Chuck Sambuchino's blog just posted a wonderful entry today on rejection (great timing, eh?!). In it, he inserted this quote, which I LOVE (I had to read it twice to see how it related to rejections, but once I did....wow!):
Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before. ~Jacob A. Riis
As well, he listed Nathan Bransford's entry - It's Not You; It's Odds and Resonance. Fabulous. (Nathan Bransford is a well-respected agent. And, he's cute! <--am I allowed to say that? *grin*). By the way, I've perma-linked Mr. Bransford's blog on the left-hand menu (and no, not because he's cute. ;-). He's got consistently-great things to say to writers!!
And finally, I enjoyed reading this #5 of "Reasons We Get Rejected," by Victoria Mixon:
You’re one heck of a writer, and you’ve written one heck of a book. But you know what?
You’re a little peanut. Floating on a very big, very rough, very, very, very littered sea. Everybody out here’s a peanut. (Except the folks on the NY Times best seller list, who are lying on deck chairs on a cruise ship on the horizon, trading witticism about litter on the waves in the golden sunset. Stephen King is the one wearing the captain’s hat.)
If we all got together, we could squish ourselves up and make peanut butter.