Friday, August 12, 2011

In Which I Blow Up at Anyone who Mentions Deadlines, and even Those who Don't

The deadline for the sequel to EVERNEATH is coming up. Fast. And hard. So I've sorta had deadlines on the brain.

It reached a boiling point last night when Sam's entire extended family went to dinner. Above all the chatter that twenty people make, I kept hearing the word "deadline". 

I wasn't even part of the conversation, but I could hear the d-word being said at one end of the table. Over and over.

Were they discussing my deadline behind my back? Were they taking bets as to if I would make it or not? Were they consulting the odds-makers? (By the way, it's 4:1 that I'll make it.)

Finally, I snapped. "Could you all please stop talking about my deadline?!"

They looked at me like I was a little nuts. Then my sis-in-law pointed to something on the table. 
It's a lime. And it's "dead". Can you guess where I'm going with this?

Yep, that there is a dead lime. A DEADLIME. It was in my sis-in-law's Diet Coke. And it was all anyone could talk about.

Until I yelled at them.

Somebody help me.


  1. Sit down with crossed legs and rest your hands on your knees, palm up with your thumb and middle finger touching. Close your eyes and hum Ooommmm

    Don't you feel less stressed already?

    Good luck!

  2. Donna- Thanks for the advice! I would try it right now, but I don't have time, what with the DEADLINE and all. :)

  3. dead lime. dead line. toe MAY toe. ta MAH toe. it's all the same right? do you need a dt coke?

  4. You can do it, Brodi! I believe in you. :)

  5. Ha ha. Oh Brodi you always make me smile. I am sorry that you are stressed! I am sure it will be great. Hang in there.

  6. Some blond chick told me recently that "the only way out is through." Boy, she was wise.

    If it makes you feel any better, I have a self-imposed deadline coming up next week.

    Yeah, I didn't think it would. Good luck anyway!

    (Now get back to work!) :)

  7. LOL Dead lime, dead line, that sounds the same to me. :)

    GO YOU!!! You can make it through this!!!

  8. sounds like you need a visit from the diet coke fairy again. Let me know if I can help with anything. You will make it! I believe in you! Your the BEST!

  9. Jenni and Aubrey- Thanks for the vote of confidence!

    Robin- That blonde chick does NOT sound wise. She sounds like a masochist, because I swear I found this other way that does not involve going THROUGH. :)

    Mundie Moms- I know! And what are the chances someone would actually be talking about a dead lime?

    Anon- Yes. Where is that fairy when you need her? Although I did recently get a visit from the Good&Plenty fairy...

  10. I'm feeling a little crushed by deadlines at the moment as well. May we all survive. :P

  11. Jenn- In the words of Douglas Adams, I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.

  12. Oh wow, you really made me laugh a lot! I'm so sorry you are feeling so stress... but don't worry, I'm sure you are going to make it in time! i'm cheering from you already!

    And, BTW, I can't wait to read your book, it looks beautiful!!! Is on top of my TBR pile right now, hahahaha. I wish months could pass faster, sigh...

    Hugs and when you feel stress think of your fans, we all love you!


  13. Alaiel- Thanks so much for the sweet comment! I am honored to be at the top of your TBR pile. :)

  14. You are too funny! Sorry you are so stressed. You will be in my prayers. ;)