It's the fire that just got lit under my ass.
I had been working on the notion that the end of the summer was a loosely set, self-imposed deadline that the press really didn't care one way or the other about. I mean, they've probably got a backlog of good work: why would a month or so matter to them at all?
Except for in my email last evening was a not from the acquisitions editor checking in on the status of the manuscript. I said end of October.
So there. Now it's been said. Now, I just have to write it.