When I get toward the end of a writing project, I have a certain amount of nervous energy that bubbles around inside of me. I don't know if it's because I'm anxious to see what people will think of my new book, or if it's because my "to do" list grows much longer than I'm comfortable with. Finishing up a book is a tremendous amount of work. After I finish my draft and read it several times, my process is this: Beta readers, more personal revisions, professional developmental editing and proof-reading, further revisions, further edits (on the revisions), professional formatting, cover design, teaser/marketing material development, ARC distribution, copyright application, and eventually publication.
Over the last couple of weeks, my (nearly complete) YA novel More than a Moment, has been bouncing back and forth between me and my editor. In an effort to re-direct some of my excess energy, I started refinishing an old buffet cabinet that I picked up. I enjoyed a quiet day with my mom sanding and priming the old cabinet while my mother-in-law watched the kids for me.
Over the next couple of days I painted it by myself. It wasn't quite the color I imagined (I wanted that mason-jar-blue color), but it's close enough. My mom suggested spray painting the hardware that came on the buffet rather than replace it. I tried it and I love how it turned out. Up close it looks like it's enameled!
After waiting impatiently for it to dry, I gathered up all the hardware this morning. And wouldn't you know. I'm missing one screw. There's one knob that I can't yet attach. I guess I'll have to add "going to the hardware store" to my "to do" list.