My new job is about to make my brain explode. And I'll tell you why.
Working with books all day, shelving YA novels, watching people check out YA novels and hearing people asking for recommendations of YA novels, I'm sometimes at my wit's end. I want to see my novel on those shelves, hear my novel in topics of conversation, but I'm still in the query trenches.
It's like asking a person on a diet to give you the best recipe for bbq ribs. Or even more appropriate, it's like asking a woman who's desperate to have children what she thinks of your beautiful baby girl - and then asking her to hold the baby while you go to the bathroom.
Anyone who's ever wanted something very badly has probably been through this - especially when they're reminded of that something they want every day.
I love my new job. I love it like a kid would love working in a candy store. I just feel my creative clock ticking. So, I'm curious. Has anyone else ever felt like this? What do you do to ease the discomfort of 'shelf envy'?