Watched Troy, courtesy Netflix, last night. Pretty, pretty men (in skirts). I’m not a huge Brad Pitt fan, although I liked him well enough in Interview with the Vampire, but I found him quite yummy in Troy. There were some rather egregious liberties taken with the Iliad story, and I missed the mystical element of the Greek gods, but I knew the movie had those shortcomings going into it. To tell the truth, I was pleasantly surprised. It was better than I expected, and it was a stunningly gorgeous production. Not much visceral, emotional connection to any of the characters, and of course no surprises (gosh, are they going to burn the big horsie statue or bring it in? Hmmm, I wonder.) but lovely to watch.
Received: 18-day “Your work was well received, but . . .” from Lenox Avenue on a submission for their “Mechanical Oddities” issue. Wah. This is the longest rejection string I’ve had in a while. Most disheartening.
Today would be a fantastic day to get a phone call from my agent letting me know that a publisher wants to pick up my middle-grade novel. *deafening claxon of crickets chirping* Well, it would.
A Harmony of Foxes
New words: 384
Back to work on the novel.
Club 100 For Writers
(Sigh. I suck.)
Went in to Troy: Expecting to hate it, actually really liked it, especially their Hector.
Went in: Expecting to hate Brad Pitt, but thought he did really well in the snarky / arrogant parts
Went in: Expecting everything to be CGI; found out later that they had actually built part of the city you see in incredibly meticulous detail, including the wall. (It’s all on the DVD bonus features.)
Yepper. I definitely think the trick to enjoying Troy is to have low expectations. Then you end up being surprised. Shiny.
Yes, I quite liked ‘Troy’ too. Hector was my favourite.
Definitely a yummy Hector!
i’m not sure if this is what you want to hear right now, but your copious stacks of rejection slips really impress me. it seems like you get a batch 2-3 times a week on a regular basis. i don’t send out enough work to get that many rejection slips and if i did that on a regular basis, i’d run out of submissions to send. it smacks of intense productivity and you should be proud of that.
I am pleased with what I’ve managed to accomplish, but I just wish I could keep up (and increase) my levels of productivity. You’d think with all the free time I suddenly find myself with, I’d be able to do so much more. Foo. But yeah, I do like how many manuscripts I keep out and about. It makes me feel like I’m being an industrious writer even when I’m not getting any words on the page.
You don’t, Eugie! It’ll be a major miracle if I make it through Club 100 without having to start over again at least once, and probably several times.
Do you collect rejection slips? That’s what I do with them. (And how I deal with them.) I’m something of a magpie; just say ‘collection’ and I want one, no matter what it’s a collection of. 🙂 But that aside, I’m proud of my rejections (38 so far, and counting; if it makes you feel better, we can have a ‘most rejections’ contest), and you should be, too. They are badges to your courage and medals for your efforts.
And here’s hoping that your luck changes and you get a long string of acceptances soon.
Thanks, sweetie. You’re the best.
“Do you collect rejection slips? “
Oh, most definitely. I print out the electronic ones and file them along with the paper rejections, and I keep a running count in my spreadsheet logs. This last one brings me to an even 450. It’s both depressing and encouraging. I’ve seen a decided shift from the majority of them being say-nothing form rejects to personal notes from editors, but that’s still a LOT of “no”s.
I had a mini-celebration when I hit my first 100th rejection. I plan to have a party when I hit 1000!
Am not a big fan of Brad Pitt either but when hubby said that he’s in his 40’s, about 42-years old. Well, in that case, I think he’s cute for keeping his image well.
And he did a decent job in Troy, which I hadn’t expected. Maybe he’s improving as an actor. What a concept!