Blogging A to Z: “W” is for Waiting

One of the requirements of being a writer is being a good waiter. Not a restaurant waiter, but one who waits. You post or mail your writing for critiques and beta reads and wait for your reader to finish and give you feedback. You wait for a first draft to “season” before making edits. You wait for a submission to be rejected or accepted. You wait for publishers’ edits. You wait for your publication to be released. You wait for reviews and sales. You wait for whatever financial remuneration you are due for your sales. Wait, wait, wait.

All this adds up the longer you write. The trick is to have many balls in the air so that while you’re waiting on A, you are working on B, then can move on to C, then return to A, and so forth and so on. Waiting is best remedied by diversity. You move from writing to editing to marketing, often within the span of a single day. I like this because I tend to be super intense and can easily chisel deep ruts in my routines. Like Tyrell, the toymaker in Bladerunner said, “The light that burns twice as bright burns for half as long.” Waiting is a good thing for me if only to keep me from burning half as long.

Sometimes waiting goes beyond reasonable bounds. So many writers I’ve met have stories of the submissions sucked into black holes, the ones that garnered no responses, both with or without warning (ie “if you don’t hear from us within x weeks, we aren’t interested.”) Usually I am patient, but late last summer, I did withdraw a submission. What had promised to be a ninety day wait window stretched to four then five then six months. I resubmitted elsewhere and reset my waiting clock. Thankfully, I received an acceptance, but since it was an anthology, the publisher kept accepting stories until it filled…nearly three months after I sent in my story.

Finally the publisher closed the anthology at the end of February and announced the table of contents. Today I received edits. Looks like the waiting that began with the completion of my short story in January 2011 for publisher A will finally come to fruition with publisher D (publishers B and C made grave rejection errors, alas) around May 21st. For a short story, that’s a long gestation period, but I couldn’t be more thrilled!

I’m pleased to announce that Conquest Through Determination, a steampunk anthology from Pill Hill Press containing my short story, Clockwork Nessie, will release in about a month’s time.

Now on to those edits while I wait to hear about two other submissions…le sigh.


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Blogging A to Z: “D” is for Drabble

D is for _______________

D is for _______________ (Photo credit: Chiot's Run)

A drabble is a short story of no more than one hundred words.

A Word With You Press is running a contest right now, the first part of which is a drabble. So…I thought I’d use that as my prompt. The entry deadline is April 5th, tomorrow, but since I’m out of town, this is just for fun and not something I’d submit.

In exactly 100 words, tell us some experience from the point of view of a waiter or waitress, serving a customer.  Somewhere in your story, insert the words “Check, please”.

D is also for:

Diss of the Doo-doo-headed Diner

None have mastered the art of the subtle insult better than the British as I learned in the summer of ‘82.

I had secured a job in an American-themed restaurant in London where separating smokers from non-smokers was still a novel concept.

When a man and his giggly date arrived for a late luncheon, I asked, “Smoking or non-smoking?”

The man pointedly surveyed the nearly empty restaurant, and with a smirk at me and a wink at his girl said, “I’ll take the farting section.”

“Certainly, sir.”

I led them to the table next to the bathrooms. Check please…and mate!


Some memories you NEVER forget! I really do love the British though, am a total Anglophile, but every country has its warts.

Thank you to all who’ve visited me so far! I’m falling way behind visiting YOUR blogs, being on vacation, but I promise to do some major catching up when I return Easter weekend.

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Twelve (12) days until my debut novel, The P.U.R.E. releases!