Life as I Know It
Just Another Sleepless Night and Pressing Deadline
I’m writing this at 3:30 am. I gave up on sleep at 12:30. Between the hot flashes, and the endless “To-Do” list, I can’t settle down.
Working at Billy’s farm in the sweltering Hotlanta sun doesn’t help. Yesterday, my day began in his garden at 8:30 am. In theory I’d get everything done before it got hot. In reality, it’s sweltering at 8:30 and the work is never done. By 10:30 another obligation called me home to pick up my children. One I’d take to camp, the other I’d drop off at Billy’s to cut the grass.
Have I promised my editor that I’ll have the completed manuscript in her hand by Friday, Monday at the latest?
That would be a resounding “Yes!”
Am I going to make that deadline?
That would be an emphatic, “NO!”
At 1 pm I met a bookseller who had traveled all the way from Indiana to meet Billy. This happens often. People who loved In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes so much that they want to meet the man behind the title. For those who are counting that’s three trips to Billy’s in one day (and two showers, but that might fall under the Too-Much-Information category).
After picking up my daughter at 4:30 pm, I returned home with 10 pounds of cucumbers Billy couldn’t sell. My job: convert them into pickles. I wiped away the sunscreen that was caked to my neck, and suppressed the sneaking suspicion that I am going to disappoint my editor.
I hate disappointing people.
A homemade dinner was lovingly prepared…by me, of course. Next it’s time to clean-up the kitchen and make a quick trip outside to hang clothes on the line. Yes, a clothesline in Atlanta. Perish the thought! Which reminds me it’s 3:40 am, it’s rained and they’re still on the line. Oh well, they’re clean now for certain.
Yes, this writing life wasn’t exactly as River Jordan so eloquently describes it.
Pressing on, I continue.
I had planned on writing during the entire time until my husband said, “I’m not going if that thing (insert pointy fiinger directed at my laptop) is coming with you.”
At 9 pm when I finally sat down to write, my screen made a clicking sound and went dark. I put my head in my hands and prayed. Eventually, I got the machine to work.
Renea Winchester lives in Atlanta. Her book In The Garden With Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes was nominated for a SIBA and Georgia Author of the Year Award. Look for her newest title soon, if she gets the pickles canned.