It’s been a long time since my friend has shown his face around here, so I thought I’d bring him back for a visit. When I first started blogging, the Stone Man was a part of my blog banner, a constant reminder that patience is a virtue, that the waiting life requires — especially the writing life — cannot only be endured but met with a smile (though it helps if your face is made of stone).
These days, my waiting is different. I have an agent who helps keep me grounded during quiet weeks on submission. I have projects at various levels of completion to keep me occupied. Now I find myself grateful for moments that allow me to pause, reflect, even step away from my work. But I remember the hope-filled anguish of waiting, those years of maniacal optimism that kept me believing the next manuscript/editor/agent would be it.
If you’re a writer and are waiting, if you’re hoping, if you’re even despairing, I get it. Please don’t give up! Stone Man and I are cheering you on.