Wednesday, March 11, 2009

I HATE Waiting


It's part of a writer's life.

That doesn't mean I like doing it.

Currently, I am waiting on several things. Not all of them writing related.

I am waiting to hear whether or not my wonderful editor Melissa Endlich can convince my senior editor to buy my next book. Melissa said she loved it, but maybe the senior editor of the line will hate it. Seeing as how I've been suffering severe writer's doubts lately, that seems like a likely scenario. Though Melissa has assured me that I have no reason to doubt my writing, the perfectionist part of me just can't let go of the "I'm not good enough" feeling. Strange since I've written twelve books already. Sigh.

I am waiting on pre-approval from China. I won't even go into that. Suffice to say....waiting is NOT fun.

I am waiting for spring. Seeing as how it is 14 degrees outside, there is a blanket of snow on the ground, the weatherman is calling for single digit temps and there is snow in the forecast for the weekend, I think I may be waiting for a long, long time.

Maybe I should bake some bread. At least waiting for the dough to rise has its benefits. That pungent yeasty scent that wafts from under the cloth. The slow rise that is obvious and noticeable and makes the wait much less painful. And then the certainty of success. I've baked enough loaves of bread to know when it's going to work and when it's not, and I only bother waiting for the ones that will. The best thing is that its in my control. I start the dough knowing how long it will take. I begin with the knowledge that the end of the process will occur in a rather defined amount of time.

If only the wait on everything else in my life could be so easily predicted!


Sabrina L. Fox said...

Ahhh. I'm starting the waiting process all over so I feel for you. :)

On another note, I picked up Cold Case Murder today. Sooo looking forward to diving into it.

And yum on the fresh baked bread. We used to eat fresh bread out of the bread machine all the time, but I've fallen out of the habit of making it. Hmmm, maybe I should do that this weekend. :)

Shirlee McCoy said...

I actually did make bread. No bread machine. I always make bread completely by hand. No mixers or machines. Kneading is rather soothing when you're in a mood (like I was).

So, I've now got two loaves of bread, but I'm still waiting on everything else.

Sabrina L. Fox said...

LOL. I got that you did it by hand. I was saying "we used to have it in the bread machine" I do not like kneading bread. Bluck. And I have to say, I don't like the yeasty smell.

Now other baking I do all the time. I'm a pie maker. If I'm overwhelmed I make pies for people. I love homemade crust. Yummo!