That In-Between Time

So… It’s the end of December… which means that it’s been a month since I’ve done any serious writing (and we can hardly refer to this year’s NaNoWriMo debacle as ‘serious’), and also a month since I’ve sent any queries, and furthermore, it is about another month before I plan to send any future queries because… I guess you’re not supposed to.

This means I am doing something I absolutely suck at, and that is BEING PATIENT.

For the record, I am like, 283849283 times better at being patient than my husband, but, in the event that you do not know my husband, let me just inform you that this is not saying much.

So right now I am SUCKING at being patient, and I am flopping around the house and listening to pretty much nonstop U2 and Cure albums while catching up on reading all the YA novels my family bought me for Christmas (thanks guys!) and *kind of* savoring the fact that the longer I put off sending out my next query letter, the longer I have before my next rejection.

Errr. Wait a minute. I didn’t mean that last bit. Send me all the rejection letters you have, agents. What does not kill me only makes me retreat into a hole and consider waitressing stronger, and besides, I shall need all of those letters for my fabulous rejection letter dress, which I am planning to make floor-length with loads of gratuitous drapey-ness.

So, read I shall, and obsessively reflect on how I know just what Bono feels in “Stay (Faraway So Close!),” I shall do far more than I probably should (seriously, if you aren’t listening to that song about 6 times a day, you’re probably not making your roommates as sad as I’m making my husband missing out).

Right now, I’m part of the way through all of the following:

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Scorpio Races also by Maggie Stiefvater
and some weird self-help book called You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay which is making me want to run away and live in the woods and hug things

So maybe I’ll do a review of one or more of these. I’m stretching out Beautiful Chaos because I came into the series late and powered through the first two books in about a week because I was so wrapped up, and I find myself not wanting this to ever, ever end (which is also the same reason I haven’t read the fourth book in the Pellinor series by Alison Croggon, despite having it in my posession for the better part of a year). Forever, on the other hand, is also a third book, the conclusion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and I’m just ready for that story to end, so that’s probably first to finish on this list.

Also in the pipeline are the Hunger Games books (got the full set for Christmas), and a poetry compilation from Anne Sexton (the poet who killed herself on my birthday and was the inspiration for my favorite Dave Matthews Band song). So yeah. I’ll fill the waiting days with books and reviews. And I’ll probably write about the Chili Peppers again. Maybe twice.

Happy holidays, merry Christmas, and a very happy new year to everyone! And may we all find the next step we’re searching for in 2012.