A rejection partner stifles my blues

Ink and I are both in the grips of ‘rejection anticipation anxiety’ and while it’s a tricky time, I’m quite liking the way we’re in it together – albeit over separate projects. The best thing is that we both understand they way it feels to wait and wait and hope someone is even looking at your stuff let alone liking it and we both know how shit it feels when you get the note letting you they looked and they didn’t want it.

I’m only waiting in a very general way at the moment because all I have out are short stories – rejections for any one of them will hurt, but not knock me off track for long. Ink, on the other hand, has some larger projects on the go and I have all my fingers crossed that his plans play out the way he wants them too – even though I’ll probably have to bite down hard on some jealousy bugs if I’m languishing behind!

Having a partner in sublime submissions and rejections isn’t anything I’ve ever experienced before (not when I was completely 100 per cent routing for them like this anyway) but I think it helps. Is that normal? Do other people find it makes the waiting game worse?