I am now sure I've made one of my better career decisions. What is it?
Not writing much in May, June and July and certainly not having any deadlines in those three months.
I realized that with wedding plans that include hosting two events and attending more, I wouldn't have the time, or be in the right place creatively, to do a lot of work on a book at this time. I figured this out after Christmas, though, so I did a lot of writing in January, February and March - a short story and two complete drafts of a novel.
The novel still needs more work, but I also gave myself a far-off deadline, so I have time to let it sit. I suspect it'll be the better for not being rushed while I have so many other things on my mind and taking time.
But one thing I know for sure, I'm a lot more relaxed about both the writing and the wedding than I would be if I hadn't made the decision to schedule time off from working on my book right now.