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A Triple Digit Number

During our walk last night, Eric asked if I thought I’d hit triple digits for the number of rejections I’ve received, across all projects, during my career. I shuddered to think.

But the answer is yes.

108 rejections, in fact, since I started keeping track in a spreadsheet. (There’s a handful more from my college days, but I’m much too lazy to wrench open the file cabinet to count those.) Honestly, for as long as I’ve been working at it, that number is low.

Here’s the count by project:

Novels:
Lucinda at the Window: 31
A Soldier’s Dowry (aka, big sprawling fantasy novel #1): 5
Pas de Chat: 23
Model Species: 17 (6 & 11; the first time a couple years back. MS is a better novel now.)

Shorts:
"Maids": 5
"The Manor" (an except from Lucinda at the Window): 3
"Pas de Chat": 6
"Wicked, but Effective" (reworked and renamed  "Wicked Witch for Hire"): 7
"Eaters of Dust": 5
"Personal Trustworthiness": 2
"Breakfast in the Garden": 4

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Generation B – Generation B – Doc, Give Me New Knees – NYTimes.com

Which made me think about ultimate. One of the things I liked about ultimate frisbee from the beginning is the wide range of people that play, including a wide age group. Looking at registration for league this season, the youngest player is 16; the oldest is 57. The average player is  around 31, with men almost a year older and women a little over two years younger. The team that Eric and I picked is 33.8 (men 36.5 and women 27.8). Just sort of interesting, I thought.

While on the subject of numbers, Eric recently had asked me a while back how many rejection letters Lucinda at the Window had racked up. Since I had a few honest paper-and-envelope rejection letters for Pas de Chat to file, I pulled Lucinda’s file as well. And the grand total is: 34. Thus far Pas de Chat has collected 20 in less time.

Tried sake yesterday.  I was surprised at how much it tasted like wine.  A very crisp, clean white wine.  Not bad, really.  Unfortunately, it disagreed with me in a way similar to wine, making me tired, cotton-headed, and disagreeable with an upset stomach.

Today, I need to get back to work on Fuel Eaters after a week of digression.  And tonight’s the first night of league.  Always exciting!

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