Rejection & Equanimity

This may be a record. I've had three essays rejected in the past 24 hours, a total of four this past week. The refusals were encouraging ("We wanted to let you know that it did make its way up the rungs of our readers."). I'm here to say that one of the really, really nice things about being a woman of a certain age is that when I got the fourth rejection, I laughed — not hysterically, not deliriously, but just a regular, isn’t this amusing sort of laugh — and got back to the writing.

Here’s a bit of wisdom from the novelist, Saul Bellow:

“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his* own judgment and to say in his* heart of hearts, ‘To hell with you.’“ – Saul Bellow

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