Thursday, 6 May 2010

Perseverance pays off - eventually

"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident. They came by work." Thomas Edison

Samples of success through hard work:

Here is Guy Saville's guest blog on how his Afrika Reich nabbed a two book publishing deal with Hodder & Stoughton. It took him ten years and 15 effusive rejections!

And Talli Roland's interview on how she reached publication by never giving up. She wrote 5 previous novels - all rejected - and struck gold with her 6th book The Hating Game.

Lucky continues to survive.

And here is another very determined cat.

And on a smaller scale - I finished my story that I hope is suitable woman's mag fiction reading material. I won't find out until my tutor sees it first!

I wanted to call it "The Red Cat Litter Tray" but thought that if this were the real world - that story will be litter tray material if I ever used that title!

Insider tip though from the fab womagriter : Women's mags editors tend to change the title of your story anyway.

And the Tech people from faraway Dell are finally arriving on Friday! Yay!

Charlie says: OH NO!! That means silly human pointing that flashy thing in my face again!

Have a great Thursday everyone!


umi_e said...

Hi... We like to watch the video...

* the cat in the video just like me! :P *

Take care

iasa said...

I'm glad you finished your story!

Deborah said...

Oh, that is a great video! Do we get to read your story? Just a question. :) I wish I could write, I have zero talent in that catagory!
I just looked at your post from yesterday, the poor kitty, that just makes me sick.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Are you and Talli friends? You know the American Girl book you won on my blog, she won the other one...

What class are you taking?

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm so excited about your story! Regardless of title or changed title, I'm your writing will shine through.

I am so happy for Talli. Publishing fiction has been her dream for a long time. The interview was inspiring.

I can't wait until Dell fixes your computer. Using an old one must be frustrating.

KarenG said...

Very inspiring interviews! And good luck with your story and with the Dell people!

Susan Fields said...

Wasn't Talli's interview great? I loved it! Thanks for the updates on Lucky - please continue to let us know how he's doing.

And hooray for the Dell people coming on Friday!

Bossy Betty said...

Thanks for links AND for the fab cat video!!

Katnip Lounge said...

Now there's a smart kitty! ::intently studying video::
xx lounge kats

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Thanks for the round up. I too loved the Talli interview. I am so pleased for her!

Jacqueline said...

Good luck with the article!...We'll be glad when you get your computer fixed and we can see gorgeous Charlie again everyday!!...Have a happy Thursday...xo...Calle, Halle, Sukki

fairyhedgehog said...

Congrats on finishing the story and good luck with placing it! And good luck with the Dell tech people too.

Winston said...

We hope your story gets published, we have our paws crossed. A big kitteh hug to Charlie too, hope the tech guy doesn't ruin his day too much.
Wiki, Harry & Manda x

Kea said...

P.S. The video was cute! Nicki likes to open whatever he can too. :-)

Kea said...

Congratulations on completing the story and fingers crossed that it will be accepted.

We're delighted that Lucky is holding his own and have our paws crossed for him.

And hurrah for the Dell tech on Friday!

Al said...

Thank goodness the PC saga is approaching an end.

Loved the cat video.

Poor Charlie, you obviously don't truly understand his needs.

lupie said...

Thanks for sharing the video. It just added another point to the cats! (in case of cats vs. human)!

Cat can open drawer, lick their behind ..
Human can open drawer but .. hmmm just lacking! :)

Happy to hear about your first story!!! Here's wishing you loads of goodies luck... and some "lucky" touch to it! :)

India Drummond said...

Sorry if this is a duplicate post.. my connection weirded out there for a second!

Thanks for the reminders that hard work WILL pay off!

Brian said...

That was a great video and yea for finishing your story!!! I don't give up either, I'm determined to help another critter today!

Hannah and Lucy said...

Enjoyed you kitty video and so pleased to hear you finished your story.
Glad Dell are going to mend your computer.
Purrs and wet nose kisses Hannah and Lucy

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Good luck with your Dell!

re "wand wavers." Since ML and Deb -- referred to as fairy godmothers in Pet's story -- are great at waving a magic wand to make things happen, we referred to them as "wand wavers." And we can't wait to find out what their wand waving did for Pet.

tekorin said...

What a great video!!

Good luck on your story and we hope your Dell person will fix your PC and we can see the lovely Charlie again!!
Sorry,Charlie,but we really miss you!

laughingwolf said...

do tell where n when it's published :)

Marg said...

the video is great. The black cat looks just like our Black and he would do that opening the drawer would be right down his alley.
We are so excited that tech guy is coming tomorrow. Do NOT let him leave until your computer is working. Charlie you have to guard the door.
Have a great evening.

notesfromnadir said...

Congrats to Guy Saville & Talli Roland!

Hope Lucky gets better real soon &
I love that cat jumping into the drawer! :)

Am happy that the Dell people are showing up tomorrow & I hope they arrive bright & early & fix the PC.

Then you will have a great weekend! :)

ABBY said...

The video was priceless!


Good luck with your story!!


Talli Roland said...

Eee! Old Kitty! I took Thursday off due to a house guest (!) and I missed this. Thanks so much for the shout-out.

You're right - it does pay off. And thank you for the Lucky update!