Another busy week around Maximum Z HQ, with a significant part of it involving waiting to hear about the potential future of some of my projects.*
I hate the waiting. It opens the door to allow fear and anxiety to stroll on in.
A friend who’s a director put it very succinctly: It’s all about control. A lot of that stuff is out of your hands now, which makes you nervous about the outcome. You have to redirect your attention to anything and everything for which you can take charge, and do something with it. The sooner the better.
How absolutely true, and it was exactly the reminder I needed.
In my case, that comes down to the work and all things related. It’s easy to forget how many things with which I’m involved. My own stuff (which is a growing category unto itself), giving notes, networking, sending out queries, just to name a few.
Sure, it would be great for everybody to respond quickly, preferably with news of a positive nature, but it doesn’t work that way. These things are known to drag out for excruciatingly long periods of time, and me fretting over it is the last thing I need.
I wouldn’t even be surprised if I get an email in a few months about one of these that I’ll probably have totally forgotten. It’s happened before.
Keeping busy really does help you stay focused and keep the negatives at bay. It might not be easy, but do what you can to slam that door shut, lock it and throw away they key.
*heard back from a producer soon after posting this. They passed on my script, which sucks, but will now re-double my efforts with the other projects.