Friday, June 20, 2008

Testing, testing, 1 2 3 testing.... I think the keyboard still works.
By way of explaining why I haven't posted in forever and ever, let me just say, it's been a really sucky Spring. All of you know about the Knuckleheaded husband's health problems and surgery. But what I didn't tell you about because it was so quickly superseded by the husband's illness, was that my YA novel was rejected by Scholastic. Which, given that it's in part about the Castro in 1979, is not entirely surprising. Still, it was disappointing. It's moved on to the next publishing house, but I'm defensively preparing myself for another no. The common wisdom is that getting published is not so much a reflection of talent as it is a reflection of persistence. So I'll try to be brave about rejection and persistent even when I don't feel brave, none of which I'm very good at.

And then, on top of all that, this happened -


The crumpled thing in the back is what used to be our minivan before a drunk going over 100 mph smashed it and four other cars, including a police cruiser. But no one, including the drunk or the cop, were seriously injured. So rather than feeling like Mrs. Job counting up her tribulations ("Oy, Job, my mother always said I should have married that dentist in Sodom!"), I'd like to try to pick myself up off the floor and stand back up so I can see the blessings I still have around me.

So, if anyone is still there, I'll be trying to post here more often.

12 comments:

yellowdog granny said...

holy shit sweety..that's fecking scary..just count your blessings that no one was seriously hurt..cars can be replaced..people can't..I've been patiently waiting for your return...js

yellowdog granny said...

going out tomorrow and when i do i will go by st. mary's and light some candles and will light one to the goddess of publishing...

jason said...

oh my goodness! I'm just glad you're safe.
I had my own run in with a drunk driver earlier this year. Traumatic...but luckily only my car was destroyed.

more cowbell said...

Holy twisted metal --- I'm so glad you're all ok. How scary! And so sorry about your book, that's gotta be one of those disappointments that kick you no matter how much you try to prepare yourself.

I haven't been posting for shit either, so I'm still your loyal fan. Check your email.

Doralong said...

Damn girl!! Prayers in earnest thanks to the goddess that no one died in that mess! And just say hey once in a while so we don't worry that's more than sufficient.

sageweb said...

That is incredible...well this spring has been crap for you...summer has started...Don't look back. Glad everyone is okay..sorry about the book I was looking forward to it. Dam Publishers...Dont know nuthin.

a thousand shades of twilight said...

Eliz, darling, we are most definitely all still here and thinking of you, and wishing you less interesting times...
Sorry to hear about the book, but I'm sure that one way or another you will find the publisher that suits you best!

Anonymous said...

We are just glad that you and all of yours are still here to blog on!!! Been missing my nightly visits with you,incognito...your forever coz and partner.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks all and see new post. xoxo E

Jeff said...

Yikes! Very glad you're still here in the blogosphere and that you've remembered how to type- now git to postin, girl.

Susan said...

Oh, wow. I'm sorry to hear all of this, but glad you are back standing.

JB said...

Wow. What more can be said? Summer is here - have some iced tea out on the porch and watch the world go by. Glad your back!