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A rejection more real

Saw Julie and Julia last night. Best. Movie. In YEARS.  It spoke both to the foodie and the writer in me.  GO. SEE. IT.

Today was a Tonyless Saturday. He’s been working a lot of Saturdays lately. It has to do with his new job title (same pay – less help). ANYWAY, I gave up and went to my parents house and took them and the girls to the happy fun pool near where they live. That was after stopping at Wal-mart to buy the girls swim suits – as I rewashed their sandy suits this morning in the kitchen sink and left them there. Dope.  Eleanor about wore herself out with all the jumping and sliding and so on.  Saralyn did the ickyest thing possible in the pool.  You get three guesses. And I had to clean her up. Ew.

I got to read the first two chapters of my new book to my mother, that’s always fun.  She loves to hear me read to her, especially when I write the words. However, not very objective.  Mom’s rarely are, not the good ones anyway.  Supportive to the last, moms are.

I just got home and there was a self addressed stamped envelope waiting for me.  A real rejection. One of the ones that I had to send through snail mail. I sent it in mid June and it’s come home to stare at me.  I don’t mind the e-mail rejections so much. I put a star next to them, record each one in my notes, and click on the next missive in my “in” box.  But that letter – it’s going to hang around, mocking me. It was printed on really nice paper, too. The kind with a water mark. Textured. Where do I put this?

I would have loved to have had that agency – Oh, let’s call it Huggy-face – to represent me. I’d have died of happiness. Alas, Huggy-face  has an “already crowded list,” and “are forced to be extremely selective when considering new clients,” but  “appreciated the opportunity to see your material…”


Oh, wait, that was Saralyn.

OK.  Ok. ok.  I’ll keep going.  SOMEONE out there must want to represent me. Especially when Steampunk is the new vampire.

Speaking of vampire novels, Books a Million had a display table of JUST vampire novels for a, oh what was it? Something catchy like Sink your teeth into summer campaign.  There must have been 75 titles on that table. Wow. Did you know that most of those tables, end caps and “New This Week” displays are positioning paid for by the publishers?  What? You think THOSE books end up on the front table because the staff liked them best?  NOPE.  Just something to be aware of as you “browse”.

I’m going to lick my literary wounds.


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It’s been a case of GO-GO-GO all weekend long.

Friday, we took a friend from church to Trader Joe’s and went out to finished watching Heroes: season 2.  Saturday Morning, the whole family and friends went to the Decatur Book Festival.  Eleanor marched in the Madeline Parade.  I made her a costume and she SO looked like Madeline.  My whole day was made when we got out of the car and a random street mommy shouted, “Oh it’s MADELINE!  Oh, how adorable!”  My head swelled with pride and I walked away from the car without the diaper bag or camera.  Having to go back for them deflated my nugget.

The book festival was CRAZY full of kids.  My Madeline was one of dozens.  However, I was one of the few to make a costume rather than buy an off the rack getup.  I only mention this because I made Elly’s costume out of weather appropriate cotton, and the store bought costumes were made of two layers of polar fleece.  There were little toddlers a bakin’ all around town!  The girls all got balloons and cartoon do-dads and kazoos for the parade.  Eleanor was a bit overwhelmed as the parade started, but she settled down as we got walking and waving.  Target sponsored the Children’s Pavilion and handed out tote bags and other stuff.   I bought some hand-made paper at one booth, and picked up lots of hand-em-outs.   We also got tickets to the see the last days of an Egypt exhibit at the Carlos Museum at Emory University.  Whereas – it was SUPER hot, we trotted on over and had a poke around.  We also stopped at Everybody’s Pizza, an Atlanta pizza landmark.

Sunday was the last day of Pastor Ed’s time at All Saints.  Then we went to Granny and Pop-pops for the night.  We had a great time all together, till it was time for bed.  Let’s just say, pants were wet, and one toddler was still up at 2AM.  And some nameless Mother was WAY unhappy about it.

Morning came, as it always does, and we were off and running again.  This morning we went to the grand opening of a new swimming pool in Gainesville.  Very Nice.  VERY NICE. Eleanor was a bit of a fraidy cat, but Saralyn seemed to really enjoy herself at the low fountains.  Chinese for lunch. and then home.  We ALL napped.  All.  Yea.

Tomorrow, we take Eleanor to meet her teachers at preschool, and look at the potential house.  Big day.  I am sure to blog about it!.

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