Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
January 23, 2004
Aaaand another.
Category: Miscellany

So I woke up around noon today to find another rejection sitting in my inbox. Not the one I'm waiting on, though -- this one was for a poem that I'd kinda/sorta forgotten that I'd submitted. Which makes it worse. I wasn't expecting it, you see, so it's like this thing blindsides me from left field and says, "Hey, by the way, you suck!" Except it didn't actually say that. It didn't really say anything, being a standard rejection. (It did contain a personalized parenthetical -- or I assume it was, owing to the typo -- although this only said, "Trry us again, B. Thanks." Which is pretty much what the rejection said, minus the "this work was not selected" bit.) And this lack of commentary, I've found, also somehow makes rejections worse. Yesterday's rejection was for a piece that I still think is the best story I've ever written, and it was the second rejection I received in response to that story. It said nothing; standard reply. The first rejection, however, did have brief comments of a rather unflattering nature. But this was somehow comforting, since not only do I disagree with them entirely, but several persons to whom I've shown the story have had encouraging things to say. So then, at least, I could respond (i.e., to myself, not by way of nasty direct replies) by saying, "Philistine!" or something to that effect, and I didn't take this rejection very hard at all -- the rejection came on a Friday, and the story was in the mail en route to another editor on the following Monday. And even if I had agreed with them, or seen anything worthy of note in them, I could've sat down and revised the story in an attempt to make it better. But this telling me nothing...tells me nothing. And it's kind of hard to take. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 6:43 pm | Comments (0)
Another day, another story rejection.
Category: Miscellany

What the topic says, plus a sigh. 🙁 Just waiting on one more now...

-posted by Wes | 3:32 am | Comments (0)
January 21, 2004
Stupid html…
Category: Miscellany

Really brief post. Dawn (if you're reading) -- I haven't forgotten the substantial reply that I've been promising; I've got a pretty good idea of how it'll go, and I've even got some quotes written down from a sermon I heard over the weekend to include (not to mention quotes from a sitcom that I happened to watch, since it was on after the State of the Union address and I didn't bother to change the channel), but I keep hoping I'll make some significant headway with and/or finish this story first. I'd meant to do some more writing tonight, but I got caught up with working on the website again. Oh well, at least now several articles are finished and uploaded, so yay there...we have content! I <3 content. Want a preview? I'll think about it. 😉 (more...)

-posted by Wes | 2:25 am | Comments (0)
January 20, 2004
Speaking of cookies…
Category: Miscellany

I didn't open the cookies last night. Still, I had an interesting dream -- I cannot actually remember what happened in it, but I woke with an inexplicable desire to recall it (I tried, but to no avail), so I assume that it was interesting. I think that I might have gotten into a philosophical argument with an alien monster thing in the dream. I've had several dreams like that, but I can never remember exactly what we discussed. I did remember the discussion I had with Morpheus, though -- not Laurence Fishburne (Cowboy Curtis!!!), but the god of dreams. He looked a lot like David Gunn in Vampire Journals. Anyway, I did have cheesecake, so maybe it was the cheesecake. But I've had cheesecake at other times during the past month, to no effect, so maybe it was the cherries... (more...)

-posted by Wes | 2:23 pm | Comments (0)
Don’t give away my cookies, plz.
Category: Miscellany

Today was a sad day.

First, I woke up from the best extended dream sequence I've had in about a month. That was good. It was almost like a continuation of a dream that I had over a year ago, because it took place in the same setting (but then again, certain wings of my high school are common backdrops in my dreams). I'd go into it further, but this is one of those dreams that's going to be easy to turn into a dream narrative, so I want to keep what I've got for the story. It'll also involve a longer rewrite of the old dream, and while I don't remember it entirely, it's a good thing I wrote it down in the blog I was keeping back then. Also good that I saved those archives. (more...)

-posted by Wes | 12:22 am | Comments (0)
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