Monday, May 18, 2009
The dreaded deadline
This past month I've had a lot of deadlines--some I knew about for months and a few others that popped up. I felt overwhelmed and swamped. I know that is redundant, but you get the picture--busy, busy. As I was thinking about those deadlines, I came to hate the word, deadline. It isn't a word that allows you to think peaceful thoughts. Dead--nothing peaceful about that. I think or corpses--remember I'm a romantic suspense writer. Even line is so definite--linear, no give or take there.
So my question to you is what would be a better word for a deadline. How about Next Day Celebration? Or Goal Achieving Line--oh, wait, I've got that word line again. Now you see why I need your help. What's a better term for what we refer to as the dreaded deadline? Tell you a secret. I never did like them in school either.
I have asked some people who visit my personal blog and I have gotten some good contenders. What do you all think about: live line, goal line, target line, finish line? So what do you say, let's change the way we think. No more deadlines. How about finish line or goal line?