If you Google “denial,” you’ll get definitions from the Mayo Clinic, Wikipedia, and good old Merriam-Webster. You’ll also get to relive some Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, learn that “Denial” is an extremely popular book title, and read 217 author quotes on Goodreads.
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it,” George R.R. Martin wrote in A Game of Thrones.
While you could also call it optimism, or hope, or faith that Amazon would correct its conversion errors in a timely manner … at the end of the day, Mr. Martin is right. I have been in denial for the past week about the scheduled release of Damsels in Distress.
I simply could not fathom that, after sending all the files off on July 25 (screaming newborn by my side, mind you), August 25 would come and go with nothing available on Amazon. I am heartsick over it, but take some solace in knowing it’s completely beyond my control.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”
It took three decades and childbirth for me to finally embrace this “serenity prayer,” but it’s the only way I can stay (reasonably) sane while I’m waiting.
But rest assured. The women of Marestam are rapping at the gates as I type this, bouncing on their heels like shoppers on Black Friday, just waiting to be unleashed. Rapunzel’s probably a few quips from being arrested by now. Ruby may have turned the doorman into a toad. And Penny’s likely attempting to bend the bars open with her bare hands.
But soon enough, Amazon will press its little green button, the gates will open, and you’ll find out what happened after that monumental news at the end of Desperately Ever After.
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