(No, not the ninja mutant kind, although that would be cool too.)

Wow, how is it July 2nd already? My self-imposed July 19th deadline for finishing the Twenty-Somewhere proposal suddenly looms so close… Eep!

Well, I will be in Houston this weekend, visiting my parents for the holiday. I haven’t decided whether I’m better off catching up on sleep, or maintaining my 6-hours-a-night schedule so that my body doesn’t get confused and feel tortured when I come back. I’m leaning towards less sleep and more writing, though, particularly given what I said above. (TWO WEEKS? WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?)

Forget about the ticking clock; the writing has been going well. (Hope that doesn’t jinx it…) While I still monitor my word counts and push myself to devote more hours to writing, I’m trying to trust my instincts about the process. I’ve realized that blazing ahead regardless of quality doesn’t work that well for me; I have to like what I’m producing in order to want to produce more of it. At the same time, I can’t (and don’t) expect perfection on the first go-round.

So it’s about finding the right balance between quantity and quality.

I have to admit, I felt reassured upon reading that Tuck Everlasting author Natalie Babbitt works in a similar fashion. (Big thanks to Erin for lending me the book! It was lovely.) Along those same lines, Juliet Marillier posted a nice reminder on Writer Unboxed that slow and steady wins the race.

Well, really she explained that slow and steady CAN win the race, just the same as the quick and unpredictable hare.

As y’all may have noticed, I spend a lot of time wishing I were a hare. This past week, I finally embraced my turtle side, and I’m happy with the results. I think what I’ve come to realize is that, while I do need to strive for improvement and growth (just like any person in any career should), I’m better off recognizing where I currently am, instead of focusing so single-mindedly on where I want to be. After all, how can you get from Point A to Point B without first acknowledging where Point A really is?

So to all you turtles out there, take heart! And all you hares, hop on! And everyone in between, well, you’re groovy too.

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