Motherhood & Words

deadline, oh beautiful deadline

It’s been a whirlwind around here. D has been rebuilding our garage with his dad and brother, transforming it from a run-down shed (what a neighbor boy accurately called it once) into a real garage with electricity and a garage door and a ceiling actually high enough for a garage door opener. They have been sweating it out in the back yard for over a week now, and I’ve been spending long afternoons with the girls, grilling hamburgers and watching them jump in the pool, splashing water on each other until their laughter transforms into whining and crying and hair-pulling.

I have also been writing and revising and writing and revising in my one-and-a-half hours each morning, trying to finish the memoir by September 1. (I realize that I’ve moved my deadline. Cut me some slack.)

The good news is that I finally feel like I’m moving the book forward. I’m past those hard middle chapters and I can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t get me wrong; I still have pages and pages to write, but for the first time I feel as though finishing it is a real possibility. I’m getting close. Which is why it’s frustrating that I don’t have more time to work on it right now.

But maybe it’s better this way. I’m out the door to the coffee shop as soon as I wake up, and each morning I’m excited to dive back into the narrative. Maybe the fact that I need to write 65 (or 70?) pages in the next three weeks is exactly the kind of fire under my a** I needed.

Hello, fire. Meet my a**.

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Kate

I have been teaching creative writing for almost twenty years. Reading about other women’s lives and experiences has expanded my world. To be able to walk in someone else’s shoes, whether it’s for a moment or an hour or a few days, is an incredible gift, providing me with insight into the human experience. It takes courage to write your truths, especially if it doesn’t seem as though anyone cares, as though anyone is listening. Let me tell you: your stories matter, I’m listening, and I’m here to help you find the heart of those truths, to get them down on the page, to craft them, and to send them out into the world. Together, we will change the world, one story at a time.

9 Comments

  1. Leightongirl on August 9, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Fire is good. Keep a glass of water nearby if it gets too hot!



  2. Elizabeth on August 9, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Good news! Keep going!



  3. Andrea on August 9, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Yea! Good luck.



  4. cath c on August 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

    hahaa! i know the feeling, i keep moving my edits deadline, too. but really, i want it done and to my writing group for a last once over before sending it out. that last printout for wg deadline is end of aug. hmmm, 3 weeks ticking away and the start of school for older 2 who haven't finished their summer reading reports, and still exploring preschool options…i better get busy! fire meet, my a**, too!



  5. cath c on August 9, 2010 at 10:50 am

    hahaa! i know the feeling, i keep moving my edits deadline, too. but really, i want it done and to my writing group for a last once over before sending it out. that last printout for wg deadline is end of aug. hmmm, 3 weeks ticking away and the start of school for older 2 who haven't finished their summer reading reports, and still exploring preschool options…i better get busy! fire meet, my a**, too!



  6. Amber on August 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Go, Kate, go! You can do it!

    *waving pom-poms crazily*

    Woo-Hoo, Kate!!



  7. Ines on August 10, 2010 at 10:23 am

    I am also cheering for you, Kate. Sending you lots of hugs….



  8. kate hopper on August 12, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Thanks everyone! Your cheering helps a ton!



  9. Cecilia on August 31, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    How are you doing now, Kate? I realize I'm commenting on the eve of your deadline. (I'm catching up after a trip to my parents'.) Hope everything's going smoothly! Keep us posted!