Why Do I Torture Myself?

Marilyn and family at home.

Despite all my positive words about how much I love writing and doing blog tours, as I’m working on this tour, I realize how time-consuming and mind rattling it really is.

Because I have this great compulsion to hurry up and get things done, instead of only doing a bit at a time, I find that impossible. When a big job like putting together a blog tour is on my to-do list, nothing will do except to get busy and tackle it.

And it’s not just blog tours, it’s any big project that I have on my list. Oh, I didn’t mention my list before?  I’ve always kept a list and it has on it everything I need to do, from the most mundane to my writing projects. I didn’t realize what a compulsion that is until my great-granddaughter who is four and likes to copy things I do, came to show me her list. Her mother helped her write it. She had a lot more fun things to do on hers than I have on mine like visit Trinity, tumbling class, watch her favorite TV show.

Frankly, I won’t be able to relax until all my blog posts are sent out to my hosts along with a picture of the cover and one of me. Then I probably won’t relax, but I can work on something else until the time comes for the tour to begin.

Since this post is nearly at the end of the tour, by the time you read this, I’ll nearly be through.
I hope everyone who follows along will either be entertained, learn something new about me or my writing, and/or be intrigued enough to want to read either the new book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Unresolved, or one of the earlier ones.

Do any of you other authors keep lists and have a compulsion to hurry up and finish what’s on your list?

F. M. aka Marilyn Meredith

#13 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Unresolved Blurb:

Rocky Bluff P.D. is underpaid and understaffed and when two dead bodies turn up, the department is stretched to the limit. The mayor is the first body discovered, the second an older woman whose death is caused in a bizarre manner. Because no one liked the mayor, including his estranged wife and the members of the city council, the suspects are many, but each one has an alibi.

Copies may be purchased from Book and Table by emailing bookandtablevaldosta@gmail.com with a 10% discount and free shipping as well as all the usual places.

Bio: F. M. Meredith lived for many years in a small beach community much like Rocky Bluff. She has many relatives and friends who are in law enforcement and share their experiences and expertise with her. She taught writing for Writers Digest Schools for 10 years, and was an instructor at the prestigious Maui Writers Retreat, and has taught at many writers’ conferences. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and serves on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. She lives in the foothills of the Sierra. Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

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16 Responses to Why Do I Torture Myself?

  1. Thank you so much, Karen, for hosting me today. I had fun writing this post, though it is a bit on the revealing side.

  2. Finished the book. As always, it’s a good one!

  3. paul fahey says:

    Hi, Marilyn, yep, I keep lists. It’s the only way I can remember to do things that need to get done. Like yours from the mundane of doing laundry to writing projects. I’m compulsive once I start a book. I just finished writing a memoir of my unconventional single mother. I revised, cut, and polished it and couldn’t stand to read it one more time, so off it went to the publishers. Fingers crossed on that front. But I couldn’t stop till it was done. So I’m like you in that respect. I still don’t understand how you get so much done. I’m in awe of what you accomplish. 🙂

    • Hi, Paul, you were concerned that you post didn’t come through, but looks like you did two. Thank you, and I’m not surprised that you have similar compulsions.

  4. paul fahey says:

    Hi, Marilyn, yep, I keep lists. It’s the only way I can remember to do things that need to get done. Like yours from the mundane of doing laundry to writing projects. I’m compulsive once I start a book. I just finished writing a memoir of my unconventional single mother. I revised, cut, and polished it and couldn’t stand to read it one more time, so off it went to the publishers. Fingers crossed on that front. But I couldn’t stop till it was done. So I’m like you in that respect. I still don’t understand how you get so much done. I’m in awe of what you accomplish. 🙂

  5. JL Greger says:

    I keep lists so I don’t miss deadlines. I only get compulsive when the deadline is near. Of course, I set a lot of unnecessary deadlines for myself.
    Maybe, we’ve discovered the personality type of writers who complete more than one or two books.

    Now I’ve got to do some publicity on my latest thriller, RIDDLED WITH CLUES.

  6. Ah, dear Janet–yep, I set deadline for myself too–and isn’t it fun (not) to be writing a book while promoting another?

  7. I’m a list-keeper, too. Unfortunately, I sometimes forget where I put them. I’ll bet you’re already writing a list for things leading up to the next book.

  8. Gloria Getman says:

    Oh, my yes. A calendar, to do list, story idea list, long term list, short term list, grocery list, books to read list. It’s never ending.

  9. Yep, Gloria, that’s the way we are.

  10. LD Masterson says:

    Yup, I’ve got a couple lists going. I’m so addicted to checking things off, if I happen to do something that’s not on a list, I’ll go back and add it just to check it off. And Unresolved is on my TBR list.

  11. Radine Trees Nehring says:

    I understand lists and the compulsion to complete them. Now, as a senior citizen author, I am doing more to pick activities that don’t “put me in a tizzy.” Spending more time on hubby-chosen activities as well. He has supported me full time since he retired (he calls himself my baggage handler and chauffer) but he is also my business manager, and I am grateful.