…And so it goes!

As many of you know, I decided a year ago to dedicate more time to my writing projects and would post up my progress, or lack of, as I go.

With that in mind, I would also like to talk about ‘missed opportunity‘.

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I’ve been sitting on this idea for a magazine I love for about a year now. I knew it was perfect and I was looking forward to pitching it.

I’d already made contact with the magazine editor and she seemed open to viewing more of my ideas. The situation was primed.

The only problem – I couldn’t quite get the article down. 

I tinkered with it for a few weeks, then I’d put it aside for a few months thinking ‘I’ll come back to it later’.

I don’t know how many times I did this, but it’s safe to say that it was probably more than the current number of re-runs of ‘Come Dine with Me‘.

So I’m flicking through the latest copy of said magazine when I see a peek at next months articles. There in black and white bold print is not only my idea for an article, but it has my chosen title as well.

I stared at it for a few minutes in disbelief. All that played in my head was – that could’ve been me!

Hey, I’m a big believer in everything happens from the reason and I never like to pass up a situation without trying to learn something from it. Even if it is, I watch TV far too much (see original Come Dine with me comment).

I realised that ideas are around us all the time. You only have to reach up and seize it.

But if you don’t, somebody else will. Someone will be willing to work a little longer, or harder than you did. And they will make a success of your missed opportunity.

Now I’ll be committing that particular idea to the archive section of my computer, labelled ‘took too long and now I feel stupid’.

So, if the muse smiles upon you today and an idea happens to float past you, grab it with both hands and work on it now. Do it now. Don’t wait till tomorrow.

In the meantime, you’ll find me at the bar, downing whiskey and muttering in low tones about how I had a great idea once!

Happy Writing 🙂

p.s. Another thing I learnt today – always back up your work. Because something will happen, such as child impaled on broom, and you will lose your entire post and have to start again, if it wasn’t for browser back up that is – phew!

Thanks but…

…no thanks.

Maybe you should stick to colouring in – here have a pencil.

On second thoughts, give it back, these baby’s are hard to come by!

Yep, that will be another NO then. Another, don’t call us and we’ll forget we ever had your number!

But I’m telling myself it can’t be all bad as I’m getting nicer rejections.

When I first started out editors would threaten to set the dogs on me or peek from behind the curtains, pretending they’d moved. Now I’m getting personal messages saying, ‘not for us, but keep sending.’

That can’t be bad right?

Well whether it is or not, I’m still feeling sorry for myself, so clinging to my broken dreams like Gollam to his ring, here’s another picture of a cake.

This time, Rocky Road Chocolate Squares, decorated by my lovely, and now chocolate iced, boys 🙂

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I’m a failure!

It’s something we don’t talk about enough, but without it we’d never experience our biggest successes.

Failure is what drives us to do more, be more and push ourselves beyond the limits we thought were possible.

“When people succeed they tend to party, when they fail, they tend to ponder”

                                                                                         – Tony Robbins

Each time I send out a piece of work thats rejected, I’ve found one more way not to do it. And as a result I keep honing, polishing and adapting. And I will continue to do so til I get a yes, partly because I’m stubborn and partly because I believe if I bug them enough they WILL give in eventually 😉

Failure is something we don’t focus on enough in life and yet it’s what gives us our greatest strength. If you’ve ever shown your work to your third year english teacher you’ll know that nothing can ever make you feel that insignificant again.

So when you fail, hold your head high, celebrate with your hands up and shout it from the rooftops, because you’ve just taken one step closer to your success.

And if you don’t believe me, take it from a lady who knows!

I made a promise…

…So here they are.

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A selection of cakes that I’ve made, mostly when I’m feeling sorry for myself.

I love baking, especially when I’ve recieved another crushing blow from a magazine editor saying thanks, but you’re better off sticking with crayons.

I hope you like them.

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I would love to hear from any of my fellow writers on how they deal with rejection.

Do you bake, paint, or make dart boards out of your latest failed work?

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What’s your favourite way to relax when that bad news comes rolling in?