I’m not a very good waiter…..

No, I’m not talking about serving you dinner or drinks. I mean I’m not good at waiting for things to happen, people to get back to me, emails to be answered.

I guess I could have titled this piece I’m Impatient and it would have meant the same thing.

I’ve always been impatient, even as a child. I was that kid in the cartoon tootsie roll commercial with the Owl – remember? Only I was the owl. “How many licks does it take to get the middle of a tootsie pop? one..two..three.crunch.” That was me. There was no way I was waiting to lick the pop down before tasting the chocolatey tootsie center.

I’m that adult that hits the elevator button 30 times just in case it forgets to stop at my floor.

The minute I sit down in a restaurant I expect the serve staff to be jonny-on-the-spot with a drink order and menu in hand. Those 9 months of pregnancy? Yeah, not happening again. I could only handle the long wait once, hence the only child. Good thing I’m not an elephant.

I’m that person in the 10 items only checkout line who  has 9 items and will chastise the person in front of her who has 12.

I hate waiting for people to get to the point – ergo my rude habit of finishing other people’s sentences. It’s a good thing I didn’t go into politics. Or Public Relations. I’d be a nightmare to work with. Who am I kidding?? I’d be fired from any job that required me to be subtle and play the waiting game.

I haven’t called someone  on a phone in years. Know why? When you call someone, 9 times out of 10 you need to leave them a message because they’re too busy to pick up. Know what I do instead? Text. Why, you ask? Because people respond to texts IMMEDIATELY!!! I never, ever wait for a text response because I don’t have to. They are always, always answered  as soon as they are received.

Love that. LOVE THAT!

I know: obnoxious, right? To the max. That’s me.

As a writer, I have to wait all the time. I wait for query responses from editors and agents; I wait for contracts, first and last edits; galleys; advance checks. I wait anxiously for release dates and the second I know them I start publicizing them. Pre-orders are my life’s-blood.  Writing is a waiting game and the road to publication is psychologically tortuous for someone  like me who has zero patience tolerance.

I must remember to ask my mother one of these days about my toilet training. Seems that might be where all this started…..hmmmmm.

So, are you a good waiter or a bad one like me? Let’s discuss…….






Filed under Author, Contemporary Romance, Life challenges, love, Romance, Strong Women

12 responses to “I’m not a very good waiter…..

  1. I can wait….but I don’t like it much..I mean who would like it?!

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  2. I thought I was a good waiter until I started writing. I’m not overly thrilled with waiting weeks and sometimes months for responses.

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  3. Peggy Jaeger

    Joanne – my sentiments EXACTLY!


  4. Sandra Dailey

    I try to figure possible wait time and plan something to do, like take a book or knitting when I know I’ll have to sit in the doctor’s waiting room. But, that doesn’t mean I like it. I’m twenty minutes early everywhere I go and I secretly hold others to the same standard. It’s a constant disappointment. I’m sure I must have been an “Are we there yet?” kind of kid.

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  5. Peggy Jaeger

    Sandra – I was an “Are we there yet?” kid, too.


  6. I guess I’m the opposite. Usually if I have to wait for something, I go do something else. Although, I HATE to be put on hold when I try to talk to a business. AND I want to shoot the computer answerers at a business.

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  7. I don’t mind waiting (doctor’s appointment, transportation, responses from editors or publisher..etc) as long as I can distract myself.
    It’s worse when I have to wait for someone who’s “late.” God have mercy on their souls 😉

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  8. janarichards

    I don’t mind waiting in a doctor’s office, car wash, even the hairdresser, if I have a book with me. It makes the wait almost worthwhile.

    Waiting to receive word back from an editor or agent, waiting for a release date, and all the other waiting we have to do, definitely tests my patience. I try to distract myself by writing/planning another book or series. Makes the time go a little faster!

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  9. I think I’m good at waiting because of my military service. 🙂 You know the line: Hurry up and wait… I just find something else to do.

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  10. The old adage, “good things come to those who wait,” works for some of us, thank goodness. Two Hearts in Time, my action/adventure historical time travel (romance) is coming out next Friday and the excitement is worth waiting for. I’m a debut author at 80. However, I do understand Peggy’s feelings, and have hair-pulling episodes from time to time.

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  11. I can be patient for some things, and not for others. I bake cookies rather than fancy desserts. Why? Because cookies are fast! I often say that when I die and go to hell that I will have to stand in line, because that’s my personal version of hell! haha!

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