On Rejection - or The art of allowing a person to crush all your hopes and dreams.
I think this is something we all have in common. As writers, rejection and its ugly step-sister, criticism, play a part in our lives, but no one really prepares you for the crushing weight of the devastation that these evil twins dish out. If you are going for the traditional publishing or the self-publishing route, either way, you will have to duel with these bitches at some point in your career, quite possibly all the way through.
I have broached this subject on my own blog once before, but because I had just raised my head from a bought of depression brought on by this exact thing, the subject was not really delved into. As I say on my blog, I couldn't tell you how many times I have received rejection letters for my books or short stories. I have since also received bad reviews. And it doesn't seem to matter how many good reviews you get for a story, it is always that one bad one that you remember.
Hi, by the way, I'm Adelise M Cullens. I'm a writer and mother and all round crazy goth artsy chick from Australia. I have been writing for roughly 13 years, so, yeah, I have been rejected a few times.
I recently read an article about JKR trying to get her new books published the traditional way. She used a pseudonym and didn't mention who she was in her cover letters. I love this about JKR. All she would have to do is say who she is and anyone would pick up her work. But she didn't, she is starting from the bottom, in the slush with the rest of us, trying to get there on merit alone. But she has still been rejected. I feel two ways about this story. A) I feel happy that even someone as brilliant as JKR can be rejected. And B) I feel terrible that someone as brilliant as JKR can be rejected. What does this say about the publishing world? And how many brilliant books have been passed up for something else, possibly something horrible. Also, how many squeaky new writers, that may have had brilliant work, like JKR, have given up on their dreams because some lit agent's secretary was hung over and didn't read something properly and passed on it?
These are the things I think of… I am a cynical bitch at heart…
What would you do to save the life of your only child?
That answer is written across the pages of Back Again, by Susan May. Back Again is the story of Dawn, a mother who has a strange ability that shows up at the absolute worst of times. On one normal, regular day something terrible happens and she finds herself living the event over and over and over again.
But this tale is more than some dog day afternoon. Back Again carries a great determination and a form of forgiveness- even a bit of redemption. All very good qualities to have in a novel, but was the story good? Yes.
Step 1: Go into a dark room, like a bathroom.
Step 2: Light a candle and place it in front of the mirror, turn the lights off.
Step 3: Draw a door with stairs leading down and away on the mirror.
Step 4: Close your eyes and repeat aloud, "Queen of Spades, come."
That's the game that summons the woman who kills children. This movie is the Russian version of Bloody Mary. I'm sorry to say, I played the silly game myself as a kid, and I'm still alive to tell, but in the movie, Queen of Spades, nuh-uh. When you call her, she actually shows up.
Narrated by Chris Barnes
What do you do when the world goes to pot and there's nothing anyone can do to stop it? People, homes, cars, animals, everything is decaying; there's no food and no immunity either. That's what pretty much took place in this apocalyptic tale.
The world rotted away.
XX isn't what you think. There’s no porn or anything indecent. It's XX for death, two x's for dead eyes, the unknown, I don't know! That's just my take, but I can say, XX can also stand for weird. If you looked up the definition of macabre, you'd find the XX movie poster. Actually, it's for the female chromosome...
Okay, so before I get into this review, I have to admit, other than seeing a few of Kubrick's movies, I don't know much. I never saw the art and beauty of the movies the way the characters in this novel did, or the author, obviously, but this was a cool read. It was like a young Indiana Jones adventures, but with movies and screenplays. The read was creative and very different from my usual reads, but it was good. And to have Number One (Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek, The Next Generation) reading to me- that was awesome! LOL
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