Whenever I get a rejection letter from an editor, my mind involuntarily engages in vengeful fantasies. "When I'm rich and famous..." it usually starts out, or "When my name is publishable, I'll remember this..." (I really like to think I'll have that sort of sway one day) Fantasies all, of course, and I'm not exactly sure how healthy it is, but when I try not to think like that, I wind up with lots of pent up angst.

I got two rejections yesterday. That should tell you what kind of mood I'm in. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go find a dark corner to be alone in for a while until the desire to rip the entrails out of the next person to cross my path abates.


At 5/17/06, 1:45 AM, Blogger Les said...

Oh there there there.

Alas and woe.

I just sent a CD to a contest. It cost about $6 in postage and $3 in materials. I've spent god knows how much money on contest postage and god knows how long in line at various post offices. I've entered Ars Electronica, Bolwing Green, geez you name it and they've gotten a CD from me. I've never been selected for anything, except Woodstockhausen (in 2000) unless I knew somebody.

C'est la vie. I probably won't get picked for this new thing either.

However, I went to a talk where the former jury members of said contests talked about thier role. They said it's hard to pick. There are many good entries. The good ones stick out. One guy explained that that they got this very interesting orchestra piece which had two fabulous, wonderful movements and one that was screwed up. When the same person submitted again the next year, they remembered her and had a positive impression already from the two good movements and ended up picking her.

So even if you are getting rejected, you may be paving the way to future acceptance.

Or we can hang out later and drink reject beers together.

I know I'm a good composer. I've gotten in to prestigious schools. I'm just out of fashion right now or missing a smidgen of experience. anyway, good luck.

At 5/17/06, 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Personally I would lay off the submssions until you get back. There is a time for pulling in and learning and a time for putting it out there.


At 5/17/06, 3:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vince, make yourself a dish of pasta and cheer up! you'll get there and, yes, rejections are never nice, never, but many talented writers have been rejected before having their stories published and achieving success! continue trying and don't get depressed.

the italian cook of the french neighbours.

At 5/17/06, 6:56 PM, Blogger Crinis said...

Les: Don't you have your own blog to rant on? :-) Actually, we should imbibe together. Either in Paris or in Berkeley, it matters not. We are both stuggling artists, something I never in my wildest dreams would have guessed we'd ever have in common.

Carol: Never quit! Never surrender! That's what blogs are for. Venting, ranting, getting it off your chest so you can move on to the next skateboarding party!

Pakitt: What a coincidence! I'm having pesto with pasta as I pen this! It really hits the spot. I've been boiling my pasta with more salt lately, as per your recommendation. It changes the flavour a lot. I'm getting used to it, but I still enjoy pasta without salt as well. They're just different, is all.

At 5/18/06, 1:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well true, I am just saying there are times to be out there and times to pull in and you have a big educational time ahead.



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