January is hard for me. The whole stretch until Easter used to loom dauntingly, but thankfully this year we have a new Family Day stat in February to break it up. That doesn't exactly make the snow melt or the flowers bloom, but to me it makes one of those weeks between now and Spring a little shorter.
It makes the waiting a bit more bearable.
Waiting has never been my strong suit. It took me over two decades of writing and submitting to go to contract on a book. You learn a lot about yourself in that sort of time and one thing I've learned is that Dani's Life Lesson To Learn is Patience.
This is not a character trait I have mastered. Ask my husband.
Granted, I've improved. And I was never horrible. I don't fly off the handle when something takes an extra few minutes. (I live in a small town. Sometimes you take half an hour to get through the grocery line and there's only one person ahead of you and they're only buying milk.) But sometimes, say when I'm twenty-five years into waiting, I get a wee bit antsy for certain things to happen.
Sadly, publishing is a slow beast, even in today's fast-paced world. Now that I'm inside the machine, I appreciate why it needs to be slow. Lots of eyes read lots of words. Do I want that done fast or well? Obviously I want it done well, as an author and a reader.
But I'm eager. I'm the kid who couldn't wait for Christmas. ("Go to bed!") I was really, really hoping I could do a cover reveal for my book, The Healer, today.
But unless it shows up in the next 24-36 hours, I suspect you will only see this:
::sigh:: Maybe tomorrow....
Speaking of tomorrow, I'm over on Goodreads Jan 10-12:
I'll be pumping readers for their favourite story themes and wish-I-could-finds in the books they like to read. Drop by, help me pass the time as I wait...