Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Pluggin' Away, Part Funf

It doesn't matter what you do for a living.
Nor does it make a difference what your family life is like.

Sooner or later, you'll meet the adversary known as REJECTION.

Let's face it--rejection ain't fun. It can be embarrassing, disheartening, disturbing, personal and (in some extreme cases) earth-shattering.

However, one blogger has found a way to put a humorous spin on regularly being rejected. Who is this bold, brave individual? Writer, Rejected from Literary Rejections on Display.


As a fellow writer, I know the sting of rejection. I also know the value of laughter. Yet I've not always been willing to openly mix the two. Fortunately, Writer, Rejected does.

Many unbelievably insincere rejection slips, letters and emails are posted at Literary Rejections on Display for fellow bloggers to view and discuss. And Writer, Rejected intersperses these notices with witty fantasies, some involving Rosemary Ahern, a literary agent (I believe.)

Even if you're not an author or journalist, Literary Rejections on Display is bound to resonate with you. Because like it or not, we've all been figuratively stamped with the word "REJECTED" a time or two. (And maybe literally stamped with it in some cases...)


1. The Comments--Between the scathing words delivered by angry editors and the loving reminders of sympathetic visitors, the commentary is always interesting and lively. I have noticed that it's died down a bit in the past couple of weeks... maybe we could all drop by and get it going again!

2. The Tone--Self-deprecation is always in fashion. Sure, some people find it to be over-the-top or boringly indulgent, but I think it's refreshingly candid.

3. The Mystery--Is Writer, Rejected a man or woman? Or perhaps a mythological creature? Does it matter? Probably not... but it's enjoyable to try to figure it out.

4. The Camaraderie--You're not alone. You're really not. In a world of rejection slips, Literary Rejections on Display is a welcoming haven for anyone whose day, week, year or decade has been ruined by the word "no".

As PLUGGIN' AWAY WEEKS continues, we'll dish about neuroses... and gardening.


Writer, Rejected said...

Thanks, QB. You da bomb.

(p.s. Rosemary Ahern is an editor. But what's the diff. She ain't ever going to publish the likes of me, right?)

the individual voice said...

The big draw for me is trying to be funnier in my comment than Writer, Rejected. I think there are a whole bunch of us competing. It draws the funniest blog comments anywhere.

SzélsőFa said...

I've visited this interesting site, only to find that the writer was NOT rejected anymore :)

The Quoibler said...

W,R: No... YOU da bomb!

tiv: Commentary on LROD is key--you are so right!

Sz: I know. What a disappointment! :)