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In honor of finishing my WIP (work in progress), I bring you today’s dose of inspiration:

“Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” 

– Ovid

Well, my WIPpage (or would it be WIPpedness?) – that is, my recent state of being WIPped – has finally paid off. This morning before work I sent my manuscript, synopsis and query letter to my book doctor! (Yay! At last!) After paying $20.20 to overnight it – I needed every last minute of editing time I could scrounge up – I felt a sense of peace settle over me, assured that (God-willing and barring anymore natural disasters) my package will arrive on time and in pristine condition. I also felt confident that after months of editing, my WIP is the best it can possibly be (well, for now).

So, now what? I’m sitting here, gnawing at my cuticles and wiggling my legs restlessly as I ponder what to do with my sudden abundance of free time. So naturally, I made a list.

Here are the 10 things I plan to do over the next 2-3 weeks of WIPlessness:

  1. Rest my eyeballs.
  2. Get caught up on sleep. (Yes, this is different than #1).
  3. Loaf in my pajamas all day Sunday (it’s supposed to rain – perfect weather for a day the in the cave, a.k.a. my living room with the blinds drawn) and watch the pile of movies that hubby and I bought when we found ourselves buzzed and wandering around in the electronics department of Target.
  4. Take hubby out to dinner and remind him that despite my recent WIPpedness, he’s still my main squeeze.
  5. Tackle the teetering tower of books that I keep buying (but not reading) and stacking on my bedside table.
  6. Hit the bike trail with my new hybrid. (See how I’m getting progressively more motivated as the list goes on?)
  7. Research Greek mythology for my upcoming trip. (Anyone have any book recommendations?)
  8. Compile a database of agents to target once my WIP is finally complete. (Something you may not know about me: I love compiling databases of things).
  9. CLEAN! I’m not talkin’ about your standard straighten and tidy; I’m talkin’ a serious, break-out-the-steam-mop, empty-the-crumbs-out-of-the-bottom-of-the-toaster, clean-the-dirt-out-of-the-sliding-door-track, actually-move-the-coffee-table-when-I-vacuum CLEAN!
  10. Come up with a tenth thing to add to this list because “10 Things” sounds so much better than “9 Things.” Any suggestions?

My manuscript, query letter, and synopsis are due to my book doctor in a matter of days which means only one thing: I’ve become completely and utterly whipped by my WIP (work in progress). Our relationship (my WIP’s and mine) started out healthy, a date each morning before work, some weekend get togethers and so on. But lately things have spiraled out of control and it seems like my WIP is demanding my love and attention every free minute of every day. It’s bordering on unhealthy, I realize this, but thankfully it’s almost over.

Worried that you might be WIPped too? Here are 10 signs to be on the look out for:

  1. You see nothing wrong with bringing your 400 page manuscript to your spouse’s birthday dinner because, even though you don’t plan on actually reading it during dinner (that would be rude), the car ride to and from the restaurant = valuable reading time.
  2. In the debate between spending your time cleaning the house and grocery shopping vs. starving in your own filth and spending that extra time with your WIP, you embrace filthy starvation.
  3. You wake up in the middle of the night with a plot problem all figured out.
  4. You find manuscript pages in random places (your glove box, your gym bag, under your pillow).
  5. Your fingers are covered in papercuts and/or there are actual drops of blood on your pages.
  6. Your vision is beginning to deteriorate in your right eye.
  7. Outburts of hysterical laughter and hysterical sobbing occur out of the blue and for no real reason.
  8. You refer to yourself and your manuscript as “we.”
  9. Your words have started running together like you’ve just stumbled home from the bar. (In the last 24 hours I’ve written ringer (that’s ring finger), quetter (query letter) and in the last 30 seconds: humbled (that’s stumbled home). And no, Captain Morgan was not involved in any of this.
  10. And finally, your concept of time has become so skewed that you wake up in a panic on Saturday mornings and think it’s Wednesday when really it’s Sunday.

Anyone else out there WIPped? What crazy things have you experienced?

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