Every year in May, I join the ranks of authors at the Romance Writers of Australia in a race to write 50, 000 words in thirty days. I had good intentions. Yes, I did. My muse, on the other hand, had other ideas. So my May challenge went something like this …
Muse: You’re going to work today.
Me: I have no choice. It’s a work today.
Muse: Huh. Okay then, I’ll stay home and drink wine.
Me: So, are we going to write today?
Muse (shrugs): Maybe.
Me: 1600 words?
Muse: I’ll give you 1476.
Me: Can’t write today. Work and an MTAA launch tonight.
Muse: I’ll forgive you. It’s Craig Lowndes. Ain’t nobody gonna say no to that.
Me: Great night last night. Let’s write!
Muse: Glad you had fun without me. Was he nice?
Me (sighs): Yes. He hugged me, touched my arm. I’m never going to wash it again.
Muse: Great! I’ll give you 1590 words.
Me: Work day
Muse: Go then.
Day 6 & 7:
Muse: We writing this weekend?
Me: Nope. It’s V8’s at Barbagallo
Muse: Garth Tander?
Muse: Ain’t nobody gonna say no to that!
Me: Only 967 words?
Muse: I gave you Garth Tander, Craig Lowndes, Greg Murphy, Roger Penske … need I say more?
Me: I guess not.
Me: We’re almost half way. Can I have some words?
Muse: I’ll give you 654.
Me: They’re getting less. Are you punishing me?
Muse (stretches out on the couch): Zzzzzz
Me: 789 words. Total count: 5476/50000. We need more. We’re not even close to target.
Muse: Talk to the hand.
Me: 649 words on the WIP, numerous email responses and a work-related ad for the winter. Total count: 6125/50000. Current WIP now at 18916. I’d hoped to be around the halfway mark by now.
Muse: Stay at home and write then.
Me: Can’t. Day job. It’s how you stay alive.
Muse: Pffft. Pass the wine and chocolate.
Me: A dismal 198 words today. Ridonculous! We can do better than that.
Muse (in a chocolate coma): Maybe if you can get your characters to stop dancing around each other …
Me: That’s your job. Inspire me.
Muse: I’m off to Fiji …
Me: Today’s achievement – I made soup. (No, this photo was the stew my husband made. You don’t want to see what the soup looked like)
Muse: Your edits for Secrets are here!
Me: But I want to work on Heart.
Muse: Too bad. Edits first, write later. And by the way, if you don’t stay off Facebook, you’ll never get anything written or edited.
Running total: 6323/50, 000
To be continued ….
4 thoughts on “Procrastination and a Mutinous Muse”
A bit of fun! 🙂
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Thanks for sharing it with me 🙂
I love it. Great post. I love your muse and who could say no to Lowndes. Not me. He’s the only sports person on wheels I’d say that to. For all my sport loving, petrol never does it for me. Except Bathurst. and Lowndes.
xx love you and your muse
Thank you, Lily! Love you too ❤ (and Lowndes and Tander!)
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