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The universe spoke to me yesterday. I dropped a full can of soda on my big toe--and proceeded to clutch my foot while attempting to stifle profanity which would have otherwise ignited the air--while my concerned husband and a perplexed skunk looked on. And my knee is stiff and painful from when I bruised it in a violent clash with the coffee table (the coffee table won). So yeah, I hear and I comprehend; the universe sez that movement is overrated. And hey, who am I to argue with the cosmos? I glued my klutzy self to the couch and wrote all day. Now my wingstubs ache.

Stupid universe.

When can I sign up for a new housing for my brain, please? This one is defective.

Campaigning for the pity vote, obviously:

Warning: There is some nudity on the voting pages. Not safe for work or kiddies!


   

Writing Stuff

Received a 7-day rejection from Ideomancer: "While well-written and intriguing, the story ultimately is buried beneath its own weight." Oo, ouch. Now my ego is bruised too.

I did a Critters crit in the hopes that it might mollify whatever karma-gods have it out for me. If that doesn't work, I'm going to start sacrificing virgins.

New Words: ?
In my pursuit of an utterly sedentary lifestyle, I pumped out words. "The Better To . . . " is a bridging scene away from zero draft, but I lost track of my word count. Something like 1K new words were smeared on the page (screen), give or take a couple hundred, and a massive seek-and-destroy on bloat summarily eradicated many of them, as well as some of their hapless kindred. Then more words were brutally shoved, screaming and sobbing, onto the page. Net word count: Who knows? Today, more carnage. Mwahahahaha!
Zokutou word meter
6,667 / 6,500
(102.0%)


Predictably, my original estimate was off.

Club 100 For Writers
      22

500/day
      81
I'm feeling:
sore sore
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On October 19th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC), merebrillante commented:
You call that feedback???
Jeez Louise. My condolences on the crummy rejection.
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On October 19th, 2005 02:04 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: You call that feedback???
Eh, it smarted for a moment, but then I put a metaphysical band-aid on and forgot about it. My ego's pretty calloused and thick with scar tissue when it comes to rejections. This one is not, by far, the worst I've gotten.
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On October 19th, 2005 01:41 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
How does a story get buried under its own weight? Was there a sudden avalanche of meaning? A premature burial? A hillside displaced by a tornado and dropped onto the page?
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On October 19th, 2005 02:07 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Erm, printed on construction paper, secured with an iron nail, and attached to a brick? Oh, wait, it was a virtual submission. Oh well. Next market! *thud*
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On October 19th, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC), chance88088 replied:
If I were guessing, I'd say too many details, too many characters, simpley too much stuff in the story.
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On October 19th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC), aimeempayne replied:
That's what my guess would be, too. It's just not as much fun. :)
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On October 19th, 2005 04:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Erm, well in this case, the story in question is 1500 words with two characters, one of whom is dead and so has very few lines . . .
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On October 20th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC), keesa_renee replied:
:bursts into uncontrollable giggling:
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On October 19th, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC), terracinque commented:
Geez that must have hurt!

And I wouldn't have wanted to open the can afterward, either!
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On October 19th, 2005 02:11 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Oh man, it really did! My toe got all red and started swelling, but I plunked some ice on, and now it just looks like a nasty bruise. And, err, I put the can back in the 'fridge. So, um, the next time you're over, you may want to forgo the citrus soda . . .
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On October 19th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC), terracinque replied:
Duly noted!
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On October 19th, 2005 02:12 pm (UTC), beth_bernobich commented:
Ow! Ow! Ow!

I'm so sorry you were having such a crappy day.
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On October 19th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie. I figure if I just sit in one place today, whatever malevolent force I attracted will get bored and go trouble someone else. It's gotta be a better day today, right? (Oops, aren't those classic Famous Last Words? Eep!)
On October 19th, 2005 03:06 pm (UTC), beth_bernobich replied:
I certainly hope it's better today. :)

(Spent yesterday in house-renovations hell, myself.)
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On October 19th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC), britzkrieg commented:
If that doesn't work, I'm going to start sacrificing virgins.

Where are going to find any of those?
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On October 19th, 2005 02:20 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Good point. The local Virgins R Us?
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On October 19th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC), britzkrieg replied:
Maybe an abstinence rally at a local high school...
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On October 19th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC), inscrutable replied:
Nope.
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On October 19th, 2005 02:29 pm (UTC), inscrutable commented:
If it makes you feel any better, I voted for you, and even pimped you out on my livejournal!

But you should have put the angel wings pic in your gallery.
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On October 19th, 2005 02:46 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks so much for both the vote and the pimpage. And you're right, I really should've included it. Doh!
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On October 19th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Guess they're looking for a writer who channels Hemingway. Still, that comment is a hair's-breadth better than, "Sorry, not for us."

Doug
who has forgotten his LiveJournal password already.
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On October 20th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
You forgot your password? Already? That's adorable. You're an absent-minded doctor!

I'm pretty sure LJ will email it to you if you ask them nicely.
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On October 19th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
From Ideomancer I scored a "better written than the vast majority of stories I see but...prose seems to be trying too hard," which was simultaneously amusing and vexing. Got a send us something else, so I guess prose-that-could didn't totally blow it.

Curse words are Nature's medicine. When applying ten-ton heavy things to toeses, drop several F-bombs. Better than ice; though chocolate may solve all. (And if broken foots leads to productivity, I'm having Nik stomp on my toes.)

Uh, so is Hobkin a virgin? Cuz otherwise, the "untouched" will be hard to find.

Hope your day picks up.

Pat Kirby
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On October 20th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
I did get an invite to submit there again, so at least I'm not banished from ever darkening their slushpile again.

"Uh, so is Hobkin a virgin? Cuz otherwise, the "untouched" will be hard to find."

Hobkin went to the doctor when he was little and they made sure he wouldn't be interested in the girl skunkies. 'Course I'd never sacrifice him, unless he pulls down the contents of the coffee table--glasses, mail, and pill bottles--again.

So, the general consensus seems to be that I should re-think the feasibility of virgin sacrifices. Burnt offerings is next on the list. Except I'd need to clean out the fireplace first.
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On October 19th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC), ex_angeldove677 commented:
Ouch! I hope that can of soda didn't land on your bit toe nail.
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On October 20th, 2005 06:11 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Nope! It landed on the first joint, which was painful enough. Broke the skin though. Ow.
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On October 20th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC), keesa_renee commented:
"I did a Critters crit in the hopes that it might mollify whatever karma-gods have it out for me. If that doesn't work, I'm going to start sacrificing virgins."

:blinks: Thanks for the advance warning. Do you think you could hold off on that until I finish the Tangent Review?
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On October 20th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Oh, Keesa, don't be silly. Tangent reviewers are automatically exempt from sacrifice victim duty. Bet you didn't know there were so many perks to being a reviewer, huh?
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