Is This the Writer's Version of Nesting? On Deadlines and Pantries

If you follow me around the interwebs, you probably know I'm right at the end of my deadline with book 5, NEED YOU TONIGHT, which is Kade's book. That means inside my head is all chaos and buzzing and blinking panic buttons.

So what did I do this weekend? Write? You would think. But no, I try not to write on the weekends. I write 6-8 hours a day five days a week. So in order to maintain some semblance of sanity, I reserve weekends for family time, fun stuff, and errands/housework (you know, that pile of...everything that builds up during the week when I'm in crazy writing mode.)

And this weekend I was feeling particularly motivated to organize EVERYTHING. That's usually not my style. No one would ever give me a housekeeping award. But I felt this compulsive need to pull everything out of my pantry and fridge and clean it out. And I realized it's because everything is so crazed and frantic with my writing right now. My inner chaos needed outer order.

I guess I'm nesting but instead of birthing a baby, I'm about to birth another book.

So here's one of my projects from yesterday. 


PANTRY BEFORE: (hmm, kind of looks like how my brain feels right now)


The De-boxification process (like editing except you get to throw stuff on the floor):


PANTRY AFTER (what I hope my book structure looks like when I'm done):

Ahh, that's back to writing.

So am I the only one who starts nesting when it's time to finish a book? Or if you're not a writer, what do you do to center yourself when your feeling chaotic?