A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Depressed & Discouraged


a roller coaster of emotions that being a designer, in my case a wannabe, entails!

Publications like Knitty, Interweave Knits, Vogue, etc, are indeed about being consistent with their branding. It’s a part of their continual success, after all. I know, right? Rejection is upsetting. This whole thing is so surprisingly personal. I’ll get back on the saddle…soon, I promise!

Meanwhile, I’m SO EFFING TIRED. I’m sure it’s partly allergies. Partly humidity. Partly heavy traveling schedule. And partly that I have been waking up in the middle of the nights, heart pounding, perspiring, thinking OMG THERE IS SOMETHING I FORGOT TO DO!!!! and I’d lie there for what feels like an hour or two trying to figure out what it was.

My sense of humor has departed…went on vacation? A little knitting will probably ease the pesky anxiety of mine…So, how do you overcome rejection and disappointment?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…)

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Comments on: "Depressed & Discouraged" (8)

  1. Rejected? Not by me! Whoever rejected anything flowing from your delightfully creative mind and hands clearly was not worthy of seeing it in the first place!!!
    In my experience as a writer, you just need to keep on sharing it until you find someone who appreciates it. In the end, being able to connect with someone who has the power to advance your work in the key. Ugh – having the patience to keep face possible rejection, well that’s a whole different story.

    I find great comfort in water…..mindfully drinking water, swimming, sitting in a tub of bubbles. On the other hand I can just as easily eat a cake!

    Sending kind thoughts.
    S

    • Thank you, Susan. This was my very first submission after many procrastination. So, naturally, I feel a let-down. I just needed to sob and then move on. It’s all good. I really appreciate your cheers.

  2. […] This one rejection is not indicative of my whole life. If I want to succeed, I’ve got to be able to deal with rejection, or failure, then carry on with my grand plans anyway. […]

  3. Oh Sarah, again another wonderful post! Depressed; yes you have a right to feel some sense of depression and maybe discouragement. But while rejected, you did put yourself out there in the first place which is so much more than many of else will ever day. For that alone you are a success! And as with so many things in life we dont get everything we want when we want ; the acceptance will come and it will be glorious when it does.

    Meanwhile , continue on. Again your photo talents and well written words are truly an inspiration

    • Thank you, Lisa, for the comfort. This was my very first submission after many procrastination. I do think it’s a beautiful knit with interest…comfortable to lounge in and in style to sport around town. So, naturally, I feel a let-down. I just needed to sob and then move on. It’s all good. I really appreciate your cheers.

  4. Ah yes, the stumble we all must take. But I am learning the long way… that one doens’t miraculously arrive published by sheer talent, but only by repetative action. This is what I must tell myself. YOu are a *way* good knitter and designer and Your Time Will Come, but not unless you just get a new project underway. It has so much to do with the masses are lapping up , trend, and less to do with your genius…. so, one can’t put themselves in front of a very fickle crowd as the fashion industry and expect a ride without some saddlesores. Still Sarah, lick those wounds, and come to your blog, and We’ll Fix You Up. THen we’re going to push you to Start A New one ! 🙂

    • Thank you, Jen, for the comfort. This was my very first submission after many procrastination. I do think it’s a beautiful knit with interest…comfortable to lounge in and in style to sport around town. So, naturally, I feel a let-down. I just needed to sob and then move on. It’s all good. I really appreciate your cheers. Thanks for fixing me up, Jen. I’m still contemplating if I should resubmit or self-publish.

  5. Sob a bit but then widen your camera lens angle, pan back. Hang on to the design and look it again in a few months, to see it with fresh eyes. Then you’ll know where it belongs, who will want it, or whether to publish it yourself.

    I think what gets into a magazine has a lot more to do with mood boards, market, how much space it takes up in the publication, whose yarn is being depicted, etc. than with the actual appeal or quality of the design.

    Self-publishing isn’t bad — it can pay nearly as well if not better, and gives you total control of the design; just not the publicity that a magazine gets you — and I think really, that’s all it gets you. (Which is nothing to sniff at — it’s what leads to book deals etc.)

    I sold a design to a magazine two years ago and they haven’t run it! I can’t use it myself because it’s theirs… it’s in limbo, and when I inquire, they say they’ll use it “in the future.” So is that acceptance or rejection? By now I could have sold it myself, possibly made more, had the gratification of seeing others work the pattern… The few patterns that made it to print acquired errors that I didn’t make and now can’t fix but somehow have to keep fielding emails about… it’s a mixed bag, it is.

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