When I was in college, my roommate always cleaned our dorm room or, in later years, our apartment before we left for a break. She said she wanted to return to a clean place. (Hi, Liz!) I didn’t totally get it when we were in college, but I do now. And of course I’m going to apply it to writing.
I’ve been working through the comments from my second round of readers for my work-in-progress, and I’m leaving for vacation tomorrow.* I really didn’t think I’d get through them before I left, but I did. Woohoo! And I imagine the satisfaction I feel is similar to how my roommate felt–that when I return, I won’t be returning to a mess.
I’m not finished with this round of revision. I had three very lovely readers this round, and while a number of their comments lined up, they also offered some unique opinions that I’m still considering. But I at least made one pass through the whole manuscript and will have a decent revision to work with when I return. That’s something to be excited about.
The other day, my five-year-old said, “Mom, I’m sorry you won’t be able to work while we’re on the cruise.”
She was completely serious. Hey, at least she understands I love my work, right? I assured her that I am able to take a vacation. Well, now that I’ve tied up this task, I’m ready to pack up my bags and go party with Mickey Mouse and all the Disney princesses in Alaska. See you in ten days or so!
*As usual, here is my disclaimer to any crazies (not you, my regular followers) that my house will not be unattended while we’re gone. House sitter, alarm system, dog. Got it? Ok.