If you follow me on social media or have followed this blog long enough then you know I talk about Queen of Air and Darkness often. Like everyday. I’ve been waiting for that book since I finished Lord of Shadows on May 24, 2017. The wait is excruciating. So, when Liz from RedGal Musings suggested this blog topic to me on Twitter, I was pretty ecstatic because we’ve all been there. Since I’m still waiting for QOAAD, I decided to give you scientifically researched ™ ways to survive waiting for a book release in one piece. You must follow all these steps or else all hope is lost. I don’t make the rules. Science does.
Reread The Series
I can’t count the number of times I’ve read Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows. I’m sure Google’s nosy ass knows how many times I listened to the audiobook on Audible. Seriously, the amount of information Google collects on my phone is scary. I digress. I love rereading the books especially when I miss the characters. It’s not new content, but it helps with theories and sometimes I learn new things about the characters.
Lose Yourself in a Tumblr Blackhole
Theories. Excerpts. Fanart. You name it. Tumblr has it all. Kind of. I love Tumblr, but that place hardly has anything for books by POC authors. I’m still out here looking for fanart and fandom stuff for The City of Brass. Basically, if the book you’re waiting for is mostly white then it has it all. #truthtea
Set a Countdown on Your Phone
Don’t do this unless the release date is close. Otherwise, you’re a masochist. Or maybe you’re me.
Tweet Through It
Post about it everyday on your social media. I mean EVERYDAY. And when you think you’ve posted enough, post some more. That’s called dedication and enthusiasm (and you might be slightly obsessed so give your followers a heads up…lol).
Make A Playlist
You know something that tends to instantly influence my mood? Music. Make a playlist inspired by the book or series. The playlist might make you feel a bit melancholic, but at least you’ll be find new ways to connect with the characters.
Sort Characters Into Hogwarts Houses
This is one of my absolute favorite things to do with fictional characters. I’ve sorted so many non-Harry Potter characters into Hogwarts houses. The aesthetic boards below are ones I made for the Hogwarts houses at the beginning of the year.
Make Mood Boards
I love making book aesthetics. I don’t do it often because of my schedule, but I like to make them and share them on Instagram. I’ve made them for The Sun Is Also A Star, Narnia, The Dark Artifices, The Song of Achilles, Six of Crows, and other book characters. The ones below are for Julian Blackthorn, Emma Carstairs, and Inej Ghafa.
I’m not a writer so this isn’t something I’ve attempted. However, if you like writing and are jonesing for an anticipated release, then dream up something fantastic and write it.
There are so many great TV shows out there. Some with more seasons than necessary (all the shade). Find something you enjoy and try content through another medium.
Read Another Series
A completed series. Don’t torture yourself with series that are still in publication. That’s a recipe for disaster. You’ll be miserable. Take it from me. I fell in love with An Ember in the Ashes, The Poppy War, and The City of Brass. I’ll still be in this waiting game after Queen of Air and Darkness because of those books.
If All Else Fails
If the steps above don’t work (and they won’t), then throw yourself at the mercy of the publisher gods because truthfully nothing will fill the space quite like your long-awaited release. We can only sit back and hope the universe is kind to our characters.
What are your strategies for surviving the waiting period? Are you waiting for QOAAD? Let me know in the comments!