In college I spent the summer waiting tables at the Burger Barn in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. I spilled a tray of drinks on an annoying teenage girl who complained about her grilled cheese sandwich. I sucked at it and ending up quitting - like pulled the typical slacker kid move and just didn't go in one day. I felt AWFUL after that. I've always been a responsible person to a fault (I currently have around 120 sick hours because I never call in sick) and that one move of irresponsibility was huge for me. But I couldn't wait tables and I can't wait now to get the final feedback on the book blurb for Prince of Arèthane so I'm sitting here, tapping my nails annoyingly on my Mac and wondering why someone who is up texting me at 5:30 AM my time can't still be up to reply to my texts at 12:30 AM her time. Meanwhile I'm fighting the temptation of hitting the publish button anyway. Saying "Eff it, We're going in!"
This is harder than when I published Return to Arèthane. I think now knowing people out there liked the first book and wondering if they will actually be moved to read the second one is why this is so agonizingly harder. Plus, I feel more connected to the second book. The characters have been more fleshed out - now that the introductions are over, we're getting into the gritty of it all. They're not new, we know them now, we know their personalities and flaws and so what they do from here will either meet, succeed or fall short of expectations. And they go through some crap in the second book. Which is why I love it so much more. They've passed the honeymoon phase and now is the time to take it to the mats with life. Knock em around, break some hearts and maybe some bones and see what they look like on the other side. So I'm really hoping people can't wait to dive right back in, hold their nose and jump feet first back into Arèthane.
I'm on vacation next week. I'll be able to enjoy the beautiful weather and surroundings of my new home state. And I'll probably spend it inside writing. I've got some new projects to work on as well as some old stuff that's been waiting patiently for me to finish up with the elves and focus back on them. We'll see if any of that happens or if I find a book to lose myself in.
Have a great Monday, you working beauties!