Of course, that feeling has now dissolved into the ritual worrying and terror that accompanies me anytime anyone anywhere is reading anything I've ever written. ( I have issues. I know.) But I am exceedingly grateful to my betas for being willing to take on the challenge, and I sincerely hope they enjoy the story. Or, if failing that, I hope they offer me excellent feedback that will help me improve the story. (Which isn't a worry—History has proved that they will do precisely that. I just worry that I sent out the story too soon.)
But regardless of how they ultimately feel about it, it's a big book that will take a while to read because a) it really is a big book (324k-words big) and b) even if it wasn't a big book, they still have children and day jobs and, you know, lives that rightfully come first.
Since I have none of those things, I find myself in serious distraction mode.
Fortunately, I have many options from which to choose to help keep me busy...
1. Deal with animal illnesses
Okay, so this isn't a choice so much as a requirement. I have four animals (two cats and two dogs) and, currently, three of them are ill. (One cat and both dogs) Part of the illnesses include an inability to control one's bodily functions. (Yay!) I have gone through a lot of paper towels and pet stain cleaner in the last twenty days (Yes, it's gone on that long), and it still looks like I'll have to keep up the pace for at least another twenty more. When I'm not scrubbing excrement and/or vomit out of the carpet (Because god forbid we have any accidents on a far-easier-to-clean surface!), I'm making vats of rice and boiled chicken for the dogs, even more special meals for my 18-year old cat (note: I don't even make special meals for myself), and calling the vet and just sobbing into the phone. Boy, being a pet parent sure is fun at times.
2. Work my way through my many saved-up series on my DVR
I've been pushing to get these revisions/edits done since January, so I limited my live TV time to watching just a few shows. Hence, I have a lot recorded, including but not limited to Orphan Black and Legends of Tomorrow. Plus, I want to binge watch the second season of Outlander and take advantage of my current HBO subscription to watch the first season of True Detective. (I heard the second season really sucked.) And on top of that, I haven't even seen the second season of Daredevil yet! (I watch entirely too much TV. I know.) So, clearly, there's some work to be done here.
4. Go see Captain America: Civil War
I did see this movie opening weekend, and wore my Captain America t-shirt to the event. (I'm Team Cap all the way.) I still feel the need to see it a second time because (a) I thought it was pretty damn awesome and why wouldn't I want to see it a second time, and (b) I thought if I went to a matinee in the middle of the week, I'd have a better chance of having a quiet theater. See, during the first viewing, there was this Super Passionate Fan Girl in line, right? I was thinking, "Cool. I love Super Passionate Fan Girls. I, myself, am a Super Passionate Fan Girl, and I appreciate her excitement and enthusiasm. You go, Super Passionate Fan Girl." Then we got into the theater where she immediately laid claim to my usual seat (Yes. I have a usual seat in the movie theater. I have issues. I know. Let the Sheldon references commence.). But I was all, "Okay, no need to cause a rumble. I can just sit in the next row like a normal person. It'll be essentially the same seat. No big deal. But...I'll still send angry texts to my brother over this until the movie starts." Then the movie started, and Super Passionate Fan Girl Didn't. Shut. Up. She talked during the Whole. Damn. Movie. Not just cheering at awesome parts, or indulging in a boisterous guffaw at something funny but talking, talking, talking. During the Whole. Damn. Movie. Now, as much as I love Super Passionate Fan Girls, I also love moviegoers who SHUT THE HELL UP WHEN THE MOVIE IS PLAYING. I was super excited, too. I mean, when they started the Doctor Strange preview before the movie, I probably punched The Man's arm twenty times because my enthusiasm demanded I do so. But I did it quietly. Then there was the part where Super Passionate Fan Girl's *$@*$#*@#! PHONE RANG. And rang. And rang.
Hey, Super Passionate Fan Girl, Shepherd Book has something to tell you:
So, anyway, that's on the list.
No, really. I can.
6. Work on Book #3
Normally this is what I would do, you know? Jump right into the next project, and as much as I do want to do that, I'm not sure it's what I should be doing this time. I do want to talk more about this, but that'll likely be a lengthy thing, and I've already rambling on long enough. Perhaps I'll talk about it in another post on another day. I know you can't wait...
And on that note...
How do you, or any other normal people, deal with the beta-reader wait? Tell me in the comments!
Hope everyone had a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your Monday. See y'all next time!