Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Guest Georgiana Daniels: Wait Like A Winner!

True confession #1: I stink at waiting, and my patience level isn't thin--it's see-through. Maye that's why I always seem to be in the perfect position to learn, whether it's obsessively checking email for the "I-love-this-I'm-dying-to-see-the-full-manuscript" letter, or forever picking the wrong line at the grocery store.  And let's face it, waiting for THE CALL is, without exaggeration, excrutiating.
Be honest--you’ve been there too. If you haven’t, please skip to the end and simply leave a smiley face in the comments section. I want to know who you are! For the rest of us, we’re all in good company, looking for ways to wait for the fruition of our dreams that don’t involve obsession, depression, or chocolate.
Fortunately, I’ve got plenty of experience and I’m ready to walk you through the long, dry seasons. But first, let’s identify what kind of “waiter” you are, and then you’ll know where to go from there. As an expert “waiter,” I’ve vacillated between all three types.
The Wishy-Washy Waiter: A writer who gives it their all, but when situations don’t happen quickly enough they decide that God must not have called them after all. They swing between periods of gung-ho writing marathons and staying away from the keyboard because they’re uncertain the journey will be worth it in the end.
The Worried Waiter: They obsessively check email for a response from their dream agent or editor and wonder what’s taking so long. They bemoan the fact that their dream may never come true, and they might even have a touch of jealousy when contracts appear to go to everyone but them.
The Winning Waiter: A writer who is confident that they are following God’s plan for their life whether they land a book deal or not. They have peace even when their in-box is empty, and may even spend their down-time pursuing outside interests.
True confession #2: I only recently learned the secret to waiting like a winner. I spent several years bouncing between wishy-washy and worried, allowing the dry seasons to rob me of the joy God wanted me to have regardless of my writing projects. The revelation changed me, and it can change you too, whether you’re waiting for your first book contract, or trying to take your career to the next level. You can have peace in the process! Ultimately, the peace comes from your personal connection to God, but there are also practical steps you can take to wait like a winner.
First, get a new hobby. Now I’m not telling you to chuck the keyboard forever, but I am encouraging you to develop new interests. For years I was guilty of being solely focused on writing to the point that each rejection and set-back left me utterly deflated. I learned the hard way how important it is to have extra-curricular activities—preferably ones that are only for FUN and where you can achieve a measure of success. Just think, even a 500 piece puzzle will give you a feeling of triumph 500 times!
The more outside interests you have—gardening, rock climbing, taking a class, joining a small group at church—the more you’ll have to look forward to. There’s no sense in busyness for the sake of busyness, but there’s something to be said for having enough on your agenda that you don’t obsess about the fact you haven’t heard back on your latest submission.
Second, do the next thing next. A busy writer is a happy writer! Your fingers will be flying over the keyboard drafting a query for magazine, and writing a blog post. Sending off one-liners to greeting card companies, and generating more book ideas. Reading a craft book, and attending a meeting of your local group. Of course we want to stay focused on our primary goal, but a primary goal should never be our only goal.
Third, stay hopeful. In case you’re thinking this isn’t a practical step, trek with me here. The most important thing you can do to keep hope alive is to surround yourself with people who inspire you. Attitudes rub off—make sure you’re absorbing the right ones! Who you connect with will have an impact on your future.
For years I watched as my friends earned contracts and started building their writing careers, and I wondered why God surrounded me with people who were living the dream that I was convinced I would never experience. You see, I had the wrong perspective. In His love, God surrounded me with people who would help me grow to the next level. I thought I was being left behind, when really I was being helped along by writer buds who were blazing the trail. (If you are the last in your group of friends to get a contract, take heart—you’ll never be in want of endorsers!)
In addition to hanging out with hope-filled friends, meditate on verses that fuel you. Scripture isn’t just words on a page—these words give life and should be ingested daily! One of my favorite verses is:
“But if we look forward to something we don't yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:25~ (NLT)
We are instructed to be patient AND confident, and if we’re instructed to do so then we know it’s possible! The nice thing is, if we blow it we’ll have myriad chances throughout life to get it right. Trust me, I’ve been tested to the max with recent life events. At some points I failed tremendously, but sometimes I was a winner.
So maybe--just maybe--waiting and patience aren’t the evil twins they’re made out to be. After all, the most growth comes when we’re stretched beyond what we can bear on our own, and it leaves us more connected with God than we were when we started.
How about you? Are you in a season of waiting? How do you handle the “in-between” times?
If you’d like to be entered in a drawing for Georgiana’s “A Daughter’s Redemption,” please mention it in the comments section, then check our Weekend Edition for the winner announcement! If you win, don’t forget to contact our Seekerville email to claim your prize.
Her Unexpected Homecoming. Inheriting her estranged father’s property isn’t the reason Robyn Warner wanted to come back to Pine Hollow.  She thought she’d make amends with her father—but his sudden death made that impossible.  And when she learns the identity of the handyman fixing the run-down cabins, Robyn is ready to flee Pine Hollow again.  Caleb Sloan, the copy responsible for her father’s accident, just wants to uphold his promise and then return to the force. But he can’t seem to walk away. After all, he understands about guilt and regret.  And he’ll do everything he can to help Robyn find healing, happiness and—just maybe—a lifetime of love.
ABOUT GEORGIANA: Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God’s love through fiction, and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after.


