This post was wholly inspired by Space, Time, and Raspberries, the blog of Sue Ranscht, a lovely weaver of words and other beautiful things. In the spirit of her post, I want to make something beautiful every time I receive a rejection, so that I can, well…not look forward to it, but at least have a plan of action for when it occurs.
Knowing that something lovely will come out of despair will hopefully help me to move past it and not wind up in the same situation I found myself in almost ten years ago when I gave up on/shelved my paranormal romance novel The Serpent’s Tale. The veritable decade has given me time to ruminate and realize that I not only should market it as a paranormal romance (I was looking for representation within the dark fantasy subgenre before), but also that I need to heavily edit and refine it before plunging into the deeps again.
Rejection tends to drag me down into the bowels of despair, igniting my depression to dangerous levels. It was a place I couldn’t stay in and remain healthy. This also means the project can’t be overly complicated, but it should be something that will hold my attention and concentration.
This is where you come in, because I’m not really sure what I should do! Since any rejection will be due to writing, it shouldn’t be a writing project. These are the ideas I’m considering:
- Origami – I make some sort of folded paper creation. I’d even be willing to buy a book on this and the proper paper so I can attempt things I’ve never made before. I used to be quite good at this in my youth, crafting paper cranes and what not. Sadly, that knowledge has been lost, but it could be found again, and I’d make something different with every rejection.
- Knitting/Crochet – One of the other. I don’t know how to do either, so it would be an excuse to learn a new skill. Again, I’d be more than willing to buy a book.
- Scarf Making – I could specifically knit or crochet a scarf for every rejection and give them to friends.
What do you lovely people think would be a good “rejection” activity? What would you do in such a situation? I’m not overly talented at making things. I’m reasonably fair with image manipulation (as in I can add words and filters); photoshop isn’t my forte, so any kind of computer project might not be for me. Let me know what you think in the comments!