator made me think of that.

      Yes! The fear factor really resonated with me. And understanding why I procrastinated makes it easier to overcome.

      Now as your self appointed sponsor I'll nudge you to look at that not fearing thing today. ;)

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  26. Hi Terri, Welcome to Seekerville and thank you for such a great post. It is so easy to procrastinate, especially at this time of year when we have so many excuses. LOL I think we all battle procrastination and it helps to do what you've done and analyze what your triggers are and then attack them or at least watch out for them.

    Love the title of your novella. And the cover. I'm sure the contents are wonderful as well. Best wishes and congrats on accomplishing your goal.

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    1. Sandra, thanks for letting me visit Seekerville! All of you ladies are so gracious.

      Isn't this time of year an easy time to procrastinate? There is so much to do!

      I will say identifying my triggers is such a help. It makes procrastination easier to avoid.

      Thanks for the compliment on my cover, I'll pass that along to the designer. And I hope the content lives up to the cover!


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  27. You are singing my song here. I agree that fear plays a huge role in my procrastination. Fear I won't be able to write. Fear what I write is not very good. Ruth's comment particularly resonated. I need to answer some hard questions about where I want to go with my writing. I know I do better if I have a partner to push and give feedback. Right now I don't have anyone and so I am embarrassed to say how long it's been since I did some serious writing on the projects I have started.

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    1. Hey Linda, identifying the problem and owning up to it is half the battle.

      Don't give up. If you belong to ACFW then jump over there and sign up for a critique group or partner. If you don't belong I'd highly recommend you join. The fellowship is wonderful. I have two friends who keep after me.

      Now, just go write something. Even one paragraph. Your comment was very articulate so I know you can do it!

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  28. The Ruthinator has purchased the novella in question!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!

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  29. Hi Terri:

    I like your cover art, however, I just have to tell you this: late last night when I first saw your cover, I read the big red type first, of course I would as that was the artist's intention, and since it was in script, I read it as 'Christmas Birds'. This really got my attention as this was a very unique twist on a Christmas story. In fact I have not ever seen a title just like this for a Christmas story.

    My next curious step was the read the type below. "Wore Boots".

    What? "Christmas Birds Wore Boots"! Is this a paranormal Christmas story? Wow! You don't see many of them.

    Of course, at this point, I went back and read the beginning of the headline or title: "The Christmas Bride Wore Boots". Man, did that bring me down to earth! (I get my dyslexia fixed except it makes life more interesting.)

    My next thought was "How romantic? I always wanted a bride who wore boots. Doesn't every man?"

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    Bottom line: I'm totally fascinated with your novella and must read it...now! I just downloaded it at Amazon. Please take my name out of the dog dish! I'll have it read by bedtime!

    Vince

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    1. Vince, I love to read paranormal! You may have just given me a whole new plot.

      I'm glad to hear you found the concept of The Christmas Bride Wore Boots romantic. It's wonderful to get a man's perspective. I hope you enjoy the story.

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  30. TERRI!!! SUPER CONGRATS ON THE NEW BOOK, my friend, and I am so proud of you for pulling a Nike and "Just doing it!" That in and of itself is a huge victory for you and all of us writers -- to take the proverbial bull by the horns and get her done!

    LOVE the cover, my friend, and the story sounds really cute!!

    You said: "People tend to delay when they feel fear, dread, or are anxious about something that is important to them."

    Oh my goodness, this is SO me when it comes to writing a new book. Unfortunately, I am an emotionally driven writer, so that means if I don't "feel it," I tend to put it off, and I truly believe it's mostly fear at work.

    I love what Joyce Meyer always says: DO IT AFRAID!! Meaning stare that fear right in the face and stomp on it by doing it anyway. :)

    Hugs!!
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    1. Julie - I love the Joyce Meyer quote!

      I can see where as an emotionally driven writer you would feel the need to feel it. And fear being an emotion drives a vicious cycle. Thankful you know how to break it.

      As for me, I know it will be an ongoing battle, but I'm already excited about my next project.

      Thanks for the compliment on the cover and for saying the story sounds cute!

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  31. Great post Terri. I am so guilty of procrastination. I love the Mark Twain quote about the frogs.

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    1. Merry Christmas Cindy! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I agree, I like Mark Twain quotes.

      Best of luck in overcoming Procrastination.

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  32. Thanks for giving us all a little push, Terri! Merry Christmas!!

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    1. Barbara, you're welcome. Merry Christmas!

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  33. I am struggling so badly with the computer, now it says my gmail address is not connected to the only password I know for it.

    GRRRRRRRRRRRR

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  34. Sorry you're having a bad day, Mary!