  1. I'm restless during the waiting, so I try to always keep a project in progress or in the planning stage.

    One of my hobbies is making coffee for Seekerville. It's brewing.


  2. Another homeschooler by day, writer by night!

    Waiting is hard--but I love your upside - no lack of endorsers! :)

  3. I tend to be in a season of waiting a lot. I just have to put my trust in God knowing that He knows best.

    Would love to be entered for the giveaway.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  4. Thanks Helen. Your hobby keeps the rest of us functioning. Very magnanamous of you.

    I completely went crazy one time, waiting and learned my lesson. Now I'm more likely to send and forget about it knowing I'll find out or not when the time comes.

    Thanks Georgianna! What a lovely name!

  5. Good morning Seekerville--and welcome to Seeker Villager Georgiana as she celebrates the release of her FIRST published book this month! She's getting great reviews on "A Daughter's Redemption" and is off to a wonderful start in her escape from Unpubbed Island!

    Georgiana and I both live in the same area--but we didn't know it til Camy Tang nabbed me at 2010's ACFW in Indianapolis and said "come with me--you've got to meet another Northern Arizonan!"

    Amazingly, Georgiana and I soon discovered we'd even traveled to Indianapolis on the SAME flights!!

    Georgiana and the others of you who manage to write books while you homeschool and have kids underfoot all day AMAZE me!

  6. Fabulous post, and you're right--I saw myself in all those waiting types. Distraction works best for me, since I've finally realized that worrying about things beyond my control is pointless. I'm still impatient, but I'm a lot less stressed :)

  7. Hi Georgiana,

    Congratulations on you book, what a pretty cover.

    Last January my husband had hip replacement surgery and that forced me to cut back on writing. Ha. He's the best though.

    Waiting is hard, and I like your suggestion of other ways to write besides only focusing on novels.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Jackie L.

  8. Hi Georgiana,

    Such wise advice!

    I'm a believer in hobbies especially if you are stuck in your manuscript. It gives you something else to focus on and sometimes that's just what you need to figure out the problem in your manuscript.

  9. I enjoyed your post, Georgianna. My one word for the year is Perspective. I see perspective all over your post. :) How we perceive things, where our focus is will affect how we wait, won't it?

    I'd love to say I'm always a #3 waiter, but I'm not. In contests, I can forget about them and move forward for a little while, but when I know it's time for results to come out, I'm checking the websites OFTEN. :) Ultimately, my trust is in God for his timing and plan in my life.

    Thanks for sharing what you've learned today. These are great thoughts.

