I finished the story I mentioned a few days ago, and I feel a thousand percent better now. It turns out I only added about ninety words to the thing before wrapping it. No sex, but then I don't add sex unless it's necessary, and in this case it wasn't. Hopefully not too many people will mind.
It's wonderful to be out from under the guilt, though. I still feel bad that it took so long, but it's done now and that's what matters. I remember a saying around work (I used to work for an electronics company -- we did R&D and systems integration in the signal processing field) that twenty years from now, no one will remember if you were late, but everyone will remember if it didn't work. I was late, but it works, and hopefully that's what folks will remember. :)
Next deadline is my Halloween short for Torquere, due on the fifteenth. That's not very far away, but I feel optimistic about it. I did last year's in less time, and it got me my first review, which was pretty cool. And heck, at this point any deadline that's in the future is a good one. [wry smile]
Speaking of deadlines, Writtenwyrdd has extended the deadline for her contest to Monday, so we've got the weekend to come up with some awesome setting descriptions.