Monday, July 2, 2012

Sincere thanks

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I just wanted to say thank you again to everyone who left such kind words on my post about the death of my father. I truly never expected such a response, and I am very touched by your comments.

I was in a fog when I wrote that post and at that time I wasn't sure if I'd even get back to blogging. But as I turned the calendar to July and left a heart-breaking June behind, I realized I wanted to start getting back to my normal routines and the things that I enjoy.

I did learn one thing during this difficult time of my life. I know there is never a good time to receive rejection letters from agents but I think it's safe to say that receiving them when you've just buried a loved one has to be one of the worst times possible. But at the same time, the circumstances helped me to easily put the letters in perspective. I can say without a doubt that, while disappointing, receiving letters from strangers who are just doing their jobs is truly not the end of the world, and nowhere close to the worst things we have to face in life. I'm viewing it as a learning experience and moving on from there.

I have missed blogging and am looking forward to catching up with my blog reading. I know there are several book launches and other exciting milestones coming up, and I look forward to joining in the celebrations.

To my American friends, I wish you all a safe and happy July 4th holiday. :)

27 comments:

  1. Good to see you posting again, Julie. Sometimes a resumption of normal things helps in the grieving process. I am sorry about the rejection letter though. That is never a good feeling. But you are in very good company, seeing so many of the greatest authors have been turned down initially! xx

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  2. @Carolyn, thank you, it's good to be posting again. Thanks again! :)

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  3. I missed you, Julie, and have been thinking about you a lot. Again, I am sending hugs and good thoughts your way. Grief is such a hard thing to wade through.

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  4. We are glad to see you back! It's never a good time to receive a rejection letter, but it definitley means that you are moving forward (because you wrote something and submitted it).

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  5. Excellent perspective. Glad you jumped back in. Still so sorry for your loss, but I think you've got the right attitude about getting back to what you love.

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  6. @Susan, thanks so much, I missed you too. Thank you for the hugs and good thoughts!

    @Brinda, thank you, and I like what you say about moving forward, that's a great way to look at it. Thanks again!

    @LG, thank you, I think it will be helpful to get back to writing and blogging.

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  7. Julie, I'm very sorry about your dad. I'm also sorry I missed this until now. If there's anything I can help you with, let me know.

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  8. happy to hear from you, was wondering how you were, but time is the best thing for grief. glad to hear your voice again!

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  9. Glad you are feeling better, Julie. Isn't it amazing what support you can find online, from people you've never met in person?

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  10. So glad you're back, Julie. And thank you for sharing your new perspective on rejections. Take care!

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  11. Glad you're back. It helps to return to a familiar routine.

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  12. Aww! I'm glad to see you back. We've missed you. *hugs*

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  13. Dear Julie,

    My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family. I can't imagine the sadness you feel. I am sending you cyber hugs and have you in my thoughts when I talk with the Universe.

    As to the rejection letters, your positive attitude of acceptance and moving on is your strength...you will succeed.

    Hugs, Jenny

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  14. Julie, truly so very sorry for your loss. We are, of course, glad to have you back. And also hope we can offer some support/distraction for you going forward.

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  15. Glad you're back. I found getting R when I'm upset about something else makes the R less painful. It doesn't matter so much. We'll be celebrating your acceptances soon enough. I'm sure.

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  16. Difficult to avoid sounding trite, but I wish you peace.

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  17. Glad to see you back Julie. If there is anything you need, don't hesitate to ask.
    Julie B

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  18. Julie, it's good to hear from you. Time does have a way of teaching us acceptance.

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  19. Sorry that you had to deal with those letters on top of everything else. You do have a great outlook, and combined with your wonderful writing skills, I'm sure you'll receive good news soon. Julie

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  20. In the grand scheme of things, those letters are nothing.
    May you find some peace as you begin to move forward again.

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  21. I agree, rejection letters aren't that bad.

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  22. @Shannon, thank you, and definitely no reason to apologize. Thanks so much.

    @Tara, thank you, I appreciate it!

    @Janel, it really is amazing, I'm so touched by it. Thanks!

    @Madeline, thank you!

    @Carol, I agree, it does help. Thank you!

    @Cherie, thanks, I've missed you too!

    @EJ, thank you, I really appreciate the support.

    @Mary, I hope so, thanks!

    @Derek, not trite at all, thank you.

    @Julie, thank you, I appreciate that so much.

    @JL, thank you!

    @Julie, I hope so, thanks!

    @Alex, you're so right, they don't matter much at all. Thanks so much.

    @Tonja, there are definitely worse things to deal with, no doubt.

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  23. Hey Julie *hugs* glad to see you back. Ow.. the rejection letters. You are right about taking this a a learning experience. I say there is always publishers out there just waiting for your kind of story. Problem is sifting through. It needs time. Everything will be ok. It's written in the stars. *smile*

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  24. Hi Julie! Although I'm still barely reading blogs, I'm so glad I stopped here for a minute. You have such a wonderful attitude about life, in general, and you're a great role model for others! Hugs to you! And congrats to Carol Kilgore!! I didn't realize her book was out! Yay, Carol!

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  25. @Cecilia, oh, thanks so much, I really appreciate your comments, thanks. :)

    @Becky, thank you! LOL, I don't think I'm much of a role model but it made my day to read your comment, thanks. And I agree, very excited for Carol! :)

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  26. Dear Julie - I am so pleased you're back to being around blogging - and it's brilliant having so many caring supportive bloggers in our midst - we're so lucky.

    With many thoughts and caring wishes for the coming months and years .. Hilary

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  27. @Hilary, thanks so much, I really appreciate your caring thoughts and wishes! Sending them back to you, thanks again.

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