positive rejections

My friends,
For the last several days, I’ve been purging my studio. This has included perusing files where many short stories and manuscripts duly sleep.
file drawer betterThis past year I managed to complete and send out an illustrated project (my first). But for the past five years, I haven’t fleshed out one work of fantasy. Back when my YA (young adult) stories were submitted, publishers like Llewellyn, Dutton, and Knopf all requested to read more. After these second reviews, my manuscripts received (what I like to call) ‘positive rejections.’ The general consensus – my characters though, “…quirky, interesting, lively…,” were incomplete. These ‘positive rejections’ have allowed me to believe there is merit to my work but I need to improve upon what I’m doing.

Dunce

Dunce

The second piece of focus–my art. My wall easel has not seen a fresh canvas in quite sometime. I haven’t worked with loose color in a while. Below is my painting, “Jess” the little girl who began my love of expression. The post on her is called, Burning to Paint. I keep her close at all times.
jess on easelIn my post-writing process, I’ve discovered a sort of “free verse” voice I was unaware of. At the ‘tender bullying’ of some blogger friends (you know who you are), I might look into ‘publishing’ some of these in the future. Each post I’ve written for, anntogether has taken thought and time. I don’t ever want that to change (nor do I want to embarrass myself with work I’m not proud of).
cropped-header.jpgI began this blog to put my art and writing into a sharing forum. I so enjoy exchanging ideas, thoughts and looking upon all your creative masterpieces. I’m daily blown away by the endless universe of talent and the selfless time fellow bloggers give of themselves. But if I want to share more art, I have to make it first…

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Just look through my studio doors, there is a dog who doesn’t get enough attention and a piano that is not being played. Oh, yeah and there’s that family, the ones who live outside my studio – two teens and a giant husband – all whom I adore.
piano roomSo my friends, I’ll be gone just a bit–taking in some summer time. I’m not sure of the duration – who knows – I might pine for this addictive blogosphere too much (I’m missing it already and I have even left yet). I might come back with my paintbrush tail between my legs and my stories will have to remain sleeping awhile longer in their file drawer coffin.

I wish you all a glorious summer start and nothing but magic for your lofty dreams…

Praying Wizard

Praying Wizard

Thank you,
annmarie:)

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58 thoughts on “positive rejections

  1. As I wrote earlier, you will be missed immensely! Your Praying Wizard is phenomenal — the sweet girl on your easel, equally so!
    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
    The coffee pot will be on simmer — do come back for a cup, whenever the caffeine crave hits you 🙂
    Best wishes, dear friend!
    Lillian

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  2. Hi AnnMarie! I enjoyed reading about your resting manuscripts, your painting that gives you focus, your wizard, your contentedly sleeping dog, and bits and bobs. Hahaha! I wish you a joyful summer and that it rejuvenates and inspires you for when you return again. I shall miss the break from your bloggy thoughts, but I know the time will come for more again….so looking forward to that! Cheers! Michaela 🙂

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  3. For some reason, I have that concluding scene from “The Wizard of Oz” in my head, when Dorothy says good-bye to the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow just as she’s about to climb into the basket of the hot air balloon, 🙂 But of course, you’re not leaving Oz for good, just for now.
    And my, are you organized about your work — I’m impressed!
    Saying good-bye, only to say hello, 😉

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  4. Have an awesome and creative summer AnnMarie! Don’t be gone for too long! Will be thinking of you and looking forward to the new adventures in image and word!
    With Much Love,
    Sibella ☀️💞🌹

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    • I gotta dive down deep, hope I can crawl back up. When I do, hope I don’t look like that crazy, evil spirit clawing her way up the well wall from, The Ring movie. I used to watch all the horror movies with my daughter when she was going through her horror movie phase – so glad that’s over.
      Thank you for the kind words.
      Have a grand summer.
      annmarie:)

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  5. You and c-dog, at the same time… that’s not nice. 😦 But I understand completely. You’ve been pampering us with art and ideas daily, no wonder you feel pressed for time. I’d follow you around if you posted once a month or so… if that would be enough for you. I find that most social networking these days is too fast to grant a break — if youlet yourself be pressed by that schedule. Maybe instead of learning to let go we should learn to not care so much about what is expected….