  10. What great advice! And love the endorsers bit!

    I always have something else in the works. I can't remember the last time I wasn't in the middle of at least two projects... [right now? 4... /sigh/]

  11. um, have never gotten to the wait stage...yet.

    i'm thinking the best route for me is to be working on my next project whilst waiting. i know if i get immersed in my next project, i'll forget that i'm waiting for a response on something elsewhere.

    great post - especially for me, a beginner. of course, i've the benefit of the wisdom shared here at Seekerville. i feel i'm that much more equipped to find success (whatever shape/form that success the Lord has planned for me).

  12. Georgiana Daniels , it is always great to meet a new author and to get to watch them grow, I like your attitude of being a "Waiting Winner" thinking positive is always better then negative. congrats on your book and am anxious to read about Pine Holler and the folks there. you bring out some good points in your post and enjoyed reading today...
    Stay upbeat ..I know the Seekers will help you with that, they rally around all.

    Paula O

  13. Georgiana, this is a GREAT post!!! So true, so true. The day I got the call from my agent that Zondervan had said yes to my first book, I had been crying and praying and telling God, "If Zondervan says no, help me not to get depressed about it." I was already a little depressed, in case you haven't guessed! LOL But even after you get that first contract, there is SO MUCH WAITING!!! I can't even begin to list all the things you have to wait on. Still, it is so worth it, to have your dreams come true and to know that someone loved your story enough to publish it, to spend money to create a cover for it, do edits on it, and print it for all the world to read! And the after-publication waiting isn't as wrenching as the waiting for that first contract!

    So hang in there! It is so worth it. Kim Sawyer told me that, before I was published, and it kept me going. There are many struggles, and I learned lots of things about myself, after I was published, but in spite of everything, it's still worth it. :-) (I can say this right now because I'm still on a high from my new release yesterday! LOL!}

  14. Georgianna, what an absolute pleasure to have you here and huge congrats on that beautiful novel...

    I agree with the majority here. I never work on one project at a time, and that helps me to be less impatient when I wait.

    I consider THROWING THE STUPID COMPUTER AT THE WALL perfectly normal behavior, thank you very much.

    Twelve pounds of Ghirardelli?


    Checking phone to make sure it's on the hip, on the table, charged, nearby, no missed calls, on LOUD RING setting....

    That's what everyone does, right?


    Coffee and chocolate and prayer, the soothes of my more desperate moments!

    Hey, I brought Aunt Bea's Banana Cake today. This is the first time I made it and ... sigh... had it come out RIGHT.

    And all because I was too stupid to think the recipe should be followed EXACTLY.

    Thus has been the source of most of my life-long struggles, LOL!


    Try it and see. Tell me what you think. It's got Whipped Cream Frosting to die for that the Tex featured in the CAFE yesterday....

    I'm pleased to offer it to a fellow Arizonan. Do you guys realize there are a LOT of you in that state now?

    Which only means I must come visit sometime.

    When it's not hot.

  15. Well, duh! You DO have a book out, Georgiana! I thought you did, but by your post I assumed you didn't. Your cover looks great, and I guess all that stuff I said in my comment was for somebody else! :-) Congratulations!

  16. EXCELLENT POST, Georgiana and WELCOME to Seekerville!!

    You said: "If you are the last in your group of friends to get a contract, take heart—you’ll never be in want of endorsers!)"

    LOL ... and the "fourth" thing is a sense of humor!!! :)

    I definitely tend to be a "Worried Waiter," but like Jeanne T., at least I have learned to let contests go. I was so bad for a while that I literally haven't entered contests on my own for two years now because like Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men, I "couldn't handle the truth." ;) Now I'm entering a few contests and I send the books off and forget about it, which is SUCH a relief!!

    For me, the best thing that has worked in letting go and letting God is the waiting itself because for me -- a nubby fingernail type CDQ -- it's a matter of self-preservation and do or die. And one of the tools that has helped me the most is a thin, little book called The Well by Mark Hall, lead singer and pastor for Casting Crowns. WOW ... it's helped to set me straight, so waiting is a LOT easier now because, well, I'm not "waiting" for my pie-in-the-sky dreams anymore ... I'm waiting for God's will. :)

    SUPER CONGRATS on the debut book, Georgiana -- it reallllly looks and sounds good!!


