'Nother newbie confession: I suffer with completion anxiety issues.
For me, it's impossible to begin a new project until the one already on the needles is completed. The same is true for me in writing. Nothing will make me crazier than having to stop working on the current book to put together a one page summary of the next book for my editor. Forget the fact that I usually don't have more than a glimmer of an idea for the next book and I need to be brilliant about this one page summary thing. Just asking me to step out of the story for even a brief period of time is enough to send me to the cookie jar in search of comfort.
When I delve into a project, whether it's a knitting one or a writing one, I'm obsessed with it. I'm like one of those squirrels busy, busy, busy collecting nuts and what not to survive through the long winter months ahead. I must continue onward, collecting every last stitch, or every last word, until the project is completed. It's a sickness, I tell you!
Hence my current sojourn into deep panic mode. Not only do I have my next romantic suspense novel due to my publisher in a matter of days and ?? more chapters to go until I reach The End, but I'm also determined to finish the sweater pictured above by this weekend. (As you can see I finally figured out how to get the pic from my phone to my computer!) It will make me crazy to start in on the Sock Hop project if I have an unfinished project on the needles. Oy! What's an anal retentive like myself to do?
Breathe, Jamie. Just breathe.
[insert several deep breaths]
I so want to participate in the Sock Hop next week. And I want to do so absolutely guilt-free! But I have a book to finish. Did I mention my characters aren't all that cooperative at the moment? That's another rant...uh, I mean, blog post.
Wish me luck [she begged, as she reached deep inside the cookie jar...] I know I can do this. Right?