Lately, I’ve been pretty much off the radar with a LOT of people (i.e. my buddy and confidant, Kathy Calarco). 😦 With so much going on and time winding down before my due date–I’m 35 wks with Baby Girl already assuming the head-down position–I’ve been busting my butt to get things done and not all of them are writing related.
So what’s on my To Do list?
1. Finish putting up the sticky decorations on BG’s walls.
2. Pack for the hospital. Do you think I need to bring a baby bag? If so, what the heck do you put in it other than diapers, wipes, and Desitin? The milk containers are on my chest, so no worries about bottles just yet. 😉
3. Get as much done on the day job before I go on my 8-week maternity leave.
4. Plot stories for STRIPPED part 2 and book three of my werecheetah series, write a novella (already contracted), finish revisions for TSIH, and give a once-over on a short story (possible series in the works) I had targeted for Samhain.
5. Stop by the fire department and get a sexy fireman to show me how to put the baby seat in right. Um…I *know* how to do it, but there’s no way I’m passing up a gawking opportunity like that. 😀
6. Set up my hair appointment because it’ll be the last thing on my mind before I give birth, and I’m not ready to let what little beauty I have go to the dogs just yet. I don’t care how much pain I’ll be in.
7. Figure out how we’re going finagle a Thanksgiving meal around BG’s birth. She’s due on the 23rd, so anything is possible, including an interruption on Thanksgiving Day. As long as I get my turkey, stuffing, pie, cabbage, and green bean casserole, I’m good.
8. Baby shower on Halloween Day! Woohoooooooooo! I’m trying to get people to dress up. Heck, I might dress up. 😈
9. Put together my list of people to call when I go into labor.
So as you can see, my plate is pretty full for the next month. The weird thing is when I think about everything I have yet to do, I wonder if this is what my childbirth educator was talking about when she mention nesting. It’s not just about cleaning for me. It has to do with making sure everything is ready and set before I go. To the hospital, that is. I don’t want to go anywhere until I know everything is in place. Otherwise, it’ll plague me to no end. Heck, it might take one of those sexy firemen to drag me out of the house and cart me to the hospital.
But then I started to wonder if my nesting was anything like plotting a story. I wouldn’t know because the only preparation I do is write a book-cover blurb to give me an idea of what the story is about and where it’s going. The rest is pantsing.
I have to wonder if perhaps I had taken these same measures before starting a book, how would it affect the way I write one. Would it? I honestly don’t know and don’t want to experiment either. But am I curious. What sort of rituals or things do you do to prepare you for starting your next project?