But, its fruit is sweet... at least according to Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
I can be creative. I can even be whimsical. I can be many things, but, right now, being patient isn't my strength. Waiting is not something I handle well, and it's no one's fault by my own. When I want something to happen, I realize there has to be a certain time frame when it will come to pass, but I tend to want things to happen sooner. Right now, I'm waiting to see:
- A contract for a film treatment for Finding Balance.
- A drawing for the cover of Memory's Curse.
- Feedback from my beta readers on Memory's Curse.
I don't place any blame on the production company, the artist, or the readers—the blame is mine. I'm just not doing well with waiting. Too bad, right? Yes. I just need to tell myself that when things happen, they happen. Other people are in charge of these things, so I need to let go.
Ironically, as a teacher, I am incredibly patient. I work with teenagers every day whose perception of time doesn't always mesh with mine, so I can work with that, because I expect it and know these students. Interestingly enough, the worlds of both being a teacher and being an author don't usually overlap.
Well, once I get the signed contract, I will begin work on a film treatment (a 5 - 10 summary of the novel, sort of scene-by-scene). When the cover art is finished, I will be able to design the cover itself. Lastly, once I have feedback on the novel, I can tweak things so I can formalize the manuscript for publishing. These are all realistic, easily managed, tangible goals.
So, I sit on my hands and wait. Perhaps you can relate...
I'll just be waitin' on the sweet fruit here... whenever it shows up.