I Think I Need Some Soma

“When at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” I hate that proverb. I mean surly there comes a point when a person must move on. Let’s face it, not everyone in this world is meant to be über successful, right?  Some people have to be average. Just like some have to be the Alphas, the Betas … the Epsilons (for all you Aldous Huxley fans).
I found out today that I did not make the second cut for the ABNA (an award that promises a publishing contract, among other things, for new novelists). Problem is, my elimination was based on a technicality, not my writing ability. The contest has a few rules and someone pointed out that I broke one: my real name was included in the initial pitch and the rules clearly state that you are not to have your name on the pitch, the excerpt nor the manuscript. The judges want to be completely impartial and therefore there can be nothing included to identify the author in anyway. And to be fair, whether my book is the next To Kill A Mockingbird or not, rules are rules so I get it. Still, I would like to stomp up and down because the seven-year-old in me (let alone the forty-year-old) doesn’t think it’s fair and I want to berate myself for not slowing down and paying attention to all those damn details (the story of my life).
So what to do, what to do … anyone out there have any advice for this padawan?? I feel like I am about to drown in the Dagobah System.
“If no mistake you made, yet losing you are … a different game you should play.”
~ Yoda
Something change must I … GRUFFF!!

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Finally made it over here to your awesome blog. xx (http://foreverateenonline.blogspot.com ) advice, when one door shuts, another one always opens. Things happen for a reason. xx

  2. Sally says:

    Hang in there lady! Perserverance always reigns supreme! You ARE a writer! Xoxo

    Sal

  3. It surely sucks for sure. I am not a writer other than my blog so I can't imagine that exact issue and don't have advice. I know when life comes at me from every direction I just keep trucking. I say try again with your awards, even if it is a different one and read all that fine print. I have missed some great things in my haste of not reading the details before. GL and Chin up mamacita!

  4. Veronica Lee says:

    So sorry to hear that!! I have no advice either but I'm sure there will be many other opportunities. Next time, READ THE RULES!! LOL!!

  5. momto8 says:

    well, my son just got cut from the baseball team..the lecture we gave him is how is true… character will show in how he handles the disappointment….don't give up…ever! because then you definitely lose.
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    and GOOD LUCK!

  6. boo…is there any way to respond or reapply? that sucks.

    thanks for stopping by my blog and good luck with your party!

  7. Remy says:

    Got no advice but that totally sucks!! :(

  8. MiMi says:

    I don't know…that is so freaking stupid though. :(

  9. Anonymous says:

    That is a bummer! Sorry

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