  17. Thank you for this post. I have tucked your bits of wisdom in my heart to keep.
    I remember when I first started writing. I had such hopes and I knew nothing. I have learned so much in the last year or so, thanks to people like you. If I never get published I know I'm doing what I'm supposed to and I have returned to 'normal' life. Writing is back where it belongs. If I get published, awesome. If I don't, I think I'll be okay with it.
    I would love to win a copy of your book.

  18. It's 7:30 here in the West, so I imagine Georgiana will be popping in as soon as she gets her kidlets up and rolling!

    For those of you who are curious about what happens AFTER "the call" and BEFORE you actually hold that long-awaited book in your hands, Georgiana is the perfect person to ask!!

  19. Georgiana, what a pretty cover! It is so much better than the scruffy wasting-disease riddled deer I almost hit every night on my drive home from work.

    (ps, if it were up to me, Bambi's mother would be venison in a heartbeat)

  20. AND your post is absolutely so wise. WAITING
    That's what being a writer boils down to so often and productive waiting is how I managed to have 20 finished books on my computer when I sold the first one.

  21. An outside interest is such a fascinating idea.

    I'm totally going rock climbing after work tonight.

    Good-bye cruel world!!!!!!!

  22. I'm not sure what kind of waiter I am.

    When I'm waiting to hear from someone, I can get obsessive about checking the email every hour, making sure my phone is charged and nearby, and sucking down Ghiradelli like nobody's business.

    But, if I step back and think about it, I KNOW the event and timing are in God's hands - His way and His time - so the Ghiradelli stash goes back in the cupboard and I pull up my WIP.

    Some of my friends aren't quite so patient, though. One, a lawyer, offered to send a letter to a publisher when he thought I had been waiting way too long. (I turned down his kind offer!)

    And my hat is off to you, Melissa, Virginia, Jodie and dozens of others who homeschool and write at the same time! I had to wait until my children had graduated before I made the foray into writing. I think if I had tried to do both, neither would turn out very well....

    Have fun during your day on Seekerville!

  23. Good morning, Seekers! First, thanks so much for having me, and thanks to Helen for the coffee :D

    Factoid #1--it's a rare day when Georgiana lumbers out of bed before 8 a.m. ;)

    It sounds like we've all been in that same place, waiting and trying to distract ourselves. Truly, I want to get to the place where peace in the waiting is the norm!

    Mary, take it easy on the first climb!

  24. last year, my word was PATIENCE...and boy, did HE teach me good. No, i'm still impatient, but my new word is FOCUS, so thinking i'm learning. If i knew then what i know now, i would have dreaded it, but God graciously holds that in His hand. Thanks for the coffee, Helen, you do that so well, and you really don't drink coffee? i would love to win Georgiana's novel. Thanks for that chance, and for the fun time i always have here with authors.

  25. Mary Connealy - "scruffy wasting-disease riddled deer"? What do you feed your deer down there in Nebraska? Our's are fat and sassy - at least the herd living in our neighborhood are!

    But alas, there are laws about hunting deer in your front yard.

  26. Ruth--if you head to the mountains in AZ, it's definitely cold cold cold right now.

    I'd love to hear about other hobbies everyone has to keep occupied. I see we have other homeschoolers here (that'll definitely fill up a huge gap!)

  27. Thanks for the great post, Georgiana! I'm a reformed worried waiter who still slips into that condition often. :)

    I love your description of a winning waiter. I'll be aiming for staying in that category!

  28. Hobbies? Outside interests? What are those? When people ask me what I do in my spare time in an interviews, I always debate about whether to tell the truth, or to tell what I used to do before I started writing and let them think I still do those things!

  29. Missy--we all slip! I'm the worst about slipping, but P is for Progress ;)

    C'mon Melanie, do tell!

  30. Hobbies?


    You mean, besides doing research for my writing?


