Thursday, 15 January 2009

What a bummer

I am going to have to Slap My Vitals again.
Got an email from Calm Lady of Woman & Home.
Blah blah blah, not doing feature right now, blah blah, editor changed mind, blah blah, can I keep your details, sorry, blah blah. Oh, but we will do feature later. Yeah, right.
Well.
Was obviously Very Disappointed.
Also feeling a tad foolish for telling Great Britain and most of the European Community. Oh, and my mother.
But...
Am rather pleased with myself. It hasn't changed one iota (what IS an iota??) of my determination to do this writing thing.
In the past have received the slightest negative vibe and have deflated faster than a popping balloon.
Not this time. Am surprised at optimism that just won't go away. Hope. And a semblance of peace that at last I know that writing is something that I enjoy Hugely and something that I want to take further.
So... out come those Brown Envelopes again. When I have a whole day to myself which will be next week, I will fill them up and send them off. I might even work out how to do those email attachment thingies and send emails crammed with Stuff all round the globe. Or possibly Not. Calm Lady had wanted a photo of me so I sent her one. Only I didn't send one. I sent two by mistake. Second photo was random photo of beach. What on earth???

Thank you for all those comments. (I know, I know, I don't ever read them or count them) (21)
Can you hold those kind words for when I might, just might, need them again?

Right. Now it's time to iron.
(Did Jane Austen Ever Bloody Iron?)

20 comments:

Kitty said...

Oh bums. What a disappointment. I had all but booked my place at W H Smith's magazine stand. Still, J K Rowling apparently had zillions of rejections before someone saw sense and gave her a go. Your time will come, and when it does, you can pay someone else to do the bloody ironing. x

Vodka Mom said...

I love your attitude Never, never give up. You are the one that has to make things happen!!!

Google Mummy said...

it's there loss! they'll regret it when you are guest editor of Time and Vogue. stick with it, it'll definitely happen for you!

Vicus Scurra said...

Congratulations on your narrow escape. Woman and Home indeed. Would you want your words mixed up with all the dross that forms part of the babblings of these spacefilling magazines? No! I should think not.
And as for Jane Austen, neighbour of mine. Never at home, let alone doing bloody ironing, idle trollop, and my writing gets compared to hers. I am tired of telling people that Darcy was a rubber fetishist and that the comings and goings of middle class twerps are no longer of interest to the reading public.
I am off now to write my fortnightly article for "Organic Curtain Welding".

Troy said...

Oh my heart goes out to you LWM. I've a good mind to cancel my subscription to Woman and Home magazine forthwith...only one minor problem with that idea though.

I know exactly how you feel. I thought the Troy family was going to feature on TV and told the world so on my blog. Then Mrs Troy gives the TV researcher our neighbour's details and THEY are going to feature instead of us. Gutted (with a capital P and capital O)!

Oh, and did you notice the double entendre in Kitty's comment.

Diane said...

Well, that sucks. But I'm glad you are resolved to pushing forward!

HA! My word verification is 'fecks', which is ALMOST the word I said when I read they weren't doing the article ;)

Tessa said...

I became quite proud of my pile of rejection slips in the end - 'specially when my daughter told me it was probably a world record.

wonderwoman said...

well thats a pain - but never mind, i'm sure you'll win through in the end - they just don't know what they are missing!!!

xx

Ladybird World Mother said...

Kitty Pay someone else to do the ironing... omg, that will be good.
And what a lovely positive thing to say. Thank you!
VM - you are so right... and thanks for saying so...
GM - Yeh!!!! that sounds a good plan... I will do just that!
VS - You are Absolutely Right. I want to be like you and write about Curtain Welding. Jane Austen an idle trollop. Who would have thought...
Troy - yup, have seen that double entendre too! Isnt it just a bastard thing to be pipped at the post...(pipped, is that right?)
Hey, I am disappointed about that tv thing too.. bollocks. You will have to star in a new one. 'Lovetroy'... how about that?
Diane - fecks is rght... dont think I said anything when I saw email. Jaw was on my knees. (my jaw, not new pet)
Tessa - what a lovely daughter you have! You could make a montage... and then burn the thing. Well, I say Bollocks and all to rejection! (after sobbing loudly for days.)(not)
wonderwoman - they absolutely do not. Or maybe they do, with the cock up over the photos. Oh, well, on with the next!

THANK YOU ALL FOR SUCH LOVELY NICE KIND COMMENTS! It feels like a crowd (small!) of support out there. XXXXX

cheshire wife said...

How disappointing! In some ways it sounded a bit too good to be true. Better luck next time.

verification word is RETRAP

Suburbia said...

Glad you are determined!

(bloody ironing!)

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Yes LWM - a disappointment but if you keep positive, so will we. A x

Ladybird World Mother said...

CW - absolutely sounded too good...I like the Retrap word verification.. most appropriate!
Suburbia - oh, yes I am that! too right... bloody bloody ironing...all done, and now there is more...
Anne - thank you! will do just that...

notSupermum said...

How very dare they postpone the article! All of your readers were keen to read it. Do they know their readership would have gone up if they had done it? No, didn't think so. You should tell them pronto.

Ladybird World Mother said...

!!! Brilliant. This is the way forward. Lol. Thank you!x

Catharine Withenay said...

My flatmate and I, in our final year at uni, stuck all our job rejection letters on a door in our flat. Became more concerned when we had to spread over onto a second door...

Sorry - but at least it's only a postponement, not cancellation!

Exmoorjane said...

Eh? What feature? Now have to ferret back and find out. So flipping typical though. I used to write for W&H and was then dumped, unceremoniously - no idea why, still don't know why. Magazines are mysterious worlds unto themselves.....
But, great attitude indeed - puck 'em....keep writing (well goes without saying really as you are deeply talented). Hmm, very aware I haven't a clue what I'm talking about - shall go delve...
jx

imbeingheldhostage said...

No, she didn't and I don't think her brown envelopes got the recognition they deserved either (Jane). I'm with you-- this is disappointing, but not deflating. You are going to write fabulous things and I'll be here ready to purchase!

Ladybird World Mother said...

Catharine - now that is an idea!! Will clear door immediately... problem is that others havent even sent rejections letters. Just Nothing!
Jane - now that is rather exciting... what did you write for them? And how very dare they dump you...
imbeingheldhostage - you do say the nicest damned things. Thank you!

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