While We Wait

August 26th, 2009 • Kate

waitingThere’s a couple of exciting things going on right now (more details to follow soonish), but I find myself in the unenviable position of waiting on all sorts of things. Response, phone calls, answers, etc. I’m going through queries in an effort to get caught up, but also to help relieve other people’s anxiety about waiting.

You could say we’re all in this together, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

So — what do you do while you’re waiting? When you have a set time to wait (like, you know you’ll have an answer tomorrow, if you can just get there), or when you’re just hoping, someday soon, someone will tell you what you’ve longed to hear? How do you occupy your time?

Give me your tips!

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20 Responses to “While We Wait”

  1. gwen hayes Says:

    The next project and copious amounts of refreshing my inbox.

  2. Trish Says:

    When Gwen said. With worrying thrown in for good measure.

  3. Trish Says:

    Erm, I mean WHAT Gwen said.

  4. Suzanne Casamento Says:

    I totally agree with Gwen and Trish. I also try hard not to "write fiction" about all the terrible reasons why I haven't heard anything yet. Keeping my head on straight is probably the toughest part.

  5. Amy Says:

    Obsess, obsess, obsess. Eat cheese. Get distracted by distracting day job. Pet cats and dog. Obsess.

  6. SM Blooding Says:

    Oh, dear. I'm currently going through this right now. I have two queries out that are a bit overdue. Um. Hit the in-box. Then Blogspot. Then Twitter.

    Got bonus. Check Amazon to see where my package is. Check AT&T to make sure my phone payment went through.

    Process three RFI's (work).

    Check in-box. Then Blogspot. Then Twitter. Then Amazon.

    (work…for a little longer)

    I've been doing this all day. AND to make matters worse, I'm telling myself that the waiting doesn't matter! What a dolt! I've gotten NOTHING done today.

  7. Rexroth Implausible Says:

    Walk the dogs.

    Or maybe that's my suggestion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jamie Says:


    I'm sorry I showed this to you… it's more addicting than an MMO–you've been warned. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. SM Blooding Says:

    *sigh* Just made the rounds…again. Nothing much has changed. Some Twitterings.

    Need to get two more budgets done. GADS!

    Jamie, I couldn't figure out the game. Does it require sound?

  10. dust Says:

    Second-guess my chances and attempt to rewrite the project from scratch. Duh.

  11. Walter Thurman Says:

    Once I kick a project out the door, I settle into my favorite pastime: Tequila. Lots and lots of tequila. Once the hangover passes, I get to work on the next project.

    Wait, isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result? Hmmm. I should crack open another bottle and think about that. Then, back to work!

  12. Julia Says:

    Do all those chores I put off before the intense waiting… and try to ignore the computer – which is nearly impossible. Seriously considering FREEDOM – which is a program for the mac that will turn off internet access for a specified period of time. I so need it!

  13. Natalia Maldonado Says:

    Great question! If I've exhausted all my procrastination/obsessive behavior options (twitter, facebook, reading blogs) I'll usually leave my house and try to get some errands done. This is why I love my blackberry so much, because it gives me the freedom to do other things while I wait for emails and phone calls!

    Then again, I haven't started querying agents yet. I'm sure I'll develop completely new habits for that kind of waiting (I vote for shoe and purse shopping).

  14. Amy Says:

    Julia, I got FREEDOM and it is SO GOOD but then when your time is up you are even MORE insane.

  15. Carrie Harris Says:

    I sing the Jeopardy theme song. This isn't so bad when I'm waiting for the popcorn in the microwave, but it gets really annoying after about three days or so.

    Actually, I read. A lot. But the first answer is funnier.

  16. Sara Raasch Says:

    I watch TV. Lots and lots of TV. Newest obsession: Warehouse 13 on the ScyFy channel. Amazing.

  17. Katee Says:

    I work on the next project or try to find things that take me away from the house so I'm not checking my inbox every five minutes. I'm actually getting ready to submit again next month (ish) and I'm tempted to wait until NaNoWriMo so I really WON'T have time to think about it.

  18. Krista G. Says:

    I only let myself check my e-mail once (or maybe twice) a day. Of course, that's only if I get to check my e-mail at all – a two-year-old and a two-month-old have a way of eating up all your spare time:)

  19. Ami Glazer Says:

    It's this great little invention called TV. Get's your mind off everything. Monk, Psych, NCIS, and Royal Pains are pretty good shows.

    Or, if you're one of those productive people, unlike me, you could work on something else or go for a jog or something.

  20. Valentina Chandler Says:

    Have a garage sale. It'll take you a month to purge your house of everything you don't need, one weekend to sell it all, and about 5 minutes to spend the $20 you made.