Last night I was too tired from the drive to work, but I woke early this morning and didn't even go down for breakfast--just grabbed a slice of bread and some water, laid out the chocolate (Dagoba's dark chocolate with chili bits and nibs), put on the head phones and Bach's Cantata 40, "Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme" (Sleepers wake) and Magnificat and dove into it. Three hours later it was done. It was as good a run of first-drafting as I've felt for a long time. (Good first-drafting feels great while it's happening--it's all "flow", and for me a combination of the feeling of singing great music in concert and riding a course of fences without a hitch--in other words, negotiating complex difficulties smoothly.) Would've been nice to get it out of the way last week, so I could go look at prairie, but what matters is it's done by the deadline.
For those who *are* interested in the process, and what it takes to do this job, here are a few datapoints. I have had nothing but external difficulties for the past six months of this book--travel, illnesses, family crises, weather crises (from power outages and storms that required turning all the electronics off to multiple roof leaks during downpours--a 6 weeks almost daily problem), car crises, and finally the laptop I'd brought on this trip to work on the revisions had a major battery malfunction. Had to borrow someone else's laptop, order a new battery for this and have it shipped to the hotel where I would be next....(hurray--it was there when I arrived.)
What makes a pro is that pros keep writing even when...even when the pro is sick, the kid is sick, the horse is sick, the spouse is sick, the car has a fatal diagnosis, it's gorgeous outside, it's storming like h*ll outside, the power goes out, the furnace quits, the roof leaks, dinner catches fire, the computer dies...(all this happened, and more, in the past six months...) They keep writing, and they deliver on time, in reasonable form (even if not always up to their best, if the crises gang up on them in a Perfect Storm formation.)
This was not quite that bad...but it certainly pushed me very close to the wall, and I hope to stay about a third less stressed on the next ones. And now it's done. And I did it anyway, in spite of all that stuff. HA! (That's a happy HA!)