FAIL.

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity of attending Rob Bell’s “Drops Like Stars” tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles.  He shared a quotation from a Franciscan priest that I’ve been mulling over ever since:

He later shared another quotation from an artist who said that the creative process is something to the likeness of “agony, agony, agony.”

FAILURE

AGONY

Then on Friday, as I was reading up on some new writing blogs I found (thanks to Twitter), I came across one writer’s blog called, “Literary Rejections on Display.”  While Jacob Appel is known as an award-winning short-story writer and has published various literary journals, during the course of his career he has also received approximately 11,000 rejections.  Here are his two favorite rejections:

The first letter stated:
“I imagine some editors find your work amusing, although I cannot
imagine why. Please don’t send your work to XXXXX ever again.”


Another, from a different journal, read in entirety:

“Dear Mr. Appel:
Do not consider this note of rejection specific to this story.
Consider it a preemptive rejection of anything else that you are
thinking of sending our way. The Editors.”

REJECTION

Failure. Agony. Rejection.

Why do people decide to go into this business?

On another note, I commented on Donald Miller’s blog today and was thrilled that he responded to MY comment (and no one elses)!  So you might say that we conversed today.  I’m star struck.

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5 thoughts on “FAIL.

  1. oopsie i commented on the wrong post! can u delete the other one?

    i would be starstruck too! i just subscribed to his blog… and still need to read his book.

    • Done! I’m going to read Blue Like Jazz soon.

      BTW, have you ever done Book Swap on Goodreads? There are so many books I’d like to trade/get rid of.

  2. nope i’ve never done that! but heey sam and i were thinking of book swamping too, cuz we have a lot of duplicate books. we put all of them in a box and was thinking it could just be a library for whoever wanted to borrow. what books do u have? i should send u a list of our excess books – maybe you’d be interested..

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