Monday, September 19, 2011

The Love Movement



This video doesn't really have anything to do with anything, but I enjoy this song: Find a Way, by A Tribe Called Quest, from their final album, The Love Movement.

You don't have to listen to it if you don't want to.

Last week, my friend, Renae Mercado, asked her readers how they deal with rejection.

Here's what I had to say:


Now I realize that's a bit idyllic, I mean rejection will always hurt, always sting a bit like freezing air biting against the mucus membrane of your nostrils in the morning, but I'm a Pisces. I can dream.

I vote we should start a movement. We should start calling rejection subjection instead. I just got subjectively subjected to a subjection.

Word.

In other news: my follower project experiment worked. Since last Tuesday I've gained 49 new followers. Alex and I are planning a blog fest to help it work for all of you as well. Elana may also get involved. We haven't figured out anything official yet, but I will keep you posted.

In further other news: I'll be critiquing two interesting queries on the blog the rest of the week. So be sure to come back. You might learn something. Or, even better, you might teach me something.

In final news: please visit my friend Michael Gettel-Gilmartin's Middle Grade Mafioso blog this morning. He's got a great interview up.

52 comments:

Laura Pauling said...

Esp. now Rs are more subjective than ever because publishers are narrowing their list. But sometimes it might be b/c the execution needs work; feedback is feedback.

Shain Brown said...

Word.

I'm looking to get back to a few queries. I enjoy not only hearing your comments, but all the input from your readers. And who knows, with the 49 new followers this is bound to get more interesting.

Sarah Pearson said...

Yay! I love your critiques. Even though I usually get here too late to add anything useful, I still learn stuff so it's all good :-)

Old Kitty said...

You're a pisces!! Well that would explain alot! LOL!! In a good way!!

Am at work so can't play the music clip but am sneaking this comment in! Hoorahh!

Take care
x

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Rejection subjection! Let's make it happen.

maine character said...

I reject rejection and will henceforth subject all subjects of the word to subjection.

Bryan Russell said...

Who doesn't love subjection?

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Try saying "I just got subjectively subjected to a subjection" five times read fast. :D

Love this idea. Maybe we can partition to have it placed in the Oxford dictionary.

Bish Denham said...

I like the idea of subjection because that's exactly what it is. We can't all like the same thing. Steven King is a fine writer, but I'm sorry, I don't do horror. It's subjective.

Creepy Query Girl said...

Groovin to that song while I do my morning blogging:) Subjection! I like it!

Suzie F. said...

Love it! And looking forward to more queries.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I loved your comment and so agree with it.

Awesome that you added 49 followers. Keep me updated on the blog fest please. I may blog an extra time that week if we have a spot.

Heather Kelly said...

Okay. I'm in. I can get behind subjection. Now I have to go polish up some stuff so I can have the possibility of getting subjected. :)

Shannon said...

Morning, sparky. :)

I'm totally down with the subjection switch. Count me in for a freedom march on the agents of the world.

Diggin' the blogfest idea. A lot.

<3

elizabethreinhardt said...

I'm in! Subjection it is...but how could I argue with ANYTHING after listening to A Tribe Called Quest? Too bad we can't send queries that open and play Quest songs. What agent would have the heart to subject that?!

Anne Gallagher said...

I wish you had written this subjection post 2 years ago. Perhaps I wouldn't feel so snarky about rejections (and agents) as I do today.

Em-Musing said...

Subjection? LOve the concept.

Jonathon Arntson said...

OMG! I was 13 when that song came out! Ahahaha. Memories.

Robyn Campbell said...

*sob* I was subjected last week. *sniff* But knowing you're right there with me makes me feel so much better, MacNish. *misery loves company* ;-)

Great song.

Slamdunk said...

Congrats on the 49.

I am all for your movement--subjection sounds much better to me.

Bane of Anubis said...

I'm down with that. Wish you'd developed the phrase a hundred or so subjections ago :)

Jeffrey Beesler said...

The best way to deal with rejection is to surround yourself with people you know won't reject you, and who you know are guaranteed to give you the motivational boot in the tush to get you back on track.

People like you, Matt. Every day I find myself so thankful to have worthwhile friends like you in my life, even if it's in the realm of cyberspace.

Carolyn V said...

Oh the rejections/subjections. I hate them. But without them, I wouldn't get better. ;)

Barbara Kloss said...

