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Sunday Report Card
Sunday, December 27th, 2009

I’m taking a break from the travelogue. It’s a lot of work getting those pictures posted! Besides I like my little routines.

Sundays are for reflection. Some of you may go to church to clear your head and heart. I prefer a different sort of internal process. I like to take stock of what I’ve accomplished and set plans for the next week—after giving myself a break for being less than perfect. Plus, a little meditation or a lot of affirmations helps get my head in the right place if I’ve suffered any disappointments (a rejection, a less than stellar review, a son who hasn’t called!).

Since I haven’t posted an SRP since before my trip, I thankfully have a little more to report than I would otherwise. You know December was all about the cruise—the first vacation that wasn’t centered around a writer’s conference since I became a writer. Not that I wasn’t being one aboard ship. I slammed some pages, interviewed travelers and crew (not that they knew it), and drank in setting details so that I could describe them later in a story. The cruise was lovely and just the right way to end a very strange year.

I haven’t finished anything so far this month. I am working on the last scene of Bad Moon Rising. I’m determined to get it out to you before the end of the month, but you all gave me a very difficult problem to overcome. How do I get a woman who has just met two very scrumptious men in the open and readied to have sex with them both?

I am halfway through a short story called Textile Free that I have to finish before the end of the month for another Cleis collection. By the way, I love writing those. Someday, I may just write a whole book’s worth of short stories of my own. There’s nothing more satisfying than wrapping up a story, and with shorts it doesn’t take weeks to get there.

My novella for Ellora’s Cave is giving me fits. It had such a cute opening, but the closer I get to the end, the more I know I didn’t get the conflict right. So, I’ve pushed it aside to give myself some think time. That one I’ll have to finish next month because I’ve dawdled over it so long.

I guess I’m having a crisis of confidence. I’m not the sort to sit around and cry when things don’t go exactly the way I want. Instead, I revise my plans. I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. I can’t stand it when I’m a crybaby, so instead, I have to get up, dust myself off, figure out what hasn’t worked, and change my course.

And with the new year just around the corner, I’m determined to step out on the right foot. I’m listing my resolutions. Have you started yours? Care to share?

BTW—I’ll be hosting the Ellora’s Cave chat loop this afternoon, 4 PM-8PM CST. Email me if you need the link!

8 comments to “Sunday Report Card”

  1. Booklover1335
    · December 27th, 2009 at 9:14 pm · Link

    One of my New Years resolutions read Delilah’s backlist 🙂 I haven’t started my resolutions for next year, except for maybe read my entire TBR…and let me tell you that would be a serious undertaking. Can’t wait for the next chap in Bad Moon Rising. I think this was such a great idea and loved voting for my fav choices.

  2. Cheryl McInnis
    · December 27th, 2009 at 9:25 pm · Link

    My New Year’s resolution is to become more organized. I don’t even want to think about how much time I waste looking for things that I’ve misplaced 🙄
    So…we’ll see how that goes!

    I’m also waiting for the next installment of Bad Moon Rising, bet it’s gonna be hot ;- )

  3. Delilah Devlin
    · December 27th, 2009 at 10:34 pm · Link

    Booklover! VERY good answer! :mrgreen:
    Yeah, Bad Moon Rising has certainly been fun. The things people recommend when they email…

  4. Delilah Devlin
    · December 27th, 2009 at 10:36 pm · Link

    Cheryl! That’s one of mine too! Starting with my closets and drawers, then headng to my office where I can hardly find a thing in the filing cabinet! And yeah, just got to the threesome scene in BMR. Whew!

  5. Tracey D
    · December 28th, 2009 at 10:00 am · Link

    I just discovered Bad Moon Rising and loved it. I can’t wait for the next installment.

    I’m going to do volunteer work for my New Year’s resolution. I’ve been doing some research and have contacted a couple of nursing homes. I hope to hear something next week.

  6. Delilah
    · December 28th, 2009 at 10:17 am · Link

    Tracey! Good for you!! My daughter worked in one for a while. She told me a story about an old man who dressed in a freshly laundered white shirt and dark pants and packed his bag everyday to catch the boat to Cuba.

  7. Nichole
    · December 28th, 2009 at 9:20 pm · Link

    I loved the voting. It’s great fun to have a part in deciding which way a story goes.

  8. Delilah
    · December 28th, 2009 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Nichole! As I’m writing the chapter I’m wondering what the heck I was thinking and how I can spin off ideas for you to choose among for the next installment!

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