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  35. So do you guys like reading Christmas stories? I love them and usually read several a year. Who are some of your favorites?

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  36. Terri, As others on the comment feed have commented, I am a procrastinator. For me, it's often a case of trying to take on too much. I attended Tina's RWA workshop and I love her Seeker posts about time management. I love my timer, and I feel like I've becoming much more productive since I reward myself with little breaks when I'm writing (unless I'm really into a paragraph and I keep going). I also try to prioritize with my group A project (thank you, Tina) which is my manuscript and writing itself.

    I just started Cate Nolan's Christmas in Hiding (literally just finished the first chapter and am loving it so far). I downloaded Tina's The Christmas Angel.

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    1. Awwwww, thanks, Tanya. You should see the smile you put on my face. :)

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  37. Tanya, it sounds like I need Tina's class. Hopefully she will teach it again sometime when I can take it.

    I loved Cate's book! Thanks for mentioning Tina's book. I'll download it tonight.

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  38. Terri, great post! I read it early this AM, commented, but my comment never appeared. Then my wifi went out! Probably a pesky elf from the North Pole! :)

    Finally got everything working again.

    Some might call me a procrastinator, but I like to think that I follow the "just in time" business model. Businesses produce their products just prior to shipping with no lag time. That seems to be the way I operate. I get "it" done on time but not necessarily ahead of time! :)

    Now about that frog...

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    1. Debby, that Just in Time gave me a chuckle. I'd have been happy with that. My place was going out of business!

      Those pesky elves seem to enjoy causing computer problems at the most in opportune times.m

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    2. Honestly, "Just in Time" is pretty accurate because a certain part of my brain doesn't kick into gear until that panic of potentially missing deadlines for anything, not just writing.

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    2. Thanks so much, ladies. That made my night.

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  40. Terri, congrats on your new book! Love that cover...and especially the boots!

    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Debby, I'm a big fan of the boots! And my cover designer is very talented and the polar opposite of a procrastinator.

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  41. Terri, this post definitely hits close to home. It is something I constantly need to work on. I know I just need to sit down and get started.

    Your story looks cute. I would love to read it.

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    1. Hi Sandy, I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope the post will be beneficial to you and help you out. Don't beat yourself up, just strive to beat the procrastination habit.

      You'll be in the drawing for the book!

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  42. Thanks, Terri. And you on yours. Mine has zero holiday in it. It's a January release, that releases December 20 and is set...wait for it...in Spring!!!

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  43. Ok, now explain how your book is called The Christmas Angel, is set in the Spring, and has zero holiday in it.

    I'm still reading it because all your books are great.

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  44. I am a terrible procrastinator, but not just with writing- with everything in life. School, chores, science (I know that it falls under the school category but it deserves to be said twice), and anything else I don't want to do... and sometimes writing falls into that category. I've been trying to set more deadlines for myself to avoid procrastination- in my writing at least, I'm not sure if it can be helped in the science department (stupid Physics- well more stupid me for not understanding my really, really smart and complicated physics)

    Thank you for this encouraging post, please enter my name for the drawing for your novella and congrats on actually getting it finished!

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  45. Nicky, you sound just like me. I procrastinated in everything. I will say whatever the root cause once you start procrastination creeps into every area of your life.

    Now where we sound different is the physics. I admire you for being able to pass physics. I'd flunk!

    Remember to forgive yourself and start writing. You can finish that book. I'll definitely enter you in the drawing.

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    1. You've got it all right about procrastination, but wrong in thinking that I would actually PASS in my science let alone physics (laughing uncontrollably here!) I hate science, and totally fail at it (by I've still got to do it for my school). I aced biology, but once they started bringing numbers in... I was lost.

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  46. hi Terri
    This is a great post, even if I'm just now getting to it. My procrastination comes in the form of dread. If something feels overwhelming... DREAD rises up and buries me. I know the solution is to take baby steps/bites until the humongous, overwhelming thing isn't. It is definitely that momentum thing. If I can just get the ball rolling and NOT allow myself any excuses, I'd be fine. *sigh*
    I need help.

    Your cover is so cool and I'm snoopy dancing for the fact that you met your personal deadline! Yay! That's even better on the cool scale. Please put my name in the draw for your book. I love the title and cover.

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    1. Hi Deb, yes momentum is huge! Sometimes just getting started makes you realize you can do it. You've taken the first steps: read this post and admitted you have a procrastination problem. Now pick a manageable task for tomorrow. I'm rooting for you.

      A huge help for me in meeting my goal is my sister who is not a procrastinator and also my two good writing buddies who aren't. I'm so thankful the three of them put up with me.

      You are definitely in the drawing!

