Deadlines: WHOOSH!

deadlines; whoosh!As Douglas Adams once said: “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by.” (The Salmon of Doubt)

I am terrible at writing to deadlines (unless it’s college work), and I’m even terrible at being in the right place at the right time. It kind of sucks when I am selling commissioned stories and writing for a blog, which I do once a month (although due to exams I haven’t over the last couple; I am working on an article at the moment, though), and sometimes, admittedly, I do struggle a bit (or, a lot).

I’ve recently gotten better keeping to dates and remembering stuff by using my iPhone’s calender to record what I’m doing, and when. Sometimes reminders help me, but I often forget to actually put them into my phone, and I’ve actually gotten pretty good at ignoring them.

But one thing does work, and that’s remembering what I’m doing and how it’s going to help me. No one is going to employ you if you turn up late to work every day, are they? No one’s going to buy your writing if you don’t deliver it on time, either!

That’s what I want you, dear reader, to take away from this: ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS deliver your work when you say you will! Word of mouth might seem like something people shrug at and don’t take seriously, and perhaps this is true for mediocre work. However, if something is really good or really bad, it tends to get around quickly. You want to be in the former category: that’s really good. Deliver on time, and it’s only when you’re a seriously renowned author that you can put your own deadlines on your work. I mean, c’mon, that’ll be awesome!

So, all in all: deliver on time, even early if you can. Be prompt in responses to work messages too. But don’t lose the quality of your work, which is something you’re going to have to compromise on. Quality, or speed? I say, settle for both. Take half of your “writing” time to write, and half to edit; then you’ll have something which works pretty well, and delivers pretty well too.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Arthur Dent’s day hasn’t been going well. He’s been lying in the mud all morning to save his house from being demolished, and then his entire planet has been demolished. He, however, was saved by Ford Prefect from Betelgeuse. Ford takes Arthur on a journey over the galaxy, teaming up with Ford’s cousin to find a supposedly mythical planet.

Yeah, yeah, it’s taken me ages to finally read this book, and I only really read it for my book club. But still.

I still don’t really know why, but I actually expected this to be an actual guide to the galaxy, like JKR’s Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. It’s not, if you were wondering; it’s an actual book with characters and a plot. (WHICH, BY THE WAY, FINISHED ON A CLIFFHANGER. SO NOW I NEED THE NEXT ONE. (I really have to stop doing this.))

Anyway, onto the actual book. I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as I hoped. I tend to read quite fast, but this book forced me to read more slowly because there were so many odd concepts. Perhaps if I were less stressed and more able to be free with my time, I would have enjoyed it more (perhaps a re-read and an updated review in the future??) – which is why I think I boosted the star-rating on GoodReads (4/5), because it’s not the book’s fault.

However, I did like that there was a complete universe in the novel (I mean, obviously there is, but a complete fictional one). The concepts, whilst causing me to read slower, were rather humorous and I enjoyed them.

That’s another thing: the writing style! I really liked it. It was funny, and went perfectly off-topic. There were some great analogies too.

(I finally get all of this and it makes me so happy.)

Whilst I did love the characters and found them interesting, even a bit weird, I found that Hitchhiker didn’t have quite the ‘uumph’ for me that I was hoping for. However, I did still enjoy it and all of the cool creatures, loopy landscapes and baffling plot. Even if you can tell from the adjectives there I’m still not entirely sure what I’ve read…

(I’d recommend this, obviously, for sci-fi lovers, but I think that anyone could like this novel. Aside from my mother (I’ve just asked her.).)

Also, interestingly, I originally gave this a 5 star review on GR. Perhaps I’m just in a bad mood and my memory is suffering from too many grumpy Ancient Roman satirists.