    Actually, I do have hobbies, come to think of it. I cross stitch, knit, and read. And I'm planning a garden for this spring. Oh, and I walk for an hour every day.

    Bible study isn't a hobby, is it?

    I'm also the Christian Education person at our church, so right now I'm ankle deep in VBS planning.

    But all I think about is my January 31st deadline.

  31. LOL, Jan--research is not a hobby ;) Gardening sounds like fun and a nice distraction.

  32. Ruthy, excuse me? Did you say FELLOW ARIZONIAN??? Since when are you an Arizonian? When Tina moved she did NOT buy a house with a room for you. GIVE THAT UP!!!!!!!!

  33. Every time I read Worried Waiter I think of a waiter who knows the chef burned your order and the waiter has to deliver the bad news that it's going to be a long long time before you eat.

  34. I read and do sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles.
    Those are hobbies (I know, like it'd kill me to take a walk once in a while!)

  35. LOL, Mary! Worried Waiter does sound like that. I love crosswords too--not very good at them. Still have to use a pencil with a good eraser.

  36. Hey, my comment disappeared!

    I love crosswords too but I still have to use a pencil with a good eraser.

  37. Georgiana, this is a truly wise and inspiring post! Waiting is NOT a passive activity, and there is always something we can be doing to move ourselves forward so that we're ready when the answers (whatever they may be) finally arrive.

  38. You're right, Myra--waiting needs to be an active time. BTW, a few years back at the ACFW conference, you sat with me outside the appointment area and shared some of your own waiting time during your writing journey, and that talk encouraged me so, so much.

  39. Great post! Please enter me for the drawing.

  40. Oh, Georgiana, how sweet of you to remember! You're bringing back memories for me, too, now!

  41. Mary, you are excused from walking in the winter. It's too cold where you live.

    Summers are probably too hot, though, so that only leaves spring and fall. But it might rain.

    So staying indoors with puzzle books is probably a smart choice. That's what I would do.

  42. Myra, I think it's vital sometimes for those who are waiting to hear what it was like for others.

    It took me eight years to break into Love Inspired.

    Anyone else want to share how long it took to break in?

  43. One thing that helps me to wait is listening to people who have waited. Mary -- 10 books on computer; Georgiana -- 8 years; my friend Peggy, 20 years and just contracted with an agent. If you guys can do it, there is hope for me.And I REALLY don't wait well, which is why I have never gone to Disney World.
    But it's really important to have other things in your life. That leads me back to my word for the year, Balance.

  44. Hobbies. Love crafts and cooking, developing recipes with my daughter, creating costumes for my 1 1/2 year old greatniece. I made her a cowboy vest and a princess hat for Christmas. Now working on hula skirt. I also build and furnish dollhouses, just for me. Not much for exercise but do walk because of the osteo. Travel rocks! Drinking tea, Earl Grey in a china cup, and shopping for antiques, collectibles and vintage. Took a break from teaching Sunday School but still teach one Sunday a month of Children's Church. Love everything I do, there's just a lot of it.
    Kathy Bailey
    Unpubbed in NH

  45. This book looks wonderful!!

    So bright and fresh! I can't wait to pick this one up!

    I don't really feel the 'waiting' because I'm so busy that usually ocne something happens... I'm shocked! how did this happen? I was just... barely... started....


  46. Oh, and hello to the fellow homeschooler. :)

    I always say, 'just one more year'.

    That was six kids and 10 years ago.

  47. Wow, Georgiana! That was a fabulous post. Thanks for sharing that.

    There have been times when I've felt close to success and times so far away from it.

    What I've realized during that time is that the life I've lived in those years has matured me as a person. I think I'm a better writer now than I was years ago, but I've also got more to write about. There's a lot to be said for that.

    And I love your suggestion to find things to do for fun. So smart!

  48. Kaybee--balance is a great word. So many times it's all or nothing but balance is a great way to live. Crafting sounds like fun too!

    Virginia, the homeschooling is definitely enough to keep one scrambling!

