Diary of a Writer – Waiting Stages

DSC00252Waiting Stages are not novel to a writer’s life. We all have waiting stages. Take the lady or ladies who knitted the above tree decoration which I spotted in Argentina. How long will it be before such a work is recognised in the way wanted? Immediately, after a few days, when the local paper photographs it, when social media broadcasts it around the globe?

How sad is it that so much artistic effort is ahead of its time and only comes into the recognition stage after, sometimes long after, the creator is dead?

What am I currently waiting for?

An acceptance, outstanding royalties, competition results and the freezer de-frosting. The greatest of these is that freezer.

De-frosting a freezer, in my experience, is one of those life events like waiting for an automatic gate to open. It does it when it does it. Not substantially before and rarely much later. Fertile grounds for observing human nature.

Bella’s Betrothal


4 thoughts on “Diary of a Writer – Waiting Stages

  1. I am sure you don’t need any help on the writing front, Anne so how do you proceed to defrost the freezer? Have you tried the spray I keep seeing advertised. I have not tried it yet but i’m tempted for the sake of safety. I usually fill all my pans with boiling water and put them in the empty freezer, with a towel or two to prevent a stream of water. As soon as the ice loosens I use a spatula to ease it off and collect it in a dustpan. I admit a chest freezer is more difficult than an upright but I don’t usually need to wait long for the defrosting stage as I always need to sort things out before I get them back in.


    • Hullo Gwen, Well, I think any writing advice from you would be very worthwhile. I have so admired your leap into e-publishing. As to the freezer – yes, the plastic spatula will be much in use. there’s something very satisfying about watching the big sheet of frost peel off the side. Towels in bottom – absolutely, Anne


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