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  47. Love the pink boots! My problem with procrastination has more to do with being overwhelmed with too many tasks at hand. Some days, I literally roam my little office space in circles. I need to just pick one task and do it!
    Please put me in the drawing. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Linda! Definitely pick one task. Kind of like eating that frog. Do one thing and when it's done move on.

      You're in the drawing!

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  48. I love Christmas stories because they're so hopeful. A chance for change / redemption - a new start.

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    1. You're so right! The entire season is filled with hope. I think it makes the books feel as if anything really could happen. I just know I love them.

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  49. Procrastination turns into a habit, which is never good. And yes (hanging my head), I've let it rule me sometimes. I'm working on that though.

    I hope everyone here has a wonderful, very merry Christmas! When I look at gifts God's given me, I consider Seekerville as one of them.

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    1. Jeanne, give procrastination an inch and it will take over your life. Or at least it did mine! It's wonderful you are working on it.

      Seekerville is truly a blessing. Great group of Seekers and Villagers.

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  50. Wow, I came by to read [b]Terri's [/b]post.

    First I saw this:

    "When you see a publishing opportunity such as a contest Love Inspired is running, do you have a polished manuscript ready to submit?"

    and thought WOW, how providential given that LI just announced another contest.

    So then I went to read the comments to see if anyone had mentioned it after they announced it today (and because I was procrastinating on some revisions ;) ) and saw my name mentioned. So I had to scroll back to find out why.

    I found Tanya's comment -
    "I just started Cate Nolan's Christmas in Hiding (literally just finished the first chapter and am loving it so far)."

    WOW again. Thanks, [b]Tanya.[/b] That just made revisions a whole lot easier to tackle!

    No need to put my name in the dish, Terri. I already downloaded the book. Now I just need school to end so I have time to read. Ah, vacation. Time to read and write.

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    2. Cate- I'm so happy you're doing revisions. That means another book for me to read in the future.

      It's been so busy here that I didn't realize Love Inspired had a new contest. Thanks for the heads up.

      Enjoy your vacation and I hope you enjoy The Christmas Bride Wore Boots!

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  51. Hey Terri! Great post - - and I'll confess I've always been a procrastinator *sigh*. But I've finally decided the reason is fear of not doing something well enough. So I've had to adopt the old slogan "Just do it!" - - especially with my writing. Even on days that are really busy, when I sit and write for even ten minutes it usually moves my story forward.
    I also tend to accomplish much more and procrastinate less with a good old-fashioned To-Do list. :) Last Christmas my middle daughter gave me a lovely set that included notepads for each month of the year, so most days I use one of those and list everything I want to do that particular day, and I'm happy to say that most of the time I'm successful!
    I recently read your Christmas novella and loved it (gave a 5-star review)! :)
    Thanks for sharing this post and I hope you'll have a very Merry Christmas! (sorry I'm a day late in commenting - - I wasn't procrastinating, honest!) ;)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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    1. Merry Christmas Patti Jo! I'm glad you stopped by. I admire how you've overcome your procrastination. I make a ton of lists. They keep me focused and help me not to forget things.

      Thank you so much for the review! I'm thankful you enjoyed the novella.

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  52. Convicted!!! Thanks for this. I can be so focused. But when I procrastinate it is just as focused. LOL! Love to be put in the drawing fro your novella.

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    1. Hey, at least you're focused no matter what you're doing. But let's take that focus off procrastination. Merry Christmas!

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  53. Terri! Thank you for being such a wonderful and non procrastinating guest. Merry Christmas to you and a non procrastinating New Year!

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    1. Tina, thank you for allowing me to visit. I had a great time. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone in Seekerville!

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  54. Hi Terri. Thanks so much for the great suggestions. So many things get "put on hold" and then it's difficult to pick them up again. I'll definitely be giving this some thought. Thanks again and blessings to you. By the way, your book cover is fabulous!!

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    1. Rebecca, on hold does often equal Procrastination.

      Thanks for the compliment on the cover.

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  55. TERRI, thank you so much for this timely post! It's more fun to read than to life at times! *wink*

    Please enter me in the drawing for The Christmas Bride Wore Boots

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  56. Merry Christmas Caryl! I'm glad you enjoyed the post. I feel confident you're back working. Right?

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  57. Congratulations Terri and Merry Christmas to both you and Tina!
    Connie
    cps1950(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  58. Terri,
    I'm terribly late in replying but I did not procrastinate! This is the first chance I've had all week to read emails! But I am an expert in procrastination, so thanks for the encouraging words! And congrats on your novella! I would love to read it so if it's not too late, please put my name in the doggie bowl!

    Merry Christmas!!

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