I learned a very important lesson as a writer. No matter how excited you are about finishing a chapter, even if you finished it before the deadline, you should never ever post a message to Facebook like “I finished Chapter 11. Woohoo!”
This resulted in a small Internet Service Provider crashing today as my parents were flooded with messages from well-meaning family members saying “What happened?” “I had no idea your daughter was in such financial trouble. How do we help?” It also caused worried and confused responses other friends and acquaintances who saw my Facebook post.
My parents said that it could have been worse: I could have posted that I finished Chapter 13. Lesson learned, Internet. I will make sure that any such triumphant posts I make in the future will contain the key words “in my novel.”