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new novel vs. baby on the way

it’s a race to the finish

place your bets

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  1. sonal | June 24, 2010 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    Baby FTW!

    Also, exactly what defines “completed” for novel – 1st draft? Ready to send out to publishers?

  2. morgue | June 24, 2010 at 9:16 am | Permalink


    i’m gonna define “completed” as “typed draft sent out to helpful readers” – I write in longhand so it’d be one version up from that

    last novel took about 2 years to get to that stage. one before that took about 4 months…

  3. Gator | June 24, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    The baby definitely wins. You type 12 words per minute! (I counted once….)

  4. Jet Simian | June 24, 2010 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    Yeah Morgue, I don’t fancy your chances!

    The house always wins…

  5. morgue | June 24, 2010 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Everyone loves an underdog.

  6. Jenni | June 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m betting on the novel all the way. Go go writing hand!

  7. Timb | June 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Novel I say!

  8. Karen | June 24, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Oh it has to be the novel… make sure it’s the novel, because once the baby comes, you may find time evaporates *poof* [as I typed that, Tom’s terrifying dream snake stole ten minutes and now I look around and there is mess and lunches to be made and soup veges to be prepped for the slow cooker in the morning, and my plans of blogging seem far-fetched] and returns in infrustratingly short bursts interrupted by tasks that can’t be left for later, because routines have to be routine or wee people become insecure and the resulting puddles of yellow, though occassionally custard-like are not sweet and vanilla-scented

  9. 2trees | June 24, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    If I remember correctly how you worked early mornings and religiously after work on one novel in the flat…..hummm….. my money is on you finishing just in time to greet the young one. Maybe not as polished as you had hoped but as close as you can be. Odds: even.

  10. Jet Simian | June 25, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Not to put a downer on this but someone has to say it. Don’t unexpect the unexpected!

    Guy I know had his kid arrive three months early and the bathroom’s still waiting to be finished. Just sayin.

    You guys will be f-i-n-e though. And now I know you have Routine, well…

  11. Janet | June 25, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink

    If it’s the baby then definitely not the novel for a while…

  12. Kirsten | June 25, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    My bets are on your productivity increasing as the due date nears, culminating in you putting the finishing touches to the novel while holding Cal’s hand through labour, determined that the novel should win.