I love days when life flows from one moment to the next. Who doesn’t? (Well, there are those lovers of life drama, but that’s a subject for another blog.)
Then there are those days when life is full of bumps. Or more appropriately - since I was at a track meet earlier - hurdles.
The crazy drivers cutting everyone off on the freeway.
The unbearable temperatures – high or low.
The rejection letters.
Did I mention the rejection letters?
I thought I was used to rejections from my days of pursuing acting work. It was relatively easy for me back then to brush them off and tell myself that I just wasn’t right for the part.
Having my writing rejected is another story. It’s like having my soul rejected. (Okay, I’m being a bit melodramatic.)
So after allowing myself a short “pity-party” session, I went off to read about authors who had their work rejected. Countless times. (Thanks to Michelle Reynoso for this link.)
At least the box that was checked on my form letter rejection said my work was rejected because it was “not suited to our present needs.” And there was a handwritten message thanking me for thinking of them. I guess it could have been worse.
So now I brush myself off and continue the process of sending and sending and sending out my work.
Hopefully, my fate won’t be the same as that of William Saroyan, who reportedly received 7,000 rejections before selling a short story.
And I realize these hurdles are preparing me for larger ones to come, whether they are other crazy drivers, heat waves, or rejection letters.
Or something else. (Writing deadlines?)
Now, do yourself a favor and check out the blogs of these great people/writers.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming post on the Mouse Tales Press Blog about some small adjustments to our submission guidelines.