Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Hookers or slicers?

I'd rather be a hooker than a slicer.
For one thing, if you're a hooker it means your hands are stronger, and if you're a slicer you're letting things go at the top of your swing.
What swing?
Oh, the golf swing.
What did you think we were discussing?
I went to the golf course to hit a couple buckets of practice balls. I was working on websites all day yesterday and this morning I burned my finger while cleaning the kitchen, so I decided I needed a change of scenery.
One thing I have to remember - wear pants that don't slip down. I was wearing a pair of jeans that are too big, and everytime I swung, they'd slip. I must have made a fascinating sight - swing, grab, tug, pull, swing, grab, tug...
It's a beautiful, crisp day. And I'm back inside because I have to get to work on a story - the deadline is looming like the iceburg over the Titanic.
I got two rejection notes from agents yesterday. I'm trying to sell a paranormal thriller about a woman who finds lost children. So far I've sent out three queries and had three (nice, but still) rejections. It's sort of like golf. There are good days and bad days. Sometimes you get the par, and sometimes you think you'd like to throw the clubs in the nearest pond. The one your ball just fell into, for example. I once made a man fall off his tractor, he was laughing so hard. I hit three balls in a row into the pond. I don't know why that was so funny. Maybe because the pond was at right angles to me, and far smaller than the fairway I was aiming for? Who knows. Anyway, he fell off his tractor then had to scramble to get back in it before it drove into the bunker.
That day I was slicing.
I'd much rather be a hooker.


John Nez said...

Well it must be refreshingly ironic to be both an editor and receive rejection letters at the same time.

Sometimes I care about rejection letters... but usually I don't much. I guess publishing is a bit more like a crapshoot than a golf! It's more blind chance than skill... some of the time.

Seeley deBorn said...

I've never golfed or sent a submission in.

I'm hoping to start submitting next year.

I guess we'll find out soon enough, eh?

Sam said...

John - the irony of teh situation was not lost on me - unfortunately. I'm not good with irony or sarcasm unless I'm the one dishing it out, lol. My husband says I have no sense of humor.
Seeley - golf and writing is a lot alike. Both make you frustrated enough to scream - and both give an incredible feeling of satisfaction when things go just right.
Well, I suppose that applies to most ANYTHING. But golf just seems more up and down-y, for some reason.

Erin the Innocent said...

I'm sorry about the rejection letters. I've got my fingers crossed that the next letter brings good news!

Bernita said...

Everyone - agents, editors, as well as writers - get rejections in this business.

Just tell your husband your sense of humour is more refined and selective than his.

Sam said...

Erin, thank you! I did get good news this morning - Pocket books has bought another one of my books for an anthology! Yay!
So things do even out.

Bernita - LOL - yes, my sense of humor is far more refined. He likes slapstick. He can also take teasing. I'm a Leo. We hate to be teased.

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