Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Sweet and Sour Things

After six weeks of starving - according to reports on the high street, local sweet and cake shops are in danger of closing down due to CateDeflation - I've dropped a dress size. Go me! And how do I celebrate, I go out and buy the prettiest cupcake baking book in the world. Fail. Deciding I need to hide the offending book, I've secreted it somewhere I visit daily. Double Fail.

Though it does help that I can't bake, cook, have even been known to fail at sandwiches. Goddess I may be, domestic never. Erm... Okay, I kind of fail at goddess too, but I'm certain the rejection gods worship me.

Received a partial rejection for Grim Glass Vein today - form, no hints. For about half an hour I went through the wailing phase: Oh, I'll never be good enough; I stink (sniffs armpits); My novel stinks (sniffs paper); I should give up, it's never going to happen; If you haven't cracked it in twenty years; Blah; Blah; Blah. And then I picked myself up (yay, for not being as heavy), continued working on Theatre and got over it. As I said on twitter:

Goodness, I've just bounced back from a rejection so fast, I met myself in the down lane and pinged right on past.

I want this, so I guess I'll keep fighting. Cue Rocky theme tune.

17 comments:

Alan W. Davidson said...

Yay for Cate! Candy-free and done a dress size. Well done. Sorry to hear about the rejection. But kudos on bouncing back in record time. Onwards and upwards.

Jeremy D Brooks said...

Congrats, just in time for summer!

Mary Rajotte said...

Must be something in the air - I am searching for the perfect Maple Fudge recipe :)

Sorry to hear about the rejection but GGV will find its home.

I'm a baker through & through. I wonder how well cupcakes travel overseas?

Cate Gardner said...

Alan, and I figure if I keep on bouncing I'll drop another dress size.

Thanks, Jeremy. Though I'm convinced the English Sky Gods have cancelled summer.

Mary, you made me check my book. :D It's not in there.

Rich said...

Healthy body, healthy mind... isn't that what they say.

Well, I write horrible nasty horror, so I figure unhealthy body, unhealthy mind. Eat cream cakes, write about slug-worm-baby-headed-entities and I'm well away :)

Natalie L. Sin said...

I believe it: grilled cheese can be very tricky. Too much lubricant, or too little, and it all goes to hell.

katey said...

That is my rejection cycle almost exactly. I bounce back quickly-- but I think it's because I've packed on quite a few pounds since my honeymoon years back.

I can't say I'm disappointed. It's so useful to have that kind of padding!

Aaron Polson said...

Congrats all around. My rejection bounce keeps shrinking, too. Once and a while one will really sting...

K.C. Shaw said...

Keep fighting! And I'm impressed (and jealous) that you've dropped a dress size. I lost a little weight in January, but I think I've gained it all back by now plus a little extra.

You could eat the pictures of cupcakes.

Cate Gardner said...

Rich, I do hope I don't start writing about fruit - unless of course I'm pulping pumpkins.

Natalie, amen.

Katey, I still have my fair share of padding so I should be safe for some time.

Aaron, I miss wallowing in despair. Well only because I could console myself with chocolate.

Kate, I'm sure at some point it will come to that. Ha!

Matt said...

Go Cate! Congrats and way to bounce back from that rejection. I had a short story rejected last week and it threw all my other writing into doubt. Ah well, I'm slowly making it back, but not quite with your verve!

Verve's a word, right? I didn't just make that up? Cool!

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Matt.

Simon said...

Congrats on the dress size thang, Cate- I'm finding weight loss next to impossible right now, and it needs bloody doing or I'll be the hands-down winner of the 2010 Jabba The Hutt Look-Alike Award, which I can live without.

Sorry to hear about GGV being bounced, but Mary's right- keep going and it'll find its home. But you knew that anyway. I'll post a picture of a cake on my blog to cheer you up later :D

Cate Gardner said...

Thanks, Simon - except for the picture of the cake. For that, I might have to kill you. :D

K.Hinny said...

Sorry about the rejection Cate! But YAY for picking yourself up so fast. That's always great and it's a sign that you'll succeed. :D

Good luck on the next one.

Danielle Ferries said...

Congrats on dropping the dress size and fingers crossed for good things for Grim.

Cate Gardner said...

Kara, one can only hope. Ha! :D

Thanks, Danielle.