Rejection. And man-eating ducks.

Another rejection pinged in my inbox this morning. After a hectic start to the school year, I’m working on getting organized, shaping my days better than I have been doing. Every rejection is a bit of a setback, but it’s what you do with them that matters, in the end, so I am taking a moment to breathe, to sit with the sting of failure so that I can learn from it when I’m ready. So much of life, I am learning, is sitting with the uncomfortable, and then scrying it for meaning.

There are good things on the horizon. I’m heading out next week for the World Fantasy Convention in Baltimore–my first writing convention! I’ve done academic conferences as a grad student and college instructor, but this is my first convention as a creative writer. There’s a lot to look forward to–amazing panels, the fun of the Inner Harbor, and the opportunity to meet a critique partner in real life. October feels like a month for traveling–autumn always stirs up wanderlust in me, and it feels good to be heading somewhere, taking a short break from the quotidian.

I’m having trouble articulating what I want to say–even remembering it in the first place. Rejection has that effect–it’s a gut-punch that steals your breath for a few long moments, sets you back. I need to remember to breathe–to walk out into the autumn woods and fields, drink in the clean sharp air, scuff through fallen leaves.

In case, like me, you could use a laugh, or at least an amused smile, I leave you with a little October beauty, and a picture of the hand-edited sign at the local duck pond:

October moonrise.
Carnivorous Halloween ducks!

9 thoughts on “Rejection. And man-eating ducks.

  1. Have a wonderful, rejuvenating time in Baltimore. “Hobnobbing with your fellow wizards,” as a friend of mine would describe it. πŸ™‚

    For now, get out there into the woods and take that breath.

  2. Have a wonderful time at WFC! Talk to folks, listen to folks, soak in as much as you can. These cons can be so energizing, not because of the people who are there, but for the information that can be gleaned! I’ve attended quite a few of them and always can back inspired. πŸ™‚ – Beth

    1. Thanks! I’m really excited! I’m not sure to act at a conference that’s not all about old bearded guys with elbow-patches muttering in dead languages…..but it will be an experience! πŸ˜€

      1. My super good friend Linda Addison is one of the Guests of Honor. She’s awesome! So no, it’s not old bearded guys….there are people of all ages, all experience levels, all professional or non-professional levels. πŸ™‚

        1. I just communicated with Linda and she asked me to please tell you to come up and say hi to her at the convention. She said she loves to meet new writers! And she said to remind her of our connection (I told her you were a former student and that you were a talented writer trying to break in.) Linda really is great…and fun…!

  3. Brenna,
    Enjoy the conference! Yes, I remember the feeling of those rejections all too well. Glad you’re finding other aspects of your world to balance that out a bit.
    Playful blessings,

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