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    • Wisely spoken. I appreciate your intelligent and generous advice. I’m one of those folks who jumps in head first and keeps diving down forgetting that I have to come up for air sometimes. I should know myself better by now. But, I do know when I return here, I’ll have to temper my time a bit. I appreciate all your kindnesses. I’ll try to talk C-Dog into returning too 😉 Shhhh, don’t tell her, it will be our secret 😉
      Have a glorious summer. I will return, hopefully, with a tan 😉
      am:)

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  6. Wishing a great summer to the greatest artist, writer and beautifulest person in the whole wide world AnnMarie! When I get better from my illness I’ll be writing my 600th story it’s going to be a special summer for me. I love the summer but for now just rest up and take my antibiotics. You have some fun AnnMarie this summer!

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      • Your welcome! I will indeed I think I got something in store for 600 going to write for a girl who needs to feel special. She struggles with self confidence and has some trouble making friends and having problems. I know this story will mean a lot to her so I think it will make her feel special and feel better. But I will take care of myself and when I feel better I will write the story for Paris. Enjoy your summer too AnnMarie!

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  7. I’m doing something similar, AnnMarie. Moving house has disrupted my creative output and I’m missing stringing words together to make stories, so, once my fortnight of self-imposed techno-isolation is done, I’ll be concentrating on the writing and all else will be allowed only to fill in whatever space is left.
    Glad to learn you’re considering getting some of your brilliant poetry published. Go for it!

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  8. Dear AnnMarie,
    Thanks for sharing your updates with us. It’s been a real pleasure to follow some of your work, and I understand the reasons for taking a break. ‘Real life’ is very important too 🙂
    Best wishes,
    Takami

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  9. I have fallen behind…so in my playing catch-up I discovered Deb was going off to write “real stuff”, which brought a few tears. And now you are on hiatus, too, and I am in a puddle. I will miss your lovely/monsterish art and your beautiful words, but mostly I will miss you, AnnMarie. Here’s to a very productive summer…please remember the road back and those of us who draw inspiration from your work. Hugs to you, my East Coast friend – Pray for rain for California. — Fawn

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    • Dear Fawn,
      I heard the little bell as I’m in my studio actually creating pretty pictures (well, when you see them you can be the judge of how ‘pretty’ they are – some are a bit terrifying – they’re scaring even me – if I go too long without drawing creatures they become quite gruesome ;))
      Deb and I have been going back and forth about what it takes to accomplish more involved writing pieces – I don’t know if she’s coming back to WP – I am, but I do need to put the hammer down and get some work (art&writing) done at least for a bit. I imagine comments here will slow to a crawl – but if anyone should leave a message, I’ll return it.
      You are one of the special folks I’ll miss most. Keep those precious grandkiddies and lovely daughter on the straight-and-narrow 😉 until I return. Enjoy gorgeous CA – hey, ya never know maybe I’ll get out there again one of these days. One does grow tired of the east coast 😉
      Enjoy!
      am:)
      rain, rain go Fawn’s way, please go and give CA wet spray (that’s my song for you)

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      • It took me awhile to find this, AnnMarie…thank you for the rain song; we got a few drops on Thursday at work, but not at home. My email sent me your “first boyfriend” poem, which I loved, but the link was broken so I couldn’t comment in the right place. I hope by now you and Deb have had your meet-up in New York, and that I get to hear about it someday. Happy Independence Day, my friend! – Fawn

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      • Hi Fawn 🙂
        Hope you and your lovely family enjoyed a splendid Independence Day celebration. Deb and I finally met! We had a fabulous time. We spent hours chatting about blogging and writing and family…her and her husband Bob brought such thoughtful gifts for my entire family – so very generous. It didn’t seem that there was enough time to chat – her and I could have kept yakking on forever…like a never ending comment box 😉
        Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we 3 met up someday! Hey, ya never know!
        Funny story about the first boyfriend post – it wasn’t supposed to be published – was unfinished. Deb was showing me how to post things in advance and time stamp them – she ‘assured’ me when I hit the publish button the post would just wait in the queue, but when I hit the button it published – it was actually very funny. My Mac is not set on the proper time – so it wasn’t her fault. She felt terrible – I had to assure her that it was okay and we had a good laugh about it. So you’ll see that post again…
        I do hope you’re well. And feel free to email me anytime – amrosekiss@gmail
        I’ve been getting quite a bit of art done and visiting with friends I haven’t seen in a while…
        Planning a few family things too in August.
        I do miss the blog quite a bit and I’ll be returning soon.
        I’m still hoping for rain for CA 🙂
        am:)

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  10. My time is opposite of yours. As a teacher my busiest and most creative time is in the summer when I actually have time to write uninterpreted and enjoy the writing of others. I wish you time to rejuvenate and rest and create alternate worlds in your brain.

