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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland — September 2019

In high school chemistry class, Mr. Smith showed us how colloidal solutions worked. You’ve probably done the same experiment as a kid: combined cornstarch and water into a viscous paste. Sink your finger slowly, laterally, into the mix, and you can touch the bottom of the bowl; tap its surface, and it resists your force — it acts like a solid object.

It’s a non-Newtonian liquid, meaning it forms a solid against strong downward forces. Which is to say, sometimes the full-frontal direct approach doesn’t work. You can’t reach the bottom, no matter how hard you push. …

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Photo by Green Chameleon on Unsplash

Recently, a writer friend asked about my relationship with artistic failure and rejection. He was collecting advice from fellow practitioners to share with his students in a creative writing MFA program.

As I responded to his inquiry I was surprised to see how my own thoughts had shifted since I wrote a Submittable blog post on rejection. (Backstory: in January 2017, I was approached by agents about an essay I published in True Story about shooting guns with my father when I was a teenager. At the time, I thought, This is it. I’m going to get a book deal…

gabriela denise frank

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