rejection / writing

PSA from My Mother

This blog, in a desperate attempt to be more positive, should feature more voicemails from my mother. She has an extremely important job of helping people in trouble and in desperate situations fix their lives; I won’t go into detail except to say I am in awe of what she does each day, at how she helps people who often have no one to turn to. My own troubles are not so scary and life-threatening. Yet she always has time to help me, even if it’s to tell me a certain thing I need to hear at the exact right moment when I need to hear it. Here, for example, her latest voicemail message:

Hey, Nova. It’s your mama. Did you know that Madeleine L’Engle had twenty-six—twenty-six!—rejections of A Wrinkle in Time before she found somebody to publish it? My god, it takes such endurance and perseverance to keep going, but it’s really worth it. And your mama believes in you, and I know that one day it’s all going to happen for you too, because you are wonderful and you’re a wonderful writer, you really are. I love you, honey. Love you, love you. Talk to you soon. Bye.

I don’t expect to have children, but if in some alternate universe I were to become a mother, she is the kind of mother I’d strive to be.

11 thoughts on “PSA from My Mother

  1. Your Mama is very wise. But I am having trouble wrapping my brain around the idea that there are 26 people on earth who did not love that book from the very first page. (I know the manuscript might have been very different, but it MUST have been wonderful, it just must.)

  2. Do me a favor and tell your mom right away how awesome she is and how deserving of having every favorite thing she’s ever wanted in the world right now. Send her flowers. Buy her chocolate and jewelry. Or whatever. You’re very lucky.

  3. A Wrinkle In Time is one of my favourite books. Reading it helped me keep going with my writing and to persevere. I find Jane Austen’s life story so inspiring too. She had to push through so much nonsense in order to get published, and just think, she is one of the greatest writers in the English language.

  4. Lucky to have such a supportive mother who thinks your writing is important. My mother loves me, but could care less about my writing except maybe worry I might embarass the whole family with thinly veiled disclosures of them in my fiction. I’m pretty supportive of my kids, but they’re boys and don’t seem to seek it like females do, I think.

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