Sunday, November 8, 2009



I was letting my mind roam during a bit of scene break paralysis last night (sometimes it's hard being a panster), and a niggling bit of discomfort seemed to need solving.  I finally realized that I'm in a holding pattern in several areas of my life, and the waiting is starting to get to me.

I have two manuscripts submitted that I should hear back about by the middle of the month.  Both are with editors and publishers that I haven't worked with in the past. So no poking, like I can get away with at my current houses, just waiting patiently for news...trying not to stalk my inbox, lol.

I should be grateful that my fam & I don't have the flu, but this nagging, clinging cold that we all shared just isn't going away, three weeks so far and no end in sight. Starting to think we'll never feel healthy again!

My computer is on its last legs but made the decision to wait until after the New Year to buy a replacement. 

My next release is in December, so a whole month to go through before that excitement hits.  I know, I got spoiled with my 'bing, bing' first two releases.  Still...

The list could go on, but in the interest of time, I will cut it off at the top few.  I'm normally an extremely patient person, so the light anxiety that I finally diagnosed is really hard to get a handle on.  I can keep myself busy (and boy, have I!), but the unresolved items continuously circle in my head like so many vultures. 

So who else feels the waiting game anxiety and how do you handle it?


  1. Oh I bitch and moan and whine about waiting all the time when I turn in submissions. I am so not a patient person. Not for anything. And it takes me a while to be able to turn off the waiting and checking email every two seconds brain and turn the writing brain back on. After a couple weeks, I get back to being really productive and often forget most of the time that I'm waiting for editors to get back to me. Until it gets down to the end of the 'you should hear from us in about (insert appropriate number)weeks', then I start whining more. I know it's not professional and gets on people's nerves and maybe I should just stay offline for the 4-6 weeks...but then, everyone will forget who I am. LOL

  2. I'm not a patient waiter, either. When I was an unpub, it was so much easier to submit stuff and wait the forever wait and not get antsy. But now...I think I've gotten spoiled. Any wait longer than two weeks is like....WAY too long. LOL. But you know what? I've gotten so used to always having something out there to wait for - be is an answer on a sub, edits, cover art, etc - that I get antsy when I don't have anything to wait for. There is a certain joy to be found in stalking your inbox. *g*

  3. I suck at waiting. A lot. I stalk my email relentlessly. And this is totally lame, but if I haven't gotten email in a long time (you know, like half an hour) I'll send myself a test message from another account just to make sure my email is working. Yeah...I'm just that lame.


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