Crunch Time Again! ~ But what does that mean?

Crunch time. We’ve heard it said many times. Everybody seems to have one and it means something different to each one of us. Basically it’s a deadline. Like being tied to a railroad track while a locomotive is bearing down on you. Can I get untied and off the track in time?

For a writer, there are many crunch times in the life of a book. For some, crunch time to get an outline or a proposal to the editor in time. Another one for the manuscript, the the revisions and rewrites. Copy edits reviewed. Endorsements and blurbs. Cover copy. Bio updates, author photos…. Whew! I could be here all day.

The next few days are crunch time for me as well as I get the final edits completed and review what my final proofreader discovered. So, now I making that last pass through the manuscript, seeing what mistakes she found. (And…shh…what I found that she missed) In 2 1/2 weeks, the final interior (and cover art) must be uploaded to the printer, so the pressure’s on. For this I need a quiet and distraction free environment. Maybe need is the wrong word. I really, really want a quiet and distraction free environment.

So what do I get? The owner next door who just bought the house and is having major repairs done just had some men fire up their chain saws and start felling trees. First one came too close to smacking the side of my house. Now my confidence in them is shaken so now I feel pressured to keep an eye on them while I try to work on my edits. It’s always something, isn’t it?

While I’m listening to dueling chain saws and my concentration derailed, I’m writing this post….Wait…


What do I hear?

Silence…could it be that the wannabe lumberjacks next door are finished or am I being lured into a trap? Is it a trick? Are they waiting for me to click ‘Publish’ before they fire up their blue smoke tree eaters again and keep me from my crunch time work?

Only time will tell. Either way, crunch time takes precedence. Time to find the earplugs and get back to work…..

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  1. Barry Eva on December 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

    I came across your books while doing my radio program re “The Next Big Thing” author tags.

    After reading about your works I wonder if you would like to be a guest on my internet radio show “A Book and a Chat”

    I have done over 500 shows and covers all kinds of novels.

    If you would care to be guest (it would be March as I am booked until then) please email me and let me know with “A Book and a Chat” as the subject line (

    Thank you

    Barry Eva

  2. KJ Waters on January 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Chuck, just nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. Check out the details on my blog, Happy New Years!

  3. Barbara Mojica on February 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Welcome to my world! You never know what is going to happen next. I find your website and blog interesting. Thanks for following on Twitter!

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