Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A very serious problem: OIRX

Okay, so I thought I’d purged myself of the disease. You know *the* disease. If you’re a writer and you’ve ever sent a query letter, you are intimately familiar with the disease.

Obsessive Inbox Refreshing/checking, or OIRX (that’s pronounced orcs).

For me, OIRX look like this:

2 seconds later
three minutes later

Okay, I’m not that bad, but I think everyone knows what I saying when I admit that there’s the strangest anxiety tied to query letters. I’ve entered contests and crossed my fingers, but there is nothing like the possibility that a magical little email is waiting in my inbox.

So if you know someone who has OIRX, just remember, they have to want to help themselves before you can help them…


  1. It's so true. I typically go into things expecting failure (which is a horrible life view, by the way), but this still creeps up on me.

  2. I know that disease too well...

    In my experience so far, the magical little e-mails show up once I quit waiting for them...

    Good luck with your queries!

  3. I am really not looking forward to this. I know I will suffer from a very bad case of OIRX.

  4. I've been oscillating between 1 and 2 since August. It. Sucks.

  5. This is why I make my email ping when I receive a new one :-)


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