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    • I hope you had a terrific school year. Thank you for having the patience and passion to teach. I’m a substitute teacher and I see first hand the energy and dedication that goes into a teacher’s school year. Enjoy your summer of creativity.
      I’m taking a bit of time to get some artwork done then I’ll be back.
      Thank you for your kind thoughts.
      annmarie:)

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  11. I really really understand where you are placed just now…needing some time out in the “real” world to focus on family, husband, teenagers, Art work, writing etc etc etc. For me trying to find time to fit in all that I want to do is SO difficult…and like you…I haven’t picked up a paintbrush for months. I play and practise the piano because through the Summer I am a stand in organist. Am also working away at folks’ gardens. It will be refreshing for you to take a break…walk away for a wee bit…do what your heart inspires you to do, and come back refreshed and renewed. My thoughts are with you…good luck with all your writing and Artwork in the Summer months to come. It takes courage to follow your passions…You are an inspiration…Take good care, enjoy, and be kind to yourself! 🙂 xxx

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    • Thank you so much for you inspiring and kind words. I was swinging too many pens and not enough paint. I do miss the blog, but I need to focus and get some new pieces done. I’ll feel much better after I do. 🙂
      Wow, so you’re an organist – fantastic! I’m sure you’re an exquisite pianist. What I hear in my head is better than what actually comes though my fingers when I’m tapping the ivories 😉 I need to practice more and I’m trying to fit that in as well 🙂
      You’re very kind with your busy life to tend your folks’ garden – I’m sure it’s greatly appreciated. 🙂
      I do miss blogging but as you say, I’ll definitely feel refreshed when I return.
      Thank you again for your generous words. You have a wonderful weekend.
      annmarie:)

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      • …I am one of the regular church organists at the little Episcopal church here in Lanark, but next 2 weeks am also filling in elsewhere while folk are on holiday. Been playing piano since the age of 7, worked my way thro piano exams. At 18 had to choose between Music or Art as a career…ended up training as a secondary school Art teacher. Now, like you, my Artwork has been on a back burner for far too long. WordPress has given me an outlet for my writing…which is very new to me…and seems to be making connections. Again like with anything, even the Blog can become too much a part of all the things you want to achieve everyday. A need to Balance what you choose to do every day…so important! As I get older I am so aware that it is my choice how I choose to spend this earth time…my youngest of 6 is now 17 going on 18…University next year and I will start a whole new chapter in my book! Wow!
        John and I run a self employed gardening business…so also really busy just now fitting in gardening on good sunny days. I have never ever been bored or at a loss as to what to do…!!! Enough about me…just wanted to say, I really do understand your dilemma of being pulled in some directions more than others and your need to alter that for your own well being , growth, and food for your soul! I too am aware that Blogging…answering and looking at new Blogs can take so so much time up when Time is already kind of rationed out…!

        I won’t take up any more of your time…thinking of you through this Summer, good luck with it all and will say Cheerio, all the Best…Enjoy the freeing experience! Take care, Love and Joy, Krystyna 🙂 xxx

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      • Krystyna –
        I humbly thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generous thoughts. That’s right, I’d forgotten you have 6 children and were also an art instructor! Let me say, I’m utterly blown away and completely amazed at how accomplished you are and what an amazing role model you must have been and are for your brood. Congratulations on the successes of your family – they are – your greatest masterpiece. And now you’ve got maybe a ‘wee’ bit of time for yourself and you fill it with renaissance pursuits – amazing. It’s stories like yours, that help others to know – anything is possible. I will do my best to balance as I move forward. I’ve been getting quite a bit of art done and just need to be a bit more ‘practical’ in the use of my time when I return here so I can continue to art, write, blog, breathe and (oh yes, not forget the family who lives in my house with me ;))
        Again, I thank you for your time here. I wish you equal success in fulfilling your art passion and playing the church organ (I’m sure you play like an angel :)). Also, running your gardening business. It’s funny, my husband manages a garden center too – his dream is to have his own in a few years 🙂
        All the best. Enjoy the summer. I’ll be back soon.
        Warmest regards,
        annmarie:)

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