Monday, December 16, 2013

"Nobody thinks it will work, do they?"

One of my dogs decided to unwrap a present early last night.  She had about 5 minutes alone with the food put away and the trash cans hidden.  I guess the flashing lights on the tree weren't scary enough anymore.  The first, drastic course of action proposed in response to the violation of the accepted gift-unwrapping protocol, was to remove the rest of the presents from under the tree.  Then we decided to just put the shredder in front of everything.  She can't even be on the same floor of the house when that's running.

So far so good.

Speaking of SFSG, how’s this for inspiration?  I got a rejection letter this morning.  I know what you're thinking - how is that a good thing?  It wasn't a form letter.  It was a personal note.  From a market that actually pays real cash money.  Of a notable amount.  They didn't think I stunk, just that I wasn't good enough. Talk about improvement...

But seriously, a personal rejection note is a big step.  It means I'm getting there.  It means I've improved.  I have to be honest and say that it's a step I'd hoped to skip, but since I didn't, it's good to know I'm this far.  Of course, I don't think I'll be putting it on the "I Love Me" wall.  Or do you think I should?  (It’s a new page of the blog, live today.)

I was actually laughing this morning over my coffee.  Getting the rejection put me in a good mood.  I even considered waking up my wife to tell her I wasn't good enough yet.  And I know what you're thinking, but you're wrong.  Madness is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.  Not rejoicing in being better than you used to be.

1 comment:

  1. Way to go, Jon! And congratulations to you and Blake on your 5-minute fiction wins.