Rejection in academia: Grind it out and rock it out.

I'm a pretty boring guy. When it comes to life outside of ecological restoration and applied ecology, I'm more simple than a T-test. I like snowboarding. I like punk rock. I like the international styles of wrestling. I like riding my bike really far. I really, really, like drinking coffee. Above all, I like a fight. Seriously - I really, really like a good fight. Not a violent altercation (my nose is crooked from a few scuffles in my youth), but a challenge. I really enjoy somebody saying, "you can't do that." I also like it when people say, "this isn't good enough - try harder."

When an editor sends back a project that you've sunken 11, 12 or even 36 months into, you've got to embrace the grind and do whatever it takes to put that work out. Not just out, but get it out more clearly and concisely. It's a fight. It's not like you're going to drive to the ESA Journals or Elsevier managing office and tag somebody in the face. But, you are going to make dang sure that the paper's message is clear and that the readers understand it. Then, if you've polished your prose, removed the jargon and laid out your data, and reviewers still disagree, you can semantically and/or ideologically duke it out (politely argue the point).

I haven't had a "fight" in a while, so I'm putting on my headphones and grinding this one out. I may not win the first round, but eventually, I'll have taken my licks taken (paper accepted) and will still be standing.

It's time to grind it out. I love a good fight.

(And a good song x5)

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