I am in love with my refresh key. I hear there’s a Function key that does the same thing, but I can’t find it and every time I try, weird things happen to my computer. Not fun. And not refreshing in the slightest.
Some good things happened over these past couple of weeks in the snail-paced world of writing. I got a request for a manuscript from a query sent out in February. And then yesterday, I got another one from a query sent out in March. It’s June, by the way…almost July…but I’m not complaining! I swear I’m not. It beats the alternative, right?
Now, despite the fact that it took five months to hear from the agents, I have convinced myself that they will respond quickly with their thoughts on the project. (Because mine is their ONLY manuscript right now. What? No? Seriously?) So I spend most of my day hitting that Refresh key and watching breathlessly as the little message bar tells me I have two, three, four messages, and then, as they dribble in, I am comforted by the fact that there are still sexy hot singles in my area, and low-cost insurance for the likely disease I might pick up from these sexy hot singles, or that there’s a sale going on at my favorite store(s)…none of which I can afford for a variety of reasons. (If you want snail’s pace, try applying for unemployment insurance.)
Oh, I remember when I first started writing, lo those many years ago, and how quickly I thought I would sell a book. Didn’t happen. And then, when I won a pretty decent writing award, I thought, “This is it!” But it wasn’t. And then, when I finished my second project, I thought, “Okay, this FOR SURE is the one…” Only not so much…not yet anyway. So now…now I manage my expectations just a little better. I take it all in stride, or at least I try to.
Nowadays, I just sit back, hit that Refresh key, and pray for a coupon for free dessert at Chili’s because that’s a good day, no matter who you are.