I won't call it a cold snap, as it's really not that bad out there, the 40s, but the furnace did come back on, so I'll call it a cool snap.
And it's not really a Blue Monday, either, but I did get a rejection in the mail today. I got an acceptance, too, so I am not at all blue, but it reminded me that it's probably time to tally up the tally in the 100 Rejections project several of us are doing.
Since the start of this year, I've sent out 19 packets, had 6 acceptances, and 3 rejections, which looks top heavy in a good way. Back up to September 1, 2011, when the project started, though, and it tips back the other way: 64 sent, 19 accepted, 28 rejected. Sigh...the more typical ratio. Still, not bad!
Today's rejection is a good motivator to get things back out there. I've had a busy couple of months, and the submitting slowed down while other activities held steady or increased. So, time to find the right homes for some lonely strays.
Audrey Hepburn is cool! Love in the Afternoon. And another rose from my daughter.
"You must change your life," said Rilke. So that's what I keep doing. I worked as an actor and director in Chicago, wrote for an encyclopedia, edited two poetry journals, shelved and retrieved materials in several libraries, walked beans, and was an assistant professor of English. Now I serve as Poetry Editor and Editor at Large for Escape Into Life, an online arts magazine, write & edit as a freelancer, blog "eight days a week," study the random, tend perennials, and listen to birdsong.