I've worked to deadlines for years.
My life in the magazine business went like this:
"Susan, we need an enormous papier mache pumpkin for a centerpiece. The photo shoot is day after tomorrow. Can you have it in New York by 5:00 tomorrow?"
Meanwhile, I'm thinking, "It will take AT LEAST 24 hours for a giant paper mache pumpkin to dry . . . what are you people smoking?"
But before I can process the assignment and voice my concerns, they've hung up and are busy dreaming up the next impossible task.
And I've never missed a deadline yet.
But this one came awfully close!
I was actually afraid that Christmas in July was going to spill into August.
However, I'm pleased to announce that my Nativity project is finished (and I managed my usual bad snapshot! Hooray!)
Christmas in July nightmare (working title), Susan M. Hinckley, 2011
Just in time to be plopped in a box and delivered . . .
so I can leave on vacation tomorrow!
After I do a few million other things that have been neglected
because I've been working like a demented elf.
Hope you're all enjoying the last precious threads of July and not giving a thought in the world to Christmas. I've done enough thinking about that for all of us!
Small Works will return August 10,
relaxed and simply brimming
with post-vacation good cheer . . .
See you then!