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Blathering

Friday, November 18, 2005

Yeah, I haven't been doing much of it lately. I'm stuck and it sucks. I stare at my screen and my mind is blank. I hate saying I'm going to do something, then not do it. *sigh* Perhaps dramatic inspiration will suddenly hit me and words will pour from my fingers. Back in October I submitted a piece to an online publication (see item #4). Today I got back my first rejection letter! Yipee! The reasons for rejection? Editor 1: I'm not seeing a story of substance here. Editor 2: Not enough of a story here. Also, tension is diluted because events are heralded or told to us (e.g. "Suddenly, disaster struck."). Oh well. I didn't expect it to be uesd on the first go round! I actually think it's kind of funny. I'll try again. I'm not deterred. I've told my secret to 5 people now.

11/18/2005 09:01:00 AM :: ::
18 Comments:
  • Congratulations. According to a friend of mine who is a editor you can't call yourself a writer until you get your first rejection letter. You are now a writer.

    By Blogger An Observer, at 11/18/2005 10:05:00 AM

     


  • I bought a special blue folder to hold all of my rejection letters. Counting the ones online, I now have around 30, and nearly all are form letters that say the same thing. "Thanks, but we don't have a place for you right now" or words like that. What it means is "Your letter arrived at the bottom of that day's mail pile and we didn't really read it."

    But congrats anyway.

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 11/18/2005 10:45:00 AM

     


  • It's kinda like Screech said one time on Saved By The Bell, "I'd rather be rejected by the prettiest girl in school than..." Hmm, I forget now. Come to think of it, that doesn't really apply here.

    There's two kinds of criticism, constructive and destructive. Try and learn from the constructive.

    Oh, and telling a secret to only 5 people is bad luck. Let me be #6 ;-)

    By Blogger Bone, at 11/18/2005 11:53:00 AM

     


  • ....but you tried! That's what counts ;)

    By Blogger poopie, at 11/18/2005 01:15:00 PM

     


  • Ah -- you've been initiated. I'm thinking of framing mine. LOL

    By Blogger FTS, at 11/18/2005 01:31:00 PM

     


  • and is one of those five your mom?

    By Blogger Better Safe Than Sorry, at 11/18/2005 01:49:00 PM

     


  • You were brave and submitted your story. Some people don't even get that far. Use their comments to your advantage. You'll get there.

    I'm feeling very left out of the secret club.

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 11/18/2005 01:56:00 PM

     


  • Its a very special secret club, with a secret handshake and monthly orgies.

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 11/18/2005 03:29:00 PM

     


  • Tell me, I won't tell anyone. Really.

    Stephen King used to keep his rejection letters stabbed by a spike into his wall.

    By Blogger Running2Ks, at 11/18/2005 03:36:00 PM

     


  • Yes, I'd say that you're an official writer now! Congratulations! Who was it that recently said, "nothing ventured..."?

    Okay, you've told 5 people the "secret", so it's officially no longer a secret. Spill it!

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 11/18/2005 04:44:00 PM

     


  • You are much braver than I am. I'm still sitting on my butt not doing anything about those so called dreams I have. Keep trying. :)

    By Blogger DeeJay, at 11/19/2005 07:03:00 AM

     


  • My closet has my many rejections posted on one side while the other has several acceptance letters. You can't get published unless you submit. So congrats on taking that first step. Do it again!

    ~michaelm

    By Blogger michaelm, at 11/19/2005 07:33:00 AM

     


  • Don't give up. Follow your dreams.

    By Blogger cube, at 11/19/2005 08:34:00 AM

     


  • To be rejected means you had something. Many don't have anything to reject. Did that come out right?

    By Blogger Jean-Luc Picard, at 11/20/2005 12:13:00 PM

     


  • Yeah to you for actually sending out some written material! That's a step in the right direction. I can keep a secret!

    By Blogger mommy d, at 11/20/2005 04:49:00 PM

     


  • I often tell people too much about my intentions, suppose its the added pressure to get stuff done if you tell people but then I moan that everyone is on my back about how its going... roll on lunch, time to chill ;-)

    what a long word verification you have today ;-)

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 11/21/2005 04:50:00 AM

     


  • Those editors suck. At least you tried. I haven't submit any of my writing yet, so I don't even have a rejection letter.

    By Blogger Indigo, at 11/21/2005 10:25:00 AM

     


  • Well, at least you could tell from their reasons that they actually read it! That's a start, anyway...

    By Blogger trumwill, at 11/21/2005 11:45:00 PM

     


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