Man’s stumbles on the road of life are not defeat but simply delays to success. It’s God’s way of making us humble and makes the triumphs that much sweeter. 11/1995
That's what I heard in my ear as I woke up in the middle of the night that November. I've never forgotten it. It has always been a beacon of hope when times are rough. We all have those moments when we wonder, why are we hitting our heads up against a brick wall? Writers have those times more than the average population, I think, because rejection comes not as a thief in the night but a sometimes not very courteous note in the mail or "not for me" comment on e-mail.
But this is what I know. If I can't believe in myself, than why is anyone else going to? Because when I do succeed, and I probably do that more, too, than the average person, I feel like telling all those who rejected me, "sorry you didn't get a chance to work with me."