So, after about 15 minutes of wailing and gnashing my teeth I:
1. Pulled up an even leaner, meaner and all around better version of my MSS that I've been working on for the last month (In case this happened).
2. Found 8 publishers that it would work for, and to whom I currently have no MSS submitted
3. Subbed it to 5 of them (The other 3 will have to wait a few days, the kids intervened and I'm dangerously low on printer paper.)
4. Immediately felt much better. What can I say? Hope springs eternal, and I'll probably have a better shot with one of the bigger publishers. After all, the good small presses are just as picky as the biggies, but publish about 1/10 as many books.....
So, that's the Deirdre Mundy lesson on dealing with rejection as a writer -- get over it, submit more, and keep writing.... Not particularly original advice, but the only advice that works!
Now, to battle the evil dish monster... (The oven got ignored because the kids wanted to play ball...inside.... while jumping on the beds.... and I aided and abetted them....we also never made it to the lake, because the game wore us all out and we ended up collapsing...... But they're getting MUCH better at catching and throwing, so I'm calling it "Motor Skills Training.")