Friday, February 4, 2011

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

Due to not one but TWO heartbreaking rejections this week, my MS and I are interrupting our normally scheduled programming in favor of a much needed Ten Sucky Things That Still Feel Better Than a Full MS Rejection

         1. Realizing you’re out of toilet paper in an empty public bathroom.  After number two.  While on a date.

2.       2. No available parking spaces within a one mile vicinity of your very-important-appointment that you’ve waited months for. 

3.       3. Kids dropping gum in your hair while you sleep that gets so stuck and ground in to your head that you have to cut it out and deal with the consequences.

4.    4Permanent marker on your face.

5.    5. Dropping the boeuf bourgignion you spent hours preparing on the floor because you forgot potholders.  And you burned your hands.  And you were having your boss over for dinner.

 6.Bird crap on the car you JUST finished washing.

7.    7. When for some god-forsaken reason, your dishes come out of the dishwater dirtier than when they went in.

8.    8.A flickering light that you push on because it usually stops the flickering.  But this time the glass light fixture just pops off and falls on your head.  (yes, this has happened to me.  And yes, it totally hurt.  But not as much as the form rejection.)

9.    9. No internet for a whole WEEK

       10.  Dropping your cell phone in the toilet


       Any other sucky things you guys can think of that feel better than a Full MS rejection?

      My MS is singing her usual song.  Please join in if you know the tune.


 Somewhere out there beneath the pale moonlight,
 Someone’s thinking of me and loving me tonight.



Somewhere out there someone’s saying a prayer
that we’ll find one another in that big somewhere out there.




And even though I know how very far apart we are,
it helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star



And when the nightwind starts to sing a lonesome lullabye,
it helps to think we’re sleeping underneath the same big skyyyyyyyy!

















Ooooooh!  Somewhere out there,
 if love can see us through,
Then we’ll be together, somewhere out there,
out where dreams come true…

48 comments:

Candyland said...

Instead of gum, having a cat throw up in your hair. It is more pleasant than rejection.

Laura Pauling said...

Sorry to hear about the Rs. It will get better. Promise.

Okay, so really needing to watch some trashy television and the power goes out.

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

Stomach flu. In which you throw up for a week and STILL gain weight.

Sorry about the R's. On the bright side, you received requests, which is a milestone in itself. Hang in there!

Martina

Gina said...

I'm so bummed for you Katie :(

If you've ever seen the move Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, then you'd know the only thing worse than dropping your cell phone in a toilet is dropping it in a public toilet you just barfed in!

Don't give up!

Melissa said...

Pulling an all nighter to finish 6000 word essay that's due the next morning. Only to spill your energy drink on your computer so it short circuits and you lose everything. Oh did I mention that the paper is worth fifty percent of your grade? Yeah. I'd rather one of those!

N. R. Williams said...

Hilarious, this is great. Last night I turned on the oven up to 400 and forgot I put the oven mits in there. I soon had a house filled with smoke. After turning on the vent and opening windows to the freezing cold, the alarms didn't stop beeping. I ran around the house with a towel swinging it at the smoke detectors loud warning.

The oven mits are silicone, so I didn't bring on a fire, but, whatever had spilled on them was nasty.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Jennifer Brown Banks said...

Being rejected by a "loser" that didn't deserve you in the first place.:-)

April said...

Sorry about your rejections. Let's see...what's bad but still not worse...watching the Yankees, bases loaded, 2 strikes, 9th inning...I'm holding my breath and the cat steps on the remote and changes the channel.

I was so pissed.

Christine Fonseca said...

Hugs and hang in there!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Oh, ACP's one is THE worst. Gaining weight even though you were puking would suck.

Since I just received a rejection (not form tho) on my full (I write well and she enjoyed the book--just not enough to, well you know how it goes) I'll play along.

I'd rather have all three kids puking at the same time, while in bed, and while my husband's away at a week long conference, than get a form rejection on a partial or a full.

Saumya said...

Aww, you're so right. But I know that you will get there! You're so determined and hard working that it's only a matter of time. #1 literally made my cringe, btw.

