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23 February 2010 @ 07:35 am
The 2009 Debs have some 2010 books coming out. The first on the blog tour is Erin Dionne's THE TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET, which has the cutest cover and cutest title ever and is getting a lot of attention!

I asked the Debs on the tour if they would talk about their experiences with losing. So much emphasis is placed on Be A Winner that sometimes I think we forget the value of loss.

Thanks to Erin for being first up to talk about not always getting what you want.

Erin, would you describe a time in your life when you lost (or were rejected or didn't get what you wanted) and what you learned from that experience?

I've dealt with so many rejections, professionally and in my writing life, and each one has taught me basically the same thing: if you keep working at what you're doing long enough, eventually, you'll hit the mark. Developing skills and talent takes a lot of time, and it's good-and necessary-to get a reality check that shows where you are on a spectrum. Being rejected in any capacity is a blow to your confidence, and you have to learn to dust yourself off, evaluate what went wrong, and move forward. It's not easy, but having perseverance in the face of rejection is what separates the people who THINK they want to do [insert whatever here--write, be an Olympic snowboarder, design postage stamps] from the people who DO achieve their goals.


Visit Erin at www.erindionne.com/
a.k.a. Tracy Abelltracyworld on February 23rd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you both for reminding me of the value of loss.
A View of My Roomjenny_moss on February 24th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
How are you, Tracy? Hula-hooping lately? :)
a.k.a. Tracy Abelltracyworld on February 24th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
Indeed, I am. I blogged about hooping earlier this evening. Hooray for sunshine!