Saturday, April 21, 2012

Give Me an S! SINGLE

Welcome to The Blogging A-Z Challenge April 2012! Some of the most popular posts here at The Shellshank Redemption are the Motivational Mondays. So, after consulting the tortoises, we decided to make April our Motivational Month! Please join us for this (almost!) daily dose of alphabetical inspiration. We hope you enjoy it! 


A negative review. A critique covered in red marks. A rejection. A project that doesn’t work the first time around…or even the second. People who don’t think we can do it…and tell us so. Not getting the promotion or the award.

The only way to not be defeated is to not even try something, anything. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather suffer some of those single defeats and then get my butt back up and in the ring. It’s only final if we let it be final. Get knocked down but get back up. Again. And again…and again…


  1. Great quote by Fitzgerald.

    And yes, I keep losing battles but I do remain hopeful that one of these days, I still might win the war.

  2. That is a great bit of advice. I'd like to have that quote on my desk somewhere.

  3. M. J. - that's the spirit!

    Laurita - it would be good to have it somewhere visible, a good reminder day-to-day.

  4. yes, a good thing to remember. thank you. DOn't let one kick lay you down.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

  5. Hello, Madeline! Thanks for visiting my blog! I really appreciate your comment. :)

    I love quotes that inspire, motivate, and encourage me on this writing journey!! I've been posting quotes on Weds. and Sats. during this challenge, but afterwards I'll be back to my regular schedule of Monday Quote Day if you need a little boost. :)

    Hope you're having a great weekend and happy A to Z!!

  6. So true - thanks for the reminder! Trying and getting knocked down is better than regretting you never tried at all.

  7. I love this Fitzgerald quote, I'd never seen it before. Thanks for sharing it. :)

  8. I've had so many rejections, and I haven't stopped yet! (I'm not planning to either - I'm really stubborn!)

  9. Laura - thank you for visiting us here at TSR! Guess who does Motivational Monday quotes??!! :)

    Jess - you're very welcome!

    Julie - glad you like it!

    Annalisa - I think stubbornness is a necessity in our field. :)

  10. One defeat is fine. Several can be a huge blow. I've been experiencing that -- not necessarily with rejection or negative reviews, but moreso with setbacks on a few different projects of mine. It's like I can't even get the project off of the ground to even reach the point of receiving a rejection of negative review.

    That's what really bugs me....even with rejections and negative reviews, at least there is SOMETHING to reject or review -- if I don't even have that "something," then, it's a long, rough road to travel on, I gotta tell ya.

    Thank goodness for cupcakes and wine! LOL. ;)

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  11. Nicole - don't give up! Not only is success waiting for you, but so is a giant cupcake and an even bigger bottle of wine. :)

  12. Great quote! There's something in me that always wants to have another go. Success is sweeter if it's hard-won.

  13. Thanks for the visit, and thanks for this awesome quote-post. LOVE it. I'm committing it to memory. :)

  14. Nick - you're absolutely right about success being sweeter if it's hard-won.

    Jackie - you're very welcome! :)