Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ten Sucky Things That Would Still Feel Better Than A Form Rejection on a Full or Partial MS

1.  Getting gum in your hair

2.  Stepping in dog crap (with your brand new designer heels)

3.  A paper cut on your tongue followed by orange juice.

4.  A grease stain on your favorite t-shirt

5.  Waxing your legs

6.  Being in a pool full of hot guys and realizing you've got boogers coming out your nose

7.  A stubbed toe

8.  A fallen ice cream cone, piece of pizza, plate of mashed potatoes, etc...

9.  Waking up to a huge zit.  (Right before a major event)

10.  Being stuck in stop and go traffic.  With no cell phone.

36 comments:

Tamara Narayan said...

Here's number 11: Forgetting about the six paper cuts on your hands before dousing them in sanitizer.

Slamdunk said...

Ha--that list pushes the rejection envelope.

I would add: "While shaving in the shower, I reach for what I thought was a new razor only to discover the blade was old after painfully running it down the front of my neck."

Janet Johnson said...

Too funny! Love the dog poop one. I did that the day I got engaged. Not so fun.

KarenG said...

Let's hope you get none of these. Especially not the form rejection!

mi said...

gum in the hair is definitely much, MUCH worse than a form rejection!

Culture Served Raw said...

"cringe" number 2 is horrible :(

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, yes. That is a shudder worthy list. But I'll see your umber 2 and raise you stepping in dog poop BAREFOOT. Yes, running through the part barefoot as a kid I've done this very thing--and let me tell you, feeling it squish between my toes was pretty much the most horrifying thing that's ever happened to me. *shudders*

mi said...

@ shannon - oh no! that is horrendous! it's never happened to me, but i was babysitting some kids once who had a rather large dog that hung out in the backyard. i told the girls to not play near the dog since there was poo all around (and i CERTAINLY wasn't going to be the one to pick it up!), but the 7 year old did not heed my warning and planted her whole foot in a large pile of poo.

"Ewww! it' still warm!" she cried out.

it was SO hard to stifle my laugh.

Carolyn V. said...

Aw man. Those are all so awful. Especially the tongue paper cut & orange juice. Ouch.

Helena Soister said...

Been there. And for me a rejection letter is worse than waxing my bikini line.

Kelley Vitollo said...

Totally agree. I can handle those much better than the rejection.

Clarissa Draper said...

I love getting my legs waxed! But, number three made me cringe. Well, I hope you don't get too many rejections. Maybe if you go and step in a lot of dog poop, you wont get any. Wishful thinking, huh?

CD

Clara said...

Check this KD: http://www.onlinecollege.org/2010/05/17/50-iconic-writers-who-were-repeatedly-rejected/

And you are totally right, none of these things, although very, very bad, is worse then a rejetion. It sucks!

Aubrie said...

I know exactly how you feel! I got my first two rejections from agents this weekend. Boo!

Candyland said...

Your list is perfection:)

I'd have to add, I'd rather have my child projectile vomit in my face than get a form rejection to a full or partial.

Anne R. Allen said...

A form rejection on a full is horrible. If an agent takes the time to read your whole book and won't take a minute to write something personal--"loved the characters; plot was too thin for me," or something like that, it's just mean. For one thing, you've probably gone through months of waiting before they get to reading it, and then to get such a nothing let-down--it's like breaking up by text: Lazy and creepy and devoid of empathy.

Crimey said...

"A stubbed toe." I don't know about that because it happened to me and I had to go to the podatrist(sp?) twice and endured two injection in my big toe. :)

Talli Roland said...

As terrible as those are, I agree - yes, they would still be better than a rejection.

Alexandra Shostak said...

Hahaha! Or:

Your cat peeing on your pillow, and you not realizing it until you've put your head down... right after taking a shower.

:-P

Creepy Query Girl said...

lol- you guys have some grosser limits than I do!

Laura Marcella said...

Good grief, I haven't had this whole form rejection thing for a full or partial yet, but if it's truly worse than the things on this list- GULP!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Hehee. Great list. I have one for the list: my toddler niece whacking me over the nose. That has got to be more fun. :)

Raquel Byrnes said...

I hear you. I agree...I once got a 1/4 sheet of paper with the words. Thanks, we'll pass. Ouch. I didn't even rate a whole sheet of paper.
0_o

Dawn said...

Oh yeah, number 6, not fun. Hoping none of this happened to you... Hugs.

E. Elle said...

Great list! I certainly hope none of these things happen to you -- including the form rejection. Boo. :o(

Renae said...

Great list...I would not wish any of those on anyone, especially the reject!

Vicki Rocho said...

Just be glad you had heels on and not sandals or flip flops....it can always be worse...

Ellie said...

OMG, these are good!!! Sounds like a normal day in my life ;-D

Creepy Query Girl said...

Not all of these have happened to me. Most of them happened to people I know but are still pretty sucky and I imagine all of them would feel better than how that partial rejection felt last week:(

Vatche said...

Rejection letters suck in a way, but a week ago I wrote on my blog about my strange reaction to my very first rejection letter. (The link is at the bottom of this comment)

I smiled when I saw it. I was eighteen and just starting in the real world with my writing and I was competing against people from eighteen until the age of thirty in this competition. I felt great to know that my work was actually being acknowledged.

And you know what happened the next week?

I was offered to write for a magazine and a website. So, my work is not for everyone. Like Chuck Palahniuk says, "You can't satisfy every reader out there." There will be people who absolutely hate your work and others who say that your work changed their lives. So, don't let it get you down. Write on!

The link I was talking about:

http://studentwritersmind.blogspot.com/2010/05/infinite-ladder.html

India Drummond said...

This is pretty awful! As are all the things on your list. Honestly, though, I've always gotten at least a brief personal comment on a full or a partial. Or at least it *seems* personal.

Suzanne Casamento said...

Shannon, I too, stepped in dog poop barefoot once. It was disgusting.

Creepy, I'm really sorry about the rejection.

Red Boot Pearl said...

So mine is: Dropping a brand new jar of jelly and having it shatter...
Did this last week, it is better than a rejection.

Erin Kane Spock said...

Adding to the list:Stepping barefoot on a chunk of banana laying on the nice carpet of the room you don't let the kids in (but obviously they were in, hence the banana on the floor). This incorporates the gross physical sensation plus the distress over trying to get smashed banana out of carpet with total fury at the adorable four year old who explained that she was feeding the dog (also not allowed in that room) her breakfast in there because the dog looked hungry.

And: having the lady waxing your eyebrows ask if you also want her way your mustache. I have a mustache? *Cry*

notesfromnadir said...

1 & 2 are both bad, but #10 would be worse if you had no book, magazine or Kindle!

Nicole MacDonald said...

been stuck in a lift when you need to go loo

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