Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Laughing in that...

It's-Not-Even-Funny sort of way.

I keep waiting to have something fabulous to share. Something funny, inspirational, educational, interesting or thought-provoking.

That explains why it's been a couple weeks. That, and I've been making Irish costumes like mad.

The season of Irish dance shows is coming up! Our first show of many is this Saturday. Shamrock Irish Dance is my new project. It's a long story, but at the end of it, I can tell you that I never really meant to have my own Irish studio, it's a ton of work, and I'm still waiting to see if it will ever get off the ground. But, at the end of the day, I have dancers who are steadily improving in this art. Isn't that the only reason I ever decided to teach dance?

Yes, it is. It does come down to that. In spite of everything else.

Switching gears completely now... here's the most intriguing rejection letter I've ever gotten. Read it. Is it just me, or does this sound like a yes with a no at the end? Like I said, I'm laughing in the it's-not-even-funny sort of way. What are you gonna do?

Dear Laura,

I am so proud of you. You’ve improved the work ten-fold. I never, ever expected you to get back to me as quickly as you did and when I heard back I was fairly certain the work would be so-so because that’s usually what happens. Writers work hard to “fix” and end up missing the mark. Instead, you’ve done well to hit on things I was most concerned about and I’m so impressed.

Here’s the kicker; as an agency we’ve made the decision to refrain from taking new clients because we’ve been so very blessed with the clients currently on board. It seems as though one sale has led to another and we’ve become all the more busy in an effort to ready ourselves for upcoming releases. Mind you…I’m not complaining, but it’s an amazing process!

More than anything I encourage you to continue shopping the work because I think it’s so good. I do believe you write well and you have a lovely future ahead of you.

Best wishes as you go – I want ARC’s!


L.T. Elliot said...

As frustrating as I'm sure that is, it really is one of the nicest rejections I've ever seen. I'd seriously frame that sucker. Because that's pretty high praise and says a lot about your own ability to write, rewrite, edit, and be professional. I'm proud of you, too!

Laura said...

I don't think I can bring myself to frame yet another piece of evidence that I have failed. But thanks for your very sweet thoughts. I truly appreciate it.

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Farnsworth Family said...

That's a nice letter, but sometimes it makes me wonder if it really makes people feel any better to hear you did well - but "it's just not going to work out". Like breaking up and saying, "It's not you, it's me." :) You didn't fail, Laura!! Don't give up! In the end, someone with your determination can only succeed.
And have fun with your St. Pat's shows!!! Erin Go Bragh! :)

Laura said...

Thanks Tiana, and good luck to you this coming week!