How patient must (non-celebrity) children’s authors be? Here’s a little perspective from the essay “Waiting for it” in the latest New York Times Sunday Book Review:

The sudden change in cabin pressure from writing to waiting can be jarring — and can last a very long time. “It comes as a huge shock when it happens the first time,” said the Irish writer Colm Toibin, whose first novel, “The South,” appeared in 1990, a year and a half after he turned it in. “It was all slow and strange.” [Emphasis added, and then laughed over heartily.]

I hardly know what to add, other than a wholly unrelated “Welcome back!” to the newly de-hiatused Cynsations.