My desk is always cluttered. Books are stacked to my right, a mountain of paper needing a home or the trash bin is to my left. Pieces of mail are scattered in the open areas as are pens, canceled checks, receipts, and sticky notes. I even see hair bands and my mp3 player from the last ride on the motorcycle with my husband.
Clearing the desk is a chore, so I don’t do it very often. The last time I filed papers, I couldn’t help myself and pulled out my rejection notices for my children’s book. Two of them had handwritten notes on them. “Please try again!” was on one rejection, “Cute idea” was on the other. A writer friend told me that it was unusual to receive handwritten notes on rejection letters, and I shouldn’t give up.
I did give up – on children’s books. At least for now. Susan Hunter showed up.