Monday, July 30, 2012

You're Not Really a Writer Until ...

... you get REJECTED for the first time. 

Well - I got my first real rejection tonight, and by real I mean an actual notification, not the rejection you feel after entering a contest and then not seeing your name in bright lights when the winners are announced (not that that feels any less real emotionally). It's something we all go through, whether you're a writer or not, and as much as I hate to admit it, it stung when I read these words for the first time:

Dear Cate Emond,

Unfortunately, we will not be publishing your poem
The Red Hummingbird That Was a Bug ... The poem has been removed from our system; however, the title will remain on file for your records.

Managing Editor,
Local Poetry Mag

I think it was a nice touch that the word "not" was in bold, to really drive home the message, no?

So, I could take this as a sign that I should never write again like this person:

"That’s why I stopped sending out stories after the first few times."
- Reader comment in response to the comic strip above 

because let's face it, I have many - hundreds, maybe even thousands - more rejections to look forward to in the future if I continue on this path (just tryin' to keep it real), and if this one sucked, I can only imagine how much more it would suck to receive rejection #984... but then I would just end up being that sad person who always talks about what could have been, and there are too many of those in the world. And #985 could end up being a YES, but if I quit I'll never know (inspiration, and all that)!!

So instead, I'm going to print that rejection letter, in all of it's bold glory, frame it and hang it in my office to serve as a reminder ... that that editor clearly has no taste and I'm AWESOME!! ;p

If anyone wants to share their own rejection story in the comments (if anything, just to make me feel less alone, lol) please DO! You'll be in good company.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Classic Books According to a Six-Year-Old

This is what happens when you ask a 6-year-old to judge a book by its cover:

"This is about a girl that goes mining. I don’t know why, but she looks like she would go mining, mining for gold."

I came across this blog post on Twitter via John Winokur (if you're on Twitter you should check him out, he always has great advice!), and I just HAD to share. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Vintage Book DIY

I found this picture on Pinterest while looking for ideas as I plan my wedding, and I thought I would share.
Isn't this such a beautiful way to recycle an old vintage book??
As an avid reader, I would love to have this for my wedding!!  
What do you think?