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Posted on 2009.03.15 at 14:14
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In counting the rejections I've received since the beginning of this year, I realized I'm averaging a little more than one per week. At this rate, I will have more rejections this year than ever before. Of course, there's always the hopeful idea that some stories will actually be bought.... Anyhow, I have one little guy holding on at a market right now. Will he make it? Won't he? Stay tuned, folks.

I'm still searching for that elusive first sale. It's starting to seem like a unicorn. I'd like to believe in it, it sure would be nice if it existed, but deep down I have the sneaky suspicion I'll never spot one. *sigh* Just ignore me, I'm throwing myself a pity party today. That's what I get for actually sitting down and counting rejections.

Two weeks into the day job and I feel like I'm starting to settle in. Steady work + paycheck = happy me. I come home mentally exhausted, and on those days I get very little writing done. A sentence satisfies me. So I spend those evenings mostly reading.

Private investigation class continues to be amazing. This past week we had three guests: a P.I. specializing in surveillance, one specializing in litigation (he basically does the legwork for lawyers), and a crime scene investigator. Something I never considered about surveillance work before is how boring it is most of the time. There are brief periods of action, and there's a lot of decision making involved during those moments, but mostly it's sitting around and waiting. And occasionally convincing the police that you're not a stalker.

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Erica
hildebabble at 2009-03-15 21:01 (UTC) (Link)
I'm crashing your pity party to remind you that you're totally awesome and it's only a matter of time!

And occasionally convincing the police that you're not a stalker.

Do you remember Jeanne's dialogue eavesdropping exercise? I ended up sitting outside a meeting in the school library that turned out to be a job interview, and I felt so guilty.
kannibal_kat
kannibal_kat at 2009-03-16 01:25 (UTC) (Link)
Aw, thanks for the kind words!

What was somebody doing holding a job interview in a public space like the library?!? It's like they were asking to be overheard.
Erica
hildebabble at 2009-03-16 02:22 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know but I was pretty conspicuous sitting right outside the door on the floor. :) Maybe it was for an internship?

And ditto Ridler. We're all in your corner, waving towels of encouragement!
jsridler
jsridler at 2009-03-15 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
Ha! As RP noted, Odyssey is actually the cover for a covert Super Spy School of Awesomeness and congrats on figuring it out! Your diploma and decoder ring are in the mail.

And just hold steady. That first sale always feels out of reach until it appears, but when it does-BAM! Time to Mardi Gras!

Just keep at it!

JSR
kannibal_kat
kannibal_kat at 2009-03-16 01:26 (UTC) (Link)
That's where you guys got those cool rings!!!

Heh, my pity party is turning into a My Friends Are Awesome party.
jsridler
jsridler at 2009-03-16 02:04 (UTC) (Link)
Happy to help. Just roll with the punches until you land your own KO!

JSR
Barbara A. Barnett
babarnett at 2009-03-15 23:12 (UTC) (Link)
I'd be proverbial pot calling your proverbial kettle black telling you not to throw yourself a pity party once in a while, but I can assure you that the first sale is out there. They're slippery little buggers, but you will catch one, for you are the awesome Becky lady.

I come home mentally exhausted, and on those days I get very little writing done.

I hear ya on that one. I really intend to write after my in-the-office days, but my brain just gives me this look and goes, "Oh, hell no!"
kannibal_kat
kannibal_kat at 2009-03-16 01:29 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the encouraging words! Sometimes it's good to just vent a little. Holding that stuff inside can drive a person crazy.

And funny how mental exhaustion sucks so much more from a person than physical exhaustion! My brain doesn't even speak to me at the end of work days.
todd_vandy at 2009-03-15 23:14 (UTC) (Link)
You'll get there! There are pro's who got upwards of 200! rejections (per year) before they started to sell.

Glad you're settling into the day job. Money iz nice. (You can quote me.)
kannibal_kat
kannibal_kat at 2009-03-16 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
Money iz nice. (You can quote me.)

I will! It's so true. And thanks for the encouragement. :)
Krista
kristajhl at 2009-03-16 14:58 (UTC) (Link)
Hang in there! It's only a matter of time! Right now it seems interminable, but then presto, it will change! Just keep on keeping on! And don't count your rejections unless you can take pride in them...that's what I say! :)
I think of Alex Wilson as being very inspiring on this front...he's kept an open log of his submissions/rejections for several years now, and it's pretty impressive...check it out if you want. http://www.alexwilson.com/projects/journal/happy_fun_log/

And in the meantime, very cool part time job!
kannibal_kat
kannibal_kat at 2009-03-17 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link. Those numbers are awe-inspiring!
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