How often to you make promises? Daily? Monthly? Never?
I rarely do because it's always so difficult for me to keep them. Once the promise is made, it's imprinted on my mind and at the forefront for a while. I end up obsessing over it. My most pressing promise at the moment? One I made to my critique partner. After our last meeting, she made me promise not to do any crafty things (i.e., felt or sew) during the daytime in lieu of writing. It's fine to do those things once the kids are in bed for the night, but not when they're at school or taking naps (which is becoming a rarity, sad to say---I'll have to change my blog title!).
So although I'd like to be making something with my hands right now to get that high I get whenever I finish a project (that happens, what, once every other year or so with writing? Never?), I am sitting down with my computer on my lap. Writing. Well, blogging, but I'm also writing. Just taking a break because I already reached 1/3 of my writing goal this morning. And the water is boiling for tea.
Fortunately, the promise came with a gift: she made me feel, once again, like my book is worth it. I'm filled with optimism and energy. Now, I just know that this story is going to be amazing. And she surprised me, too. She said, "you're almost at the end of the book already." *
Me: What? But I'm only halfway through.
Her: No, this is closer to the climax.
Me: But there's not that much written.
Her: All that stuff we said needs to go in earlier? You can write that in, in-between what you've already written.
Me: *stunned silence as I am realizing she might be right*
Her: So go write it already.
Me: *stunned silence as I am realizing the end of the road is closer than I'd thought*
Her: And no felting!
* Conversation as I remember it. There were probably more "ums" involved.