    Hi, Sally! What waiting does for us internally just might be the reason He has us in those situations. I know it has been that way for me :)

  49. *THWACK*

    Did you hear that Georgiana? This sentence did it for me.

    we want to stay focused on our primary goal, but a primary goal should never be our only goal.

    Oh. So. True.
    I am in a waiting period, but I need to get my fingers on the keyboard and let 'em fly.

    Thanks! (and terrific cover!!)

  50. May, it sounds like you're in the same place I was! Yes, let the fingers fly AND have other meaningful goals :)

  51. Hi Georgiana:

    My wife will tell you, after the military, I won’t wait for anything. My motto is: “Never wait, just move on.” Waiting is killing time and killing time fractures eternity. A lot of waiting is just sanctioning incompetence. (E.g., waiting on line in the post office!)

    Is it really waiting for the bus if you just start walking home with the proviso that if the bus happens to come by, you’ll take it? I’d say you’re not waiting as long as you’re walking and you're not waiting as long as you keep writing.

    Mary wasn’t waiting. She just walked too fast for the bus to catch up with her. But oh, when it did: le deluge!

    Mary reminds me of Gene Littler, the golfer, at a time when he was winning everything. The other golfers would always give him advice in the locker room on how to fix a little hitch he had in his swing. Trying to fix that hitch almost ruined his game. He was never as good again.

    Mary is like a fine tuned writing machine. Don’t adjust anything!!!

    Also, like Ruth, I’m a fellow Arizonan. If New York is just a ‘state of mind’, why can’t Arizona be? I lived in Tucson for three months and I’ve spent a lot of time lately wishing I lived in Canyon Springs. As far as I can tell, Pine Hollow seems a lot like Canyon Springs. I even experienced a scene like your deer on the cover. I woke up early one morning in a state park, looked out the window just as the sun was rising, and there was a deer just like the one on your cover. I quietly called my wife over to look outside and just then about fifty more deer ran by and ruined the whole idyllic scene. Your cover is like getting that scene back again. I just know I have to read your book now.

    BTW, I always read the author’s dedication (which I think sets the ambiance for the story) and yours just rocked my world with laughter. Here’s teaser:


    “To my husband, Troy, who works extra hard to afford me…”

    That’s where I stopped reading I was laughing so hard! How’s that for a teaser? If anyone wants to read the rest of the dedication, let them buy the book!


    P.S. I’d love to be entered for a Kindle version of your book if you’ll forgive me for being me. : )

  52. Georgiana!

    I think I had a brain fart. I stopped by and thought I said hello.

    So sorry. Brain was apparently not in gear.


    I said this before on Facebook but it should be repeated. I had the privilege of sitting next to Georgiana at the Carol Award dinner last September.

    She is the real thing. Beautiful, nice and hilarious and very humble.

    Buy her book.

    So I want to know what your nick name is. Georgiana is a mouthful.

    Or maybe it's just me.

  53. Oh, yeah! Now we live in the same state. Cool beans.

  54. Ah, Vince, thanks so much.
    le deluge?
    French for FLOOD maybe?
    Or maybe not.
    Weren't you speaking Latin on here yesterday, Vince?
    You really make Seekerville much more high brow. Thanks.
    Now I have to find translation websites.

  55. Lol, Vince! So glad you read past those first few words of the dedication! Let's hear some more Latin. We love it around here--not that we are proficient.

    Tina, I had such a nice time sitting with you at the awards banquet! Give me a call sometime when you head up the hill so we can get together.

  56. There's a hill here? Really? All I see is fruit trees. A hill. Must go look at the map.

    I'm in the valley so there must be a hill.

  57. Seekerville is now the Inspirational Literati blog thanks to Vince.

    We speak, French, Latin and Piglatin.

  58. There is a hill, and I'm at the top with the llamas ;)

  59. Hi Georgiana,
    Great post! It seems like everyday I repeat 'to everything there is a season...' And certainly, in publishing, there is a season of waiting! But I am spending that time writing and filling time with my hobby - my dogs!

    Congrats on the book. The cover is beautiful.

