Writer: Hi Janet, Just checking in on my novel that you requested 90 days ago. Hope all is going well!
Translation: you said you needed 90 days. It's been 90 days. C'mon!!
Writer: Hi Janet, Wow, who knew summer could get here so soon! Hope you have a great vacation planned. Just checking in on my novel sent 1/1/16!
Translation: Look at the calender you sloth! It's been six months! Twice as long as you said!
Writer: Hey Janet, I'll be away on vacation for the month of August, just in case you need to reach me.
Translation: I'm checking in to rehab after eight months of increasingly strange behaviour brought on by my anxiety waiting for you to read my novel!
Writer: Janet, just a quick note to say I'm back from vacation. Hope all is well with you!
Translation: Nine months and counting. I could have produced an entire human being, fully formed in the amount of time I've been waiting!
Writer: Snookums, Happy Thanksgiving!
Translation: Janet, you are a complete turkey for not reading my novel yet.
Writer: Dear Janet, I suddenly realized I need to revise the entire middle section of my novel. Can you put it aside till I send you a new version?
Translation: Thank god you're such a slow poke!
As we close in on the end of the year, I'm getting very deft writing in some very diplomatic notes from writers who've sent me requested fulls. VERY! In fact, it's some of the very best writing I see. I appreciate the panic you must be feeling at nudging me. (I nudge editors, I do know that anxiety quite well!)
It's very much ok to check in with me on requested fulls. One of these days, who knows, there might be a surprise different answer!
Translation: Hey Writer, I read your novel! I loved it!