Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kari's Kave: It's the Final Coundown!

Every have a song you can't get out of your head?

That's me lately.

It's the Final Countdown! keeps playing over and over and over....

We always take a family vacation to Florida in February to visit my parents. I love going, and so do the kids. We stay with my parents and eat like kings and queens. My mother is an amazing cook :-) We swim, play golf, ride all over in the golf cart, play botchi ball, shuffle board, tennis, etc. And we always go to at least one theme park (this year animal kingdom again :-) and of course the flee market! I think I want to go to the ocean for a day as well.

Usually, my hubby drives the whole way and I get soooooo much writing done. Here's why...when the kids were babies (remember, I have 4!!!) they would cry and fuss and demand so much attention. I spent most of the trip feeling car sick as I turned around and tended to them. Once I even shook a rattle for 4 hours straight just to keep the peace. I kept saying, "Honey, you want me to drive?" to which he would ALWAYS reply, "Nope. I'm good, but thanks for asking."

Fast forward to today. The kids are glued to the movie screen, their iPods, cell phones, game systems, etc. They are self-sufficient and require NO care now. So when hubby says, "Honey, you want to drive?" I just smile as I respond, "Nope. I'm good, but thanks for asking."

Karma baby :-)

So hubby listens to his music while I bring my laptop and write all day long for both days down (20 hours). And then I write all day long for both days back (20 hours). That's 4 full days total (40 hours total). I always get sooooo much done.

And if he's really good (and I'm stuck), once in a while I do give him a break and drive for maybe 2 hours in which he sleeps and I think :-) I get a lot of mental plotting done that way.

Well, this year will be different. Ugh.

Hubby's previous job he had 8 weeks vacation. So when he lost his job and then landed an even better job, we were relieved and thrilled. The only downfall was that he would only get 2 weeks vacation. What we didn't realize is that he doesn't get those days up front. He has to acrue those days over the course of the first year. That means he will only have like 3 days vacation earned by our trip.

Remember karma? Oh yeah. Now it's my turn to get payed back.

I am driving down alone with the kids, and he is flying to join us mid-week and then driving back with us. Now I have to drive the whole way alone. Well, my oldest has his license so I might let him drive a couple hours in the middle to give me a break, but pretty much, it will be all me.

Yay....NOT....grrrrrr

I am still really excited to go, and my brain will need a break by then anyway. Book three TROUBLE IN THE TAROT is due March 1st, so my plan is to finish the book in the next 5 weeks, then give it to my CP (our very own Barbie Jo) to read while I'm on vacation. Then I will have 1 week to polish it when I get home and turn that puppy in.

Meanwhile, hopefully, I'll plot book four while I drive. Note to self: remember to bring mini cassette recorder with me :-)

So.....let the countdown begin and wish me luck. I'm on page 66 and must get to around 320 in 5 weeks. That means writing 3 chapters a week or 50 pages a week (which is only 10 pages a day with weekends off...so doable!). Then it's fun in the sun a big ole bottle of wine :-)

So tell me, what kind of countdown are you on these days ?

13 comments:

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Any vacations in your future or something you're looking forward to? I will be sooooo ready by the time mine gets here.

Lindsay said...

Vacation-I'm on a permenate one now that I'm retired.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I will so need this vacation! But I have to say I'm loving where book three is taking me :-)

Anita Clenney said...

Oh, I remember those days, getting cricks in my neck from turning around to deal with squabbles and cries. It's great that the kids are older. We always have a long (not that long) drive to Birmingham, but even on the straight stretches of road, I get nauseous if I look down too much, so I envy you. You've got a lot of writing to do. But I KNOW you can do it. You can crank out those pages. Good luck!

Liz Lipperman said...

Have a great time, Kari. You will need it after writing all those pages. I need about 80 more to write "the end" but life keeps interfering.

Knowing you, you will get it done!!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Sounds like you're going to do fine with your drive. Safe journey. Last year was my first trip to Florida with the exception of nationals year before last. I loved being there in February, especially when it was 16 degrees at home with lots and lots of snow. Have fun.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Thanks Anita! I am so looking forward to this trip. I always NEED it by then, so it's a great escape. And the kids schedules are so busy, it's great to get away together.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

80 pages in about 3 weeks....you can SO do it, Liz! And I'm sure this book will be as great as the other two :-)

Kari Lee Townsend said...

I love going to Florida in February, Paisley! Even 60 or 70 feels like heaven when it's 20's and 30's at home :-)

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