Success is a Bunch of Failures

Success is a Bunch of Failures Pen and Ink Courtesy of Morra Morron©2022

Welcome to the re-launch of Wander in a Box…a bit of life, a bit of literature!

Welcome to the re-launch of Wander in a Box! The original Wander in a Box sprouted random blogs with pretty photos, but the more I explore writing and literature, the more fascinating I find the parallels and connections between books and life. 

I hope you enjoy my short-n-sweet once-a-month post celebrating life, literature and humor, including illustrations by my creative sister muse Morra Morron. Fair warning: some of the future illustrations may be a bit gory and strange, but all in the name of fun-n-ideas. We’ll give you warning!

So, without further ado, pull back the curtains before everyone leaves…

Is it wise to christen a blog re-launch with failure? Jinx, anyone?

But failing is part of living and learning (well, the letters a, i, l, r, and e are parts). My simple saying reminds me that every time I fail, I get closer to success–getting published.

For instance, what could beat my own 100 Rejections Challenge? If I make it to one hundred rejections of my novels or short stories, then I won the challenge! And if I publish something before I reach one hundred rejections, then I still won!

“Success is a bunch of failures,” refers to any endeavor, certainly not just writing.

For instance, towards the end of the sports agent movie Jerry Maguire, agent Dicky Fox says, “In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded…”

Ha ha, or more.

How about the hilarious monologue from the swamp king in Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail:

“Listen, lad. I built this kingdom up from nothing. When I started here, all there was was swamp. Other kings said I was daft to build a castle on a swamp, but I built it all the same, just to show ’em. It sank into the swamp. So, I built a second one. That sank into the swamp. So, I built a third one. That burned down, fell over, then sank into the swamp, but the fourth one… stayed up! And that’s what you’re gonna get, lad: the strongest castle in these islands.” 


Hmm, that might be stupidity disguised as persistence expressed through failure. But still funny.

Another shot of failure I encountered in the July/August edition of Writer’s Digest in the article “Find Your Creative Flow”:

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” –Samuel Becket.

I started reading the article but failed to finish it, because it was boring. A positive example of failure saving me time.

So, whenever failure gets you down, just remember…

“Success is a bunch of failures.” –me, 2022 (and probably millions of other people)

Wander in a Box–life, literature, laughs connected.

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