The Situation

It rained today. About an hour after we’d told our 17-year-old son it wouldn’t, and he walked out the door without a jacket. What’s the big deal? One of my son’s manifestations of his Asperger’s is the way he reacts to rain. He can’t stand it! If he feels one drop on his shirt, he needs to change the shirt. So, after fretting half of the morning, my husband finally drove down to the school to take him a jacket. Just in time, too, because by then it was beginning to pour.

As he got out of the car, he saw my son begin to emerge from one of the classroom buildings but the rain pulled him up short. For a second he looked panicked, until he caught sight of his father, running over to hand him the jacket.

His relieved response? “Thanks for appreciating the situation.” (Doesn’t that sound just like a kid with AS?) Then he put the hood up and ran off to his next class.

How often do I, as a writer, fail to appreciate the situation? By “situation,” I mean anything from misreading the weather patterns in my own querying process to ignoring the dreary rain of rejections or drought of fresh ideas a fellow writer might be experiencing.

Here’s my situation: I got yet another rejection from an agent. Yes, it was from the one I’d mentioned toward the end of my last post. As far as I can tell, I can do one of three things, besides getting on with my WIP, as well as the promised edit of a friend’s manuscript.

1) Send out more queries

2) Try a small publisher

3) Put it in a drawer (so-to-speak) since I refuse to self-publish this one

4) Do a combination of #1 and #2

I’m leaning toward the combination. Now, what’s your situation? I’m sure I’d better appreciate it (and be able to lend a figurative jacket) if I only knew about it.

Originally posted 2011-05-23 17:48:04.

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4 thoughts on “The Situation

  1. That’s really interesting. I think that’s what we do with Heavenly Father’s help a lot: we get what we asked for and say in effect, ‘thanks for noticing.’
    I’ve noticed in my life that the more I am grateful for ‘rainy’ situations, as opposed to hoping for God to fix the problem, the more I learn–– which is easier said than done.
    One of my situations would be having patience as I continue through my current project and try not to think about what I will do after I finish it!

    • I wish I’d seen your comment earlier. Sorry for not replying until now. I think if I were in your situation (book deal, etc.), I’d have difficulty staying in the present, as well. They say the only thing harder for a writer than not being published is getting a contract and then feeling like you’ve gotten on the treadmill with no way off. I can see how you’d want to start planning and working ahead, yet you’ve got to deal with your current work. You’ll find the balance, I’m sure!

  2. I’m pretty much in the same situation as you. I’m voting for keep querying. Give it a little more time. Then we’ll move on to #2 and see what happens. I believe in Laps!

    • Well, the full is still out to one agent (and the agency recently contacted me by email to say it was still under consideration and thanks for my patience), plus I’ve queried another. No response yet. Also, I’ve entered it in a contest. The winner gets published by a respected small publisher…but I’m not holding high hopes for that one because I think the competition is pretty stiff. Ah, well. Must turn my waiting into more writing.

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