Stories are the sweets of life. In the world of publishing, as in life, we have to take the bitter with the sweet. The publishing gatekeepers keep all of us writers busy honing our craft and researching the market. A polished manuscript won't always get a "yes" response to a submission. But much is to be said for learning from rejections and for being willing to revise or even re-write.
In addition to the typical responses to a rejection letter (you know--arguing with inanimate objects, soaking in a hot bath, and eating chocolate), I will also respond by posting favorite family recipes on this blog. Some of them may be featured dishes at the bed and breakfast in my middle grade fantasy novel. Let me know what you think of them!
Let's begin with a cold weather favorite and a delightful soul-soother:
Fruit Soup with Pear Wedges
3 cups unsweetened, natural applesauce
1 can pineapple tidbits in 100% juice (20 ounces)
1 can peach slices in 100% juice (15 ounces)
1 cans mandarin oranges, undrained (15 ounces)
1 can cherry pie filling (21 ounces)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of clove and nutmeg to taste
1 fresh, ripe pear--sliced in thin wedges
1. Combine the first five ingredients in a slow cooker. Include all the juice. Stir gently.
2. Add cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg to taste.
3. Cook on low for 3 hours, or until heated through.
4. Serve in bowls and arrange three pear wedges on top
**If you are in a hurry, this may be made on the stove. It is delightful served warm, but is good served cold the next day as well. Serving tip: This soup is dark in color, so it looks great served in bright white bowls.
More Delicious "Rejection" Recipes on this blog...