I know the saying should be 'Absence makes the heart grow fonder'. But...does it? Grow fonder that is?
I was thinking about this the other night in relation to books. Writing a book takes time (among other things). And authors aren't chained to their computers (even though, secretly, in deep, dark places in the corner of our minds that we don't like to talk about let alone think of, we want them to be...or perhaps that is just me :) and have lives outside of writing *shock horror* so are unlikely to churn out books like a production line. (And would we like the results if they did?)
As a consequence of the time factor, there are often gaps between the release of books in a series (unless the author has the whole series written before publication of the first book :) But, I'm curious...what size gap is 'acceptable' (for want of a better word) and what is too long? Because, even though I don't like to tar us (humanity) with this brush, we do to all intents and purposes live in a society of instant gratification. We want more, faster and bigger than before. And, if we don't get it, we move on to something else. The next big thing. Anticipation eventually...dies.
So, if you have to wait 6 months for the next book in a series are you still anticipating its release? Do you want to pick it up? What if that wait was 1 year? Or 2 years?