distraction no.99

Nova Ren Suma | On Writing & Writing Distractions

Not an Author Newsletter… something else.

It’s That Time

Yep, it’s that time of year again. The winds of rejection are blowing, last week right at me.

There are the slips, the ones smaller than your hand that fly out of the envelope when torn open. The ones so flimsy they drift, because you let them, deep into the unknowable caverns under the couch. Some envelopes contain beheaded stories—first page shorn off and stuffed in. And sometimes there’s that scrawl on the bottom. Advice. Or thanks for trying us. Or meaningless drivel I can’t decipher. My favorite scrawl of the summer (e: yes, I found the rejection hidden on the shelf) was the one that said my story was passed around to the editors, asking me to try another story with them; standard slip encouragement. What I liked was this choice line: “You’re good,” it said, causing me to blush, maybe, just a little, except that between the lines what it really says is: “You’re good but not good enough.”

I’m not too bothered by it. And I’m not too bothered by the other two unsigned and unscrawled rejections, not one bit.

What I am is detached. I’m looking on from far away. A spectator in the stands, high up in the nosebleeds… I don’t feel much of anything except the spins.


Meanwhile my time is otherwise occupied. So many writing projects at once! And some I don’t want to be doing!

So meanwhile, here’s my Meez. Everyone else is doing it, and I love to distract myself so I couldn’t help it:

I pay no attention to the world around me and I also slouch, so I guess it’s fitting. Plus, I’m very partial to red shoes.

4 responses to “It’s That Time”

  1. I share a big “UGH!” with you. Someone once told me to save all the rejection slips–I have no reason why…mine are all in the bin, the little ones (yes! some of them are slivers of paper!) and the business-card-like ones, and the full 8.5 x 11″ ones, and even the nice ones with the personal notes scrawled on them besieging me with encouragement.

    UGH! My empathies–as you know, I am sorting through the same slots and same rejection slips. You will prevail.

  2. Just love that meez! It’s wonderful – that laptop detail is fantastic. Do keep looking at the rejections from on high. James Herbert, one of the most successful horror writers of the 20th century, received over 200 before he found a publisher. Just keep going!

  3. That’s a very cool meez, and I love the background.

    Hey, rejections are a sign you are submitting and without submitting you won’t get published, right?! I’ve only done two submissions this year and haven’t heard back from either of them and am feeling v. nervous because it’s as if I’ve got all my eggs in one basket.

    My personal favourite rejection was from an agent who scrawled: “NOT INTERESTED!” right across my original cover letter and posted it back to me.

  4. Somehow, while writing and doing research about muses, I ended up with Meezes. I blame you, Nova.

    But it was mad fun, so thanks. Love your blog, btw! Eve, from eve3.wordpress.com

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