1-- *WHEEE!!!* I'm writing a book (or painting a mural or sculpting something out of marble or writing a symphony or whatever your artistic heart embraces) and it's gonna be great and I've got all the time and all the enthusiasm in the world!
2--*pushes up sleeves* Okay, this is where things get tricky! C'mon, let's fuckin' craft!
3--*swallows grimly and takes another hit of coffee* I've done this. I've done this. This is a walk in the park. I can totally get this done.
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5--*openly sobs* It's just so looooooonnnngg…. I'll be working on this until I daaaaeeeeeeee…. I will never have another project… they'll inscribe this shitty magnum albatross on my fucking tooooooooommmmbb….
6--*crazy eyes* Oh hell! What did I forget? There's a thing wrong, a thing I missed, a big thing, a thing that will make or break the entire project, where does the thing go, where should I put the thing, oh my God there's more than one thing! I must find the thing/put the thing/fix the thing/ add the thing THIS POJECT WILL STAND OR FAIL ALL ON THE WEIGHT OF ONE FUCKING THING!!!
7--*hysterical laughter* It doesn't matter. It just doesn't fucking matter! I shall write/paint/craft/orchestrate what-the-fuck-ever because it just. doesn't. matter. *moar maniacal cackling*
8--*looks up from pile of giggling/sobbing hysteria* Oh. Oh damn. I see… can you see it? Is there fucking light at the end of the tunnel?
9--*exhausted but focused* I can see it. I can see the light! I SHALL GET TO THE END OF THE TUNNEL! I SHALL GET TO THE LIGHT! Don't fuckin' bother me kids, I'm riding the fuckin' dragon, I can see the goddamned motherfuckin' LIGHT!
10--*looks around in wonder* Oh, this is the light. It's, uhm… well, I need to edit. But, well, light. Light's good. Light is like having a life. I may get six hours of sleep tonight-- that's swell.
11--*tries to scratch itch between shoulder blades that no regular human on earth can get* Okay, that project is all very well and good, and we are done with it and in the editing stages, but… but… but…
WHAT SHALL I WORK ON NEXT?
So. For those of you wondering where I am right now as I finish Quickening, the fifth book in The Little Goddess series?
I'm on stage 9.
(Also-- this post relates directly to Immortal because our man Teyth gets stuck on stage nine… and it's a really dangerous time for an artist. It's when we lose ourselves.)