So, so happy today to hear that I have an extra month to complete the novel. The extension was granted at my request. It was a total time issue. After a productive trip to Albany at the end of May, I was hoping to dive back into writing and sidestep all the end-of-the-school-year craziness. But I’ve found myself sucked into the PTA vortex, leaving little time for character and plot development. My hope is that once the school year ends, it’ll be clear sailing, and I’ll really be able to focus and finish, although my mother-in-law is of a different opinion. (I love my mother-in-law… I love my mother-in-law… Kidding aside, I actually do.)

It’s always a mental struggle when asking for extra time on a project. Should I? Shouldn’t I? As an editor, I’m often asked by my writers for more time, and, if I can, I’m happy to oblige. Sometimes life gets in the way of meeting a deadline, or the material is more complex than anticipated. In my case, I’m really striving to do something interesting with Baby Grand, to make it psychologically stimulating as well as “hold onto your seatbelts” gripping. And for that, by the looks of my June calendar, I’ll need more time.

And thank goodness my agent agrees, that it’s best, particularly with Novel #1, to take a little more time and do it right.

I’m elated, and relieved. The panic has abated, at least for now.

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