In my world, the phrase, “and so it came to pass,” usually doesn't refer to deadlines. As someone who spent nearly 20 years working as a reporter and news anchor, deadlines are sacred to me. That's why it was especially painful to miss a deadline that has been in place for nearly two years.
One of the challenges with the type of work that I do is that everything is a long term project. It takes at least a year for me to write an audio book and another one to produce it. Originally, I had set September 22, 2014 as the deadline to release Gadzooks! Another Quirky Audio Book. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be a reality.
While I'm in the final stages of finishing Gadzooks! I'm afraid to set another deadline, still stinging from missing the first one. I try not to be too hard on myself, remembering that I've put forth a major effort to meet my original deadline. I just didn't anticipate the final stages of this project would take so long to complete.
My husband, Michael, is the Executive Producer for all my projects. I was so grateful to Michael when he gently reminded me that when people get in a hurry, they loose money. That has become my mantra lately as I patiently iron out all the small problems which are causing me to miss my original September 22nd release date.
To all who have experienced this kind of missed deadline, I feel your pain. As a gentle reminder, there's no reason to have a bad ending just meet a deadline. Time may be fleeting, but there's still enough of it to go around. For now, then, let's celebrate the joy of a beautiful September day, trusting all is unfolding just as it should.