Elena Solodow said...

I'm having an R week too. We can sob together. And keep hoping together!

11. An ex-boyfriend steals your blog and sends nasty emails to all your followers.

Old Kitty said...

Oh no!!!! Sing MS Sing!!!! The Divine Ms. Julie Andrews will make everything better and turn all the sucky things into pots of gold!!!!! I am singing along too with all my heart!!!!!!!

"Somewhere out there...lalalalala!!!!"

Take care
x

Jen Daiker said...

You lock your keys inside your car, the spare in your home, and everyone you would normally rely on is out of town. Not to mention it's snowing and the gust of wind is slipping up your sexy dress you thought would look good on a date. Now you have to worry about frost bite. That's better than a rejection.

Phew. Glad I got that off my chest.

Nicole L Rivera said...

Awww. Keep on chugging Katie. Another thing not worse that rejection (and I can't believe I'm saying this): Running out of peanut butter cups.

Ricky Bush said...

Nope, you pretty much nailed down my life experiences.

salarsenッ said...

I am sending you some heartfelt love, and some new gum. Flavor??

Keep your chin up. It's too beautiful to let hang. It will happen. I believe in you.

Wendy Altschuler said...

Leaving the house with mismatched socks and a stain on your shirt...
forgetting your cell phone at home...
running out of coffee beans...

Melissa Gill said...

My carport does double duty as a dovecote, so I have pigeons crapping on my car all the time. What I really hate is when they crap on my head, especially when I'm on my way to work. This has happened more than once! But I would rather the whole freaking flock of pigeons crap all over me than get a rejection on a full!

Kelly said...

So sorry about the R's! Even though it means you are almost there (or another agent will think it's just right), they are all the more heartbreaking because it was so close!
And I have to say #1 about #2 cracked me up. Who excuses themselves to go poop on a date? :)

Clara said...

Ha! Two in a week you say? I got two in a DAY! Today actually lol!
Great post!

Hum, let's see...ok:

You're trapped in a room with Dane Cook. Forever.Still better then a form rejection!

Katie Mills said...

thank you guys so much for the comments. Each one is bringing back my smile. The last R really threw me on my ass. I totally cried! But I'm feeling better today thanks to you lot!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Aw, I'm so sorry.

Kindros said...

Number 6 makes me rage so hard. Like, you want to find the nearest bird and throw something at it. 2 bird with 1 stone, we'll make it happen. :)

For 10, I did crack my phone's glass to the point that it wouldn't work while trying to fix something else. FML.

Hope these put a smile on your face, even a small one. :)

Martin Rose said...

Being punched in the face. With braces. :( Take comfort, it is a good sign that your full manuscript was looked at -- some never get far enough to be rejected . . . Chin up! Unless someone is punching you in the face. Then keep your chin down.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Wow! These are pretty creative things. I don't think I even want to go there... Just nail 'em to the wall, like Stephen King did. :)

Lisa Potts said...

That is such a great song!

Sorry about the big R's.

I stepped barefoot into dog poop the other day. The only time she has an accident in the house is when she's sick and let's just say it was "loose". Disgusted, I jerked my foot up which sploshed remnants onto the drapes. Ugh. Still better than a rejection.

Shannon said...
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Shannon said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this. Hang in there, sweetie.

Horribly sucky things that were still better than a form rejection:

1. Having explosive diarrhea in a public restroom. In Mexico. With no tp and no one who speaks English within earshot.

2. Being set up on a blind date and 10 minutes into the date, watching him take his glasses off, LICK them clean, and then polish them off with his shirt.

Yep. I've experienced both. Pretty horrible.

randine said...

Having a light fixture fall on our head- ouch!

A sucky thing that's happened to me: stepping a dead mouse in my kitchen and feeling it give and then squish between my toes. I didn't know what to do. I just stood on one foot. Afraid to walk on it. Afraid to look at it. I had a total freak out. I think I would honestly prefer a rejection letter.

Don't ever get a cat for a pet.

