It’s time for another round of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. Even though I can’t believe another month has come and gone, it has (I know I’m singing my all-too-familiar-tune). If you haven’t taken a virtual ride from the image and traveled to blogs heretofore unknown to you, do it now. What are you waiting for?
On to my own insecurity.
This month, I’m practically coming out of my skin from nerves, anxiety, excitement and… I’ve been querying my first manuscript as I begin writing my second. All was going as expected: rejections, with a mix of form letters and more personalized little notes. Then – boom. A partial request. I was thrilled and repeat the litany of adjectives already mentioned above. Weeks passed and nothing. I began to think that another rejection was poised and ready to fly into my inbox.
But that’s not what happened.
I received a full request. EEEKKKK! My first one.
I sent it right away and then the email stalking began. I have checked my email over a hundred times in the week and a half since that request, even over the holidays when the agent’s assistant said they would be out of the office. Geez. I need a head slapping emoticon or one where I can roll my own eyes. I even made myself aware of the average wait times for full reads – about two months for those of you who haven’t pathetically googled every website about random such info. Every. Single. One.
Still nothing. Argh… I’m coming out of my skin waiting, even though I know the odds are long, and I’m still at the beginning of the marathon that is publishing. Did I already say argh?
Anyways, my question is:
How do other writers maintain their focus, sanity and normalcy during this process?
Now on to our regularly scheduled news break.
This first piece is not really news per se, but sooooo cool. I want to try this. Well, not really. But I do want to watch it done. 🙂
It’s the zombies. They eat brains, you know? Zombies, I tell you.
And in a nod to my teaching side, an explanation about how one of science’s most famous theories makes a lot of modern life possible. Thanks, Einstein!
Until next time. Enjoy the news.