Deadline Blues

April 23, 2015

vertical rhubarb stalks

Friends, I am feeling more than a little bit unhinged right now. I can count the number of days before this book is due on my fingers and toes and I am feeling every morsel of that stress. I am embarrassed to admit how many times I’ve lost my cool over the littlest things.

So I’m just going to leave this picture of rhubarb here in place of a recipe, canning tips, or anything truly useful. I’ll be back with something more fulfilling soon.

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  • Just wanted to tell you to hang in there. I was feeling a little unhinged myself which is why i found myself unable to sleep an on this site when i read this post. Please know that there are people who truly love and appreciate all that you do. I havent been canning for a long time but it has become a huge stress reliever for me and your site had kept me informed and inspired. Just know you are very much appreciated.

  • You can do it!! You’ve already done the major work by building the necessary expertise and inspiration. Your book will set up like a jar of jam–beautifully and right on time. You’ve got it, Marisa.

  • I just want to thank you for putting so much effort, energy and love into your work. Your first two books inspired me to take up canning, something that always scared me. I am a buyer for the next one, whenever it’s ready.

  • Take the time for yourself now – we’ll all be here when you get back!

    Sending you love, inspiration, peace – and the joy that you experience doing something you know and love to share with all of us – how wonderful is that!

  • Congratulations on this book! I think its awesome you have this incredible blog and book deal. Your creativity is wonderful and I love reading your work. You’re doing great. The stress shall pass. Good luck!

  • You can do this!! All good things are worth waiting for, and this book is a good thing! We’ll be here when you get back 🙂

  • Deep breathing. Focus. Repeat. Get out in the fresh air and breath. Treat yourself to something totally off the chart for lunch. And a glass of wine. Go to a movie. Have dinner out in a restaurant that you have always wanted to go to, but haven’t. Yet. And dessert. And a glass of wine. You have some difficult times ahead of you and you need some fresh air in your sails! And Sail You Will! Give Yourself Every Possible Chance to Succeed! And You Will!!

  • The first thing I saw as I settled in to work this morning was your beautiful picture of rhubarb, and it made me happy 🙂 Sending you positive thoughts!

  • My husband who likes nothing!! And I do mean nothing is worried because our rhubarb is getting big and our strawberries are not fruiting yet. (We have had a colder than usual winter) He things strawberry/rhubarb jam is the bomb!!

  • Marisa, I am sending you well wishes and good vibes that you will finish all of your deadlines, without losing your mind. 😉 Your rhubarb photo actually reminded me to purchase some over the weekend, so THANKS! You’ll do great, and I can’t wait to read your next book. Still savoring Preserving by the Pint. GET IT!!! You rock!

  • Hang in there! Take lots of deep breathes. But don’t pass out! 😉 You can do this!!
    Your readers aren’t going anywhere if you don’t have time to post for a bit. We understand!

  • Whew, you are doing just the right thing and focusing on your deadline. Sometimes we all have to recharge our batteries. Rest up, get your deadline done, then come back to us.

  • Happy and calming thoughts coming your way!
    You spend the time and energy to do what needs to be done….we will be here supporting you all the way!
    (Love the rhubarb pic–spring is on the way, despite the thermometer which read 35 degrees this am!!)

  • I love the things you post in general but this may be my favorite thing yet. It it just like F*&k it. here is some rhubarb.

  • Go, Marisa! Hang in there. 🙂 Deadlines are always stressful – but you are almost there. You can do it!

  • Marisa, you will do GREAT and you will meet your deadline and you will not lose your mind. Best wishes!!! And I hope you can have just the kind of celebration you need when the deadline is past. I just sent a book (not mine, oh no) off to press a week-and-a-half ago and I was swearing in the wee hours to get it done. sighhhhh But you will do better than that 🙂

  • The rhubarb is fine. Don’t stress out over the blog – we’re all fine. What will be truly useful to all of us will be your new book! We all understand where you need to be now. Good luck – can’t wait to see it.

  • Rhubarb! I’m on my way to the store right now to buy some to go with my eight quarts of strawberries for canning. I’ll be thinking of you tomorrow in the kitchen – no new blog post required. 🙂 Hang in there!

  • Just wanted to let you know I’m thinking about you. I loved your first two cookbooks and can’t wait to see your next one.