Friday, August 13, 2010

Rejection (or in other words): Why Every Writer Needs a Cat

This is not the face of compassion
I have a cat. Her name is Sansa.

She is not always the kindest animal in the world.

Now, dear readers, I probably don't have to tell you that the world out there is not a nice one. Agents, editors, readers, heck, even fellow writers can and probably will crush your dreams a couple of times on the road to publication and beyond. . . basically, you're going to have to deal with rejection.

Cats know all about rejection. Cats are little purring machines of malicious spite. They thrive on it. In fact, the word for "cat" in Farsi means "cruel unfeeling beast."

Okay, I made up that last bit.

But anyway, rejection. As a writer, you'll get it. As a cat owner, you'll get it. See where I'm going with this?

To illustrate, I give you:

An essay in picture form

It's important to learn to deal with rejection.


Sometimes I think maybe I need a dog.


  1. Your cat is SO cute. It's one of the cutest cats I've ever seen. It has really cute fur patterns in the way that humans have symmetrical features.

  2. She is really cute and very soft too ... it makes up for her aloofness. Sort of. :-)

  3. Cats will always be superior to dogs. Even though there is less affection from the cat, the affection you do get is so much better.

  4. Haha I agree! But then I'm a confirmed cat lover :-)

  5. Haha, loved your essay in picture format.
    That cat is cute but she looks kind of evil...


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