You know that feeling. You have the date marked on your calendar from the moment you finish the previous book. Winter by Marissa Meyer! Cress came out in January of 2014, so Winter is due in January of 2015! And omg Blue Lily, Lily Blue was SOSOSO GOOD and it came out in October 2014 so The Raven King will drop into my life like a glorious, life-destroying asteroid (meteorite??) in October 2015 omg can i SURVIVE THE WAIT??? And GAH, The 100, aka the greatest way your soul will ever be crushed, last obliterated my heart in March 2015, but that's okay, because The CW's new season begins in October 2015! not that long.
Winter releases November 2015. The Raven King releases February/March 2016. And The 100 has been pushed back to 2016 midseason. (Mistyped that as 2026 at first and OMG COULD YOU IMAGINE)
Suddenly, the future is dark and full of terrors. The months stretch before you like endless, endless flat terrain and your wagon is rusty and you're running out of salt beef and you don't know if you'll even MAKE it over the Rockies because Winter is Coming and OREGON IS JUST SO SUPER DUPER FAR AWAY
But we will. WE WILL. WE WILL MAKE IT. We can survive the wait! I AM DETERMINED TO. So how will I brave the near-interminable hiatus?
Cry a lot
THIS IS A SHOCK OKAY
Eat a lot
Eat all the delicious fattening things the poor sods on The 100 don't have access to because they live in a post-apocalyptic hellscape
Tweet angrily a lot
@CW_NETWORK I HOPE YOUR FLOOR TURNS TO LEGOS AND YOUR FAVORITE PILLOW GOES MISSING
Slowly resume normalcy
I might need some advice on this one
Rewatch/reread all of the things in anticipation of their return.
Fill The 100 void by rewatching it in its entirety! I now have TIME to do a full reread of both The Lunar Chronicles and The Raven Cycle! I choose to make this a positive zip a dee do da always look on the bright side of LIFE
Read fan fiction
For when that silver lining looks a bit more like a turd lining because who in HELL wants TIME give it to me NOW
Write fan fiction
Not that I, um, have done this
"And then Bellamy kissed her because that is what Bellarke does and nobody died and nobody murdered and the apocalypse righted itself and oh yeah this all happened in October 2015 when it was supposed to the end"
I JUST NEED GIFSETS OF BELLARKE TOUCHING AND EDITS WHERE PYNCH GIVE EACH OTHER HANDCREAM TO MAKE IT THROUGH
Eat some more
I'M OUT OF ICE CREAM
Talk it out with friends who are also in mourning
"BUT WHAT IF THE LONGER WAIT ONLY GAVE MAGGIE TIME TO KILL MORE CHARACTERS"
Repeat as necessary until release date/premiere date/the apocalypse finally arrives and hope your brain hasn't turned to melted Velveeta "cheese"
How did you cope when something you were really looking forward to got pushed back? ARE YOU SAD ABOUT THE SAME THINGS I'M SAD ABOUT??