Friday, February 26, 2010

Infinity + one


Fall down seven times, stand up eight.

This is my new mantra. I saw it engraved on a bracelet in a catalog. I think anyone who is struggling with anything should get one. Especially anyone struggling with writing.

Fall seven, stand eight.

Fall seventy-five, stand seventy-six.

Keep going, no matter what.

14 comments:

Callie James said...

Bravo. That's a good one. I just read something similar this morning (if you don't mine me tacking a blog onto your blog post). :)

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/02/guest-blogger-billy-coffey.html

JoAnn said...

Thanks, Callie -- That was a great post at Rachelle Gardener's blog. We just have to keep walking and not quit. Eventually we'll get there.

Jeanie said...

This couldn't have come at a more opportune time for me! I am querying and received a VERY distressing rejection from an agent who said, although she enjoyed my writing, the humor in my partial made her think I am writing light paranormal WHICH SHE FINDS VERY DIFFICULT TO SELL!!!!!

I was ready to slit my throat. Wha? Funny doesn't sell? I am so screwed.

So, I needed this post. Thanks!

JoAnn said...

Jeanie, *she* can't sell light paranormal. Plenty of other agents *can* and do. As Miss Snark used to say: "Query widely." Keep going. You will find the right agent.

Andy Leigh said...

I'm new to your blog and hope you don't mind me commenting.

I love that mantra. Thank you for posting. :)

JoAnn said...

Welcome, Andy Leigh! We're so glad you stopped by. Come back often. :-)

Callie James said...

Jeanie, I have to agree with JoAnn and Miss Snark. Keep sending.

And notice how that "rejection" was personalized? Always a good sign. :)

I'm a glass half full kind of girl.

Gwen Hernandez said...

I love that one, JoAnn.

Sorry about the rejection, Jeanie, but I know you will find the right agent for your work. Keep sending it out there and keep writing! ;-)

Christine said...

Ah Jeanie: been there and heard that myself--too funny--ah! But that was personal and there are plenty of other agents in the sea. And publishers.

Love the bracelet. Want one!

Awesome post!

Jeanie said...

Thanks to everyone for their kind words of encouragement. I am calmer now. But, boy, was I upset there for a while! And I mean to keep on querying!

Carla Swafford said...

Being a cynic, I thought. So only 8 times. LOL!

JoAnn said...

Read the title of the post, Carla. :-)

Louisa Cornell said...

Rest assured that if anyone who reads this blog finds themselves in the position to need a boost getting up that last time this group of ladies will apply the appropriate number of feet to your butt to help you up!!

Sometimes you need to remember that success is the very best revenge on those people who just don't see your brilliance.

And sometimes I get up just to piss off the person who knocked me down. Getting up that last time pisses off ALL the right people! LOL

M.V.Freeman said...

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!