OH, my goodness! I LOVE that word. Stealing. *grabs Subjection and puts it in pocket*

Going to listen to song now :D

Congrats on all the followers!

Barbara Kloss said...

ps I started the video and realized I KNOW THIS SONG! I use to listen to it all the time (loved it)...haha. Thanks for bringing back memories...

Amanda Bonilla said...

I love subjection!!! It's so true! This business is so subjective, what works for one agent or editor may not work for another. The word rejection is so harsh, it even sounds bad. But subjection is much softer. I like it. I think I'll use it in regards to reviews as well. ;)

Michael Offutt said...

A blogfest will totally shoot you over the millennium mark on your followers.

I agree with the term "subjection". You define it perfectly.

TL Conway said...

I like the idea of subjection instead of rejection. I think you're on to something here...

Congrats on the Follower Project success!

Angela Brown said...

Ref: Subjectively subjected to subjection.

I think I can do that.

Glad your experiment worked out. Great numbers. And I look forward to the blogfest you guys crank out.

Wine and Words said...

Cool camera views in that video. Very smooth. Subjection huh? Could be said of any rejection really, not just from publishers. And yet it's personal because it means something to me. I presented myself, my work, my idea, my sympathy, and it was not received. It's personal, but the subjective title is a bit of a salve on the wound and a reminder to just let it go.

Paul Joseph said...

That's definitely a better way to look at things!!

Meanwhile, I need to learn how you take all these high-tech screen shots.

K. M. Walton said...

Tribe = So damn good

While I lived "subjection" for 2.4 years, I'd like to make an important distinction. If you hear similar feedback in your rejections, then it is something to address or investigate. It's when the rejections come in with different reasons that I'd call it a true "subjection."

Zoe C. Courtman said...

*snarfs* I love this. Great way to keep it all in perspective. And as I replied to your comment, no, I haven't been blogging at all in the last couple months. Trying to slowly re-engage but...you know how I yam. :)

Melissa Sarno said...

Love it. Subjection it is.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I like the idea, but the word subjection gives me the willies. I think I might prefer to be rebuffed like a spurned lover than subjected like a serf under the iron boot of the king.

But that's just me and words. We can be a strange pair sometimes.

In other news, can't wait for the blogfest!! (yay Alex and Elana!)

Carrie said...

Subjection is such a better word for it. I'm going to start thinking of it as subjection instead.

RaShelle Workman said...

Love the word. I'll join the revolution. LOL =D

LTM said...

You revolutionary.

Tribe Called Quest is cool~ :o) <3

Carolyn Abiad said...

I'll sign the petition: Let's change rejection to subjection. :)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

My girls and I call rejections cupcakes. We wanted a sweeter way to announce our querying news.

It was much more pleasant to say "Agent SoAndSo cupcaked me today."

:)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

dude. I am totally down with calling it a Subjection. That's quite genius, btw. Quite.

Donna K. Weaver said...

I'm totally in. Subjection works for me, since our perspective controls our reality. Can I still go out to dinner after every ten "subjections"?

Christina Farley said...

You are so right. Rejections are so subjective! I just think of all the books that I don't like but others do. Or the books that I love, but others don't.

Michael G-G said...

Thanks for the link! (It's been a bust day!)

I'm with you on subjection!!!

Michael G-G said...

P.s. Not only was your follower project a success, but your comment #s seem to have increased too!

Way to go, Matt!!

CherylAnne Ham said...

I have a friend who always tells me that stuff is only as bad/stressful/whatever as you perceive it to be. Usually I want to kill her a little bit when she says, "Cheryl, you just have to change your perception." But usually she's right.

Point is, I like your perception of rejection, errr...subjection. LOL

WritingNut said...

That is definitely the right way to look at it! Excellent!

Jemi Fraser said...

Subjection - I like it! It is a very, very subjective business & your new word works!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Lenny @Lennys world and I all rejections raspberries....It doesn't feel as severe. I got one personal and one form rejection last week. I'd call that a balanced week. LOL.

Congratulations on the 49 new followers!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

I haven't listed to A Tribe Called Quest in sooooooooo long. Thanks for that! AND I LOVE your movement. I'm joining the subjected movement. Hear, hear!

Charmaine Clancy said...

being subjected sounds a lot less painful than being ejected or injected :)
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Ishta Mercurio said...

Great point! This whole business is so subjective, and it's important to try to maintain that objectivity. I like your take on it.