A "Rose" is given when a member of the group finishes their first manuscript, lands an agent or editor contract, finals in a contest, or other writing milestone. Rather than actual flowers, a rose consists of a really good pen, pads of paper, good books or other neat gifts.
A "Thorn" is given when one of us receives a rejection. Last year, I was crowned the Queen of Thorns as I received more rejections than anyone else. It also meant I was submitting more than anyone else. Then I received my roses in the form of contracts from Cerridwen Press.
I'm still collecting thorns. One yesterday, one today. But I am no longer the queen. One of my friends has taken the crown. And that's fine with me.
But I am still getting rejections. And they still hurt. I know - rejections aren't personal. Don't take them as such.
Yeah. Right. Okay, they're not personal. But they still hurt. So I'll give myself a day to rage against the fates, then I'll get back to work. Cause that's what writers do. And I am a writer.
Progress last night - finished the last hundred pages of the edit. 394 pages edited in a week.
Birthdays: Hermann Hesse, Wislawa Szymborska, Kingsley Bass, Jr., Francis Wyndham
Tips and Teasers: You've found a cell phone on the sidewalk. While checking for an owner, you look at the numbers recorded – and find your own number. Yet you cannot find anyone in the list that you know and you've never seen this cell phone number before. Who owns the phone and why do they have your name and number?
Thought for the day: "The saying goes 'when one door shuts, another opens.' Unfortunately, publishing doors shut every day… Sometimes you have to haul yourself up and climb out a window." – Holly Jacobs