  60. In the past, I have been the Worried Waiter, but I now feel comfortable as the Winning Waiter. God has a plan. I appreciate the Bible verse Romans 8:25. I'll write it on my heart....perfect meditation for me. Thank you, Georgiana, and please enter me in the drawing for your book!

  61. Llamas? Seriously? Are they home schooled too?

  62. Lyndee, you are so right. Everything goes in seasons and cycles. Learning to work WITH it instead of against it is a blessing :)

    Sherinda, it's so neat to hear that you've crossed over into the Winning Waiter category! Big milestone.

    LOL, Tina. A figure of speech ;) We are at high altitude, but if I had llamas, they would be homeschooled.

  63. Welcome, Georgiana! I think if more writers were patient we'd have a lot more published authors! Perseverance and patience are the keys to success.

  64. Georgiana -- We have llamas??? :) I know we have elk, deer, bears, foxes, wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, javelina, eagles, chipmunks, prairie dogs, porcupines, and pointy-earred squirrels. Oh, and skunks, can't forget those skunks! But I suspect you're leading on "flat lander" Tina to lure her up the mountain! :) I imagine we'll see her this summer when temps in the Valley of the Sun hit 114. :)

  65. Georgiana,
    Your story looks intriguing! Congrats!

    Loved your lesson on "Waiters!" You hit the nail on the head!

    Upon reading your post, I realize I need a hobby...something fun to enjoy after the writing is done.

    Thanks for that important tip! :)

  66. I do believe you're right, Cara--so many more would eventually see publication if they'd wait it out!

    OK, Glynna, maybe llamas aren't exactly native to the area, lol! We'll see if the lure works. Wouldn't it be fun to have an AZ group gathering?

    Debby, when you find your hobby, let us know! Might be fun to try something new :)

  67. Georgianna, I was tempted to do a big 'ol grin and leave it at that. *G*

    I'm the type of person that would sit in the doctor's office with four sick kids for three hours before I reminded the receptionist we were still there. I'm the most patient person in the grocery line, even try and calm others down.

    BUT, this publishing business has tested the patience right out of me. ;) And I'm totally a #2. I'm obsessive with the mailbox. Shouldn't be, but I am. But I understand #3 and think I'm close to basking in the confidence that God has, even, my publishing career under control.

    Great post!!

  68. LOL, Christina!

    Yes, it's funny what the publishing business does to us. Good to know you have patience in other areas so at least you know it's possible :)

  69. I do enjoy my craft work.

    I'd love to read “A Daughter’s Redemption" thank you.

  70. Thank you for this post. Especially Romans 8:25. Although my need for patience isn't precisely on my writing, this verse came at the perfect time. :)

    I enjoy nature photography as well as writing, so it serves as that quiet, thinking time I sometimes need away from the craft of writing.

    Thank you for the giveaway, Georgiana. A Daughter's Redemption sounds like a touching story. I love the title and cover art too.

  71. Thanks for this post Georgiana, it's a great reminder for me since I've been in a waiting (holding) pattern for the past five months or so. I heard back from an editor while I was on vacation, and she is asking for a second set of revisions. At least she is still open to the novel, but no sale yet.

    I'm a former homeschooling parent - I graduated after 16+ years. :)

    Congratulations on the book contract. I'd love to have the opportunity to win your book.

    Jodie Wolfe

  72. Yes, the waits are seemingly unbearable at times, but my writer friend Carrie Fancett Pagels encouraged me to get another book on submission while waiting to hear from my first one. SO that second book is now finished and I'm editing it (while the first one is STILL ON SUBMISSION!). You're so right--a writing writer is a happy writer. I do have hobbies like gardening, but that doesn't help much in winter! I did also use some of that wait-time to platform-build, which kept me somewhat occupied. This was a fun post about a not-so-fun subject!

  73. I'm a terrible waiter. I'm not patient at all at anything. If I am waiting for something or doing something I want to get it done and move on. I do tend to let things work out on their own though so I guess I'm patient in some aspects.

    I would love to be entered in the contest.

    MinDaf @