Royal Mail, Rejection and Rain

I’ve just had an email from the Royal Mail. They tell me they have now completed their enquiries and the parcel depot manager tells them that he was able to deliver the parcel, so they hope all is OK now.

It’s taken weeks to come to this.

My actual complaints were about the useless nature of their customer contact system.

They didn’t deliver, I had to track it down myself and collect it.

I will be writing a proper letter of complaint.

And I will be asking if they have any vacancies for parcel depot managers. If you need someone to utter inaccurate platitudes, I’m you man. I could do that at the same time as doing a proper job.

I have also had an email from a poetry editor. I have been successful with them before, but It seems that this time I failed to make the final cut. It’s my own fault, as I tried to do too much too soon and didn’t spend enough time checking the quality of the “final” version.

This is the real test of my commitment to submitting more. I’ve now managed as many rejections in the last month as I did in the rest of the year. The result is that I’ve been able to check out my resilience, and have found it’s holding up well. I’m not wilting under pressure, I’m not questioning my talent (or lack of talent) and I’m not holding internal monologues where I prove to the editors they are wrong. I’m just editing the returned poems more effectively and todays returns will be submitted elsewhere on Monday.

That’s todays news. Other than that, not much happened. Apart from the rain. It was quite wet last night and we did get nearly a month’s rain overnight. However, it’s nothing compared to what happened to some people so I’m not going to complain. We got off very lightly. That’s the benefit of living on top of a hill.

Yes, quite wet . . .

9 thoughts on “Royal Mail, Rejection and Rain

  1. navasolanature

    Oh no sounds so frustrating with the Post Office. Took me a year with a British Rail railcard complaint. Hard to say enjoy the rain as so much has fallen here and in our place in Spain in a few days!

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      I will tell Royal Mail exactly what I think. It won’t make any difference. Won’t even make me feel better. But if we all did it, it might make a difference. 🙂 I’m sure Spain appreciated the rain, though even then, it is possible to have too much. 🙂

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      🙂 I will. It’s taken years of practice to develop this approach, it would be a shame to waste it.

      As for the rain – I was born waterproof, I just hope I stay that way. 🙂

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      They are wetter than we are – more hills and more rivers. I hope he is OK. We are generally OK – small bits of flooding but the Trent is generally effective at getting rid of water. Our problem is that it can be full for days as it drainswater from Staffordshire and Derbyshire too.


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