Stephanie Faris said...

Last year a flood swept through our house, destroying a lot of our belongings and uprooting our lives for 3 months. That kinda put things in perspective. During that, I was thinking even losing everything wasn't as bad as having a loved one get ill.

My point wasn't to be a downer, just to say that perspective is everything...and often if we just think of what can be worse, the bad things that happen aren't quite so bad. Those rejections actually make it SO much sweeter when we finally do get an acceptance. So, in a way, they're good?!

Indigo said...

Stepping in cat gak in socks, only to take said socks off and realized you just stepped in more with your barefeet.

I have 4 of the little darlings and I swear they just want to give me something to clean up. They throw up on impulse whenever I've scrubbed the floors or vacumned.

Better yet finding a pile of mouse, bird, chipmunk heads in your garden. When the resident outside feline realized I would chase her down to rescue said animals, she started biting the heads off and putting them in my garden. (Hugs)Indigo

Donna Hosie said...

Stomach flu. In which you throw up for a week and STILL gain weight.

Hell yes!

Sarah said...

Aw, Katie, I'm sorry. Just remember the tide can turn so very quickly in this game. I hope next week is much better!

Angelina Rain said...

Sorry to hear about your rejection.

#1 happened to me. It was horrible. I left the stall and checked in the other one and that one had no paper too. And they only had hand driers instead of paper towels. Needless to say, I told my date I had to go home because this restaurant couldn’t stock their bathrooms. It was embarrassing but my date was entertained by my honesty and later married me, so I guess it all worked out in the end.

Raquel Byrnes said...

Oy...sorry to hear about that. Loved your first sucky thing on the list.

Edge of Your Seat Romance

Tracy said...

I got here late, so everyone else got the best of the sucky things that still feel better than a rejection. So, can I just give you a hug instead? I had a rejection this week too that I'm still licking my wounds over. I feel your pain, sister!

Elaine AM Smith said...

Rejection sucks - but singing is the perfect antidote ;)

Form rejects still win over the black-hole of no response.

Colene Murphy said...

Awe boo! Hang in there!!
Umm...cat peeing on your bed! There. Have a great weekend!

Jemi Fraser said...

Hopefully things are looking up soon!!!!

Heather Hellmann said...

I'm sorry about the rejections, but that manuscript song made me smile :)

WritingNut said...

I'm so sorry... but don't worry, things will look up soon! Hang in there :)

Having a seagull poop on your head while on your way to work... not fun.

Trying to get the spider off the ceiling, but having it fall on the bed instead, then not being able to find it!

India Drummond said...

I love how even in the face of adversity, you're damned funny! =)

Medeia Sharif said...

These are sucky things. I'd rather go through an eject than many of these things.

Dianne K. Salerni said...

Katie, I'm so sorry about the R's. *Transatlantic hug*

Every single rejection hurt SO bad, right up to the one that wasn't a rejection ... and then I could hardly believe it. (Some days I still check that email to confirm it wasn't a rejection.)

That day WILL come for you. I believe in that MS and I know you do, too!

Anne R. Allen said...

You know what's worse than a form rejection on a full ms? One that says, "I love the premise, but not the execution. There's nothing about your writing that stands out."

That's the one I got last week. After years of being told my writing is "too quirky."

Arrgghh. I'm right there with you, Katie!

Tamara Narayan said...

Let's see. I don't think I can beat yours so I'll go for: stepping in cat barf after losing half a night's sleep to child who is on her 4th fever/sore throat since New Years so yet another day of writing goes down in flames.

Plus my last full rejection was after a revise and resubmit with the reason being that the premise wouldn't appeal to editors. Gah! (I console myself by thinking this agent can't possibly know every editor's tastes, just some editor's tastes.)

I feel your pain.

JenfromtheBlock said...

Here's one: After being given the go-ahead for an epidural during childbirth, the nurse pages the anesthesiologist and the one on call is NOT on your insurance plan. You have to wait for the one that is or pay for it entirely out-of-pocket. That would suck less.

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