Here's the technical definition for Hope Tank:
Etymology: LiLa's fictional language, origins in Love Tank, from The Five Love Languages, which Laura had to read for pre-marriage counseling . She loved it and tried to convince everyone to read the book. No one listened.
Date: Summer 2009
dialect : a figurative receptacle for the holding or storing of hopes and dreams, typically as they relate to getting a debut novel published in horrendous market conditions. ex. The Hope Tank is almost completely empty since we didn't go to auction after being on submission for 24 hours.
Hope Tank levels are typically very cyclical. Every Sunday evening Laura and I have a marathon discussion about what we may or may not hear in the upcoming week. We discuss everything from the chances that Major Agent has already sold the book and forgot to tell us, to the possibility of receiving an awkward e-mail from Major Agent saying simply, "it's over."
Typically, these Sunday night conversations result in a full Hope Tank. This may sound like a good thing, but really, it isn't. When the Hope Tank levels are full, every time your phone rings, you jump a mile and you almost always ignore your children in favor of refreshing stat counter logs. So LiLa with a full hope tank is bad news for friends, children and all living relatives. We're just not much fun to be around.
Around Wednesday, the Hope Tank typically springs a leak. Things get really painful when our hope is slowly leached out of the tank like the sand in the hour glass on Days of Our Lives. When we start losing hope, we get bitchy. We screen all of our calls and rarely say more than two words to our husbands. Not pretty. Perhaps this is where The Five Love Languages book would come in handy.
By Friday, the Hope Tank is completely empty. Now you might think this is a bad thing, but it's really not so bad. Usually by Friday or Saturday we've convinced ourselves that this book will never, ever sell under any circumstances, so we'd better get our asses in gear and start writing a better book. An empty Hope Tank = productivity. Of course the husbands and kids still miss out because usually we're chained to our computers writing during this stage in the process. Their poor Love Tanks are hovering around empty. But, not to worry, we'll fill them back up. Eventually.
This week, I'm determined to keep my Hope Tank on "E". That's right. I've forbidden Laura from giving me any pep talks or discussing any encouraging horoscopes or psychic dreams. I'm convinced that an empty Hope Tank = a happier Lisa. But Laura is sneaky. Just look at our Skype convo from Sunday:
[8/30/09 2:34:47 PM] Laura: i think it's going to be a good week
[8/30/09 2:34:50 PM] Lisa: you do?
[8/30/09 2:34:51 PM] Lisa: oh god, don't do this
[8/30/09 2:34:54 PM] Laura: the book is SO good
[8/30/09 2:34:55 PM] Lisa: you promised not to do this
[8/30/09 2:34:57 PM] Lisa: you bitch
[8/30/09 2:34:57 PM] Laura: someone's going to fall in love, how could they not?
[8/30/09 2:35:02 PM] Laura: haha
[8/30/09 2:35:02 PM] Lisa: don't fill up my %$&*(&^ hope tank
[8/30/09 2:35:12 PM] Laura: oh mine is full baby, over flowing--i can't help it
[8/30/09 2:35:15 PM] Laura: i'm spreading the hope
[8/30/09 2:35:16 PM] Lisa: i hate you
Do you see how she lures me in? Do you hear her maniacal laughter? Yeah, yeah, my hope tank is full.