FIRST OFF: Congrats to Sarah II as I am awarding you a copy of SHATTERED CIRCLE for your entry in last week's contest, specifically the one referring to Persephone.
You said: Persephone: She's a fighter, and while she attempts to handle everything thrown at her gracefully, the girl can't seem to catch a break. The rendition of Swan Lake by The Agonist suites her I think. She's powerful, complex, and very human. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqvUIyoDgXU
And I say, Sawn Lake by The Agonist wins! So drop your shipping address in an email to me: rockinwriterlinda@yahoo DOT com.
SECONDLY: Come and check me out today at http://www.jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com/2013/01/fellow-ohioan-author-linda-robertson.html
That link should take you to where I am, but you might have to click on something else if you catch this after today. Jodie Pierce interviewed me and she'll be posting that today so get over there!!!! (After you read this here....)
It was a dark and stormy night. The author was sick in bed. Her fever was high. Her chills were frequent and relentless when they struck.
And a deadline was looming.
Been there? Yup.
Cold meds knock me out. Heck, acetaminophen will make me sleepy. Daytime non-drowsy medicine will make me take a nap. The night-time stuff...don't plan on me being conscious for about 12-16 hours. Seriously. I cannot take meds and work. If I'm sick, I'm sleeping.
So for me, the deadline will be missed...unless I medicate and get over it quickly, or do not medicate and keep plugging on through it, that is. Soldier on!
But that sucks. If I'm ill, I'm working only if there is pressure and deadlines looming, otherwise I'm veggin'. If I HAVE to be productive while ill, then I have to think the scene through until it's a clear outline or I'll get lost.
Bottom line is, as an author, I may answer to editors...but I'm my own boss. I work hard to be ahead of the deadline because I know, as a mom, that things happen. Being ahead of schedule will save your ass way more times than it will get your ass kicked.