Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen! In this corner, weighing in at 20 pounds past the ideal, writer, complainer, and occasional blogger--me! And in the other corner, weighing in at (well, that's complicated since we'd have to discuss mass and known vs. unknown matter--argh--just go here)--the Universe!
(Early October) Round One: Ding-ding!
Me: I am so going to finish my short story even though it bloated into 26K novella on time. I can do this! Plus, I'm going to enter the IWSG Anthology contest. Take that, Universe!
Universe: Here, have a cold that will whip you abs in shape with a nonstop, near vomit-inducing cough. Wham!
(Mid October) Round Two
Me: I don't care if I have to expel a pound of snot! I'm writing that IWSG story come hell or high tissues!
Universe: Oh really? How about I give the same cold to your daughter? WHAP!
Me: I will tell my daughter I have deadlines. She will understand and go into a mind meld with her iPad mini.
Universe: True. But only for the first day. Then she'll stick to your side like velcro. For funsies, I'll let her cold develop into pneumonia so it'll last ten days instead of five. BLAMMO!
(Final week of October) Round Four
Me: I still don't care. I will give up Netflix in the evenings and finish both of my writing projects. Nothing will stop me!
Universe: The pneumonia isn't keeping your darling up enough. Let me throw in an ear infection. She's got super sensitive ears and now she'll want to stay up way past her bedtime to keep you company. And while I'm at it, here's a migraine to take away your last evening of work.
Me: I hate you.
(Saturday, Oct. 31) Round Five
Me: HA, HA, HA. I finished both writing projects and turned them in on time. I ROCK!
Universe: Bully for you. But you've forgotten one little thing.
Universe: Marketing. And here. Have another migraine. KER-WHAM!
Winner by a knockout: Universe.
How was October for you? Did you enter the ISWG Anthology contest?