Short Story Rejection

Photo By Sean MacEnteeIt’s been a while since I’ve had a submission rejected, mostly because my work has been academically focused for the past couple years, and I’ve found it much easier to publish nonfiction than fiction. But I’ve always had a passion for storytelling, and with my Masters complete, I wanted to wedge my foot back into the fiction field. Rejection letters don’t bear the weight on me that they used to when I was starting out writing and mailing off pieces I’d labored on, only to receive a form letter three months later.

Nowadays, I just move on or submit the piece somewhere else, which is the case with this story. That being said, this is one of the nicest rejections that I've received and figured it was worth sharing. So for any writers out there who are dealing with those crushing heavy blows of the first rejection letters, I hope this will be encouragement.


Thanks for your submission to [Magazine]. I've opted to decline using your story; it's something we aren't looking for at this time. However, the piece had a nice flow and I encourage you to submit "A Note to Liza" to magazines that accept more of a psychological suspense or thriller type story. Remember, this is only my opinion and I wish you luck placing this story elsewhere.


[Person's Name]

Head Editor, [Magazine]



I Didn't know K-K-King George VI Stammered

My wife and I saw The King's Speech yesterday, which was a terrific film on all accounts. I can't say enough good things about it. The writing was excellent. The performances were outstanding. The direction was meaningful and each shot was photgraphically beautiful.

I'll be the first to admit that English History is not my strong suit, something my wife deplores in me (She majored in history and enjoys lecturing me on various historical events), so it was news to me to hear that the King George VI had a stammered and that the man that aided him in his speech did not have an MA after his name nor a Ph.D.

For anyone who has not seen the film, my apologies for ruining any unforseen plot twists. Hope you enjoy the film.


The New Captain America Trailer

The new trailer debuted yesterday during the Superbowl and after that quick shot of the Red Skull towards the end of the trailer I went to see if there was info on who was going to play vile neo-nazi. To my surprise, it looks like Hugo Weaving snatched up the role, which I think will be an excellent role for him. Needless to say, my excitement is growing for this film and look forward to it for no other reason now than to see Hugo Weaving play Captain America's arch-nemesis.



"Star Wars Begins" By Jambe Davdar

A truly wonderful and enlightening documentary on the "holy" sci-fi trilogy. And it also has more deleted scenes and outtakes than any of the official film releases offered to fans. Lucas if you're listening, this is what we wanted six years, this is what you'll need to beat with your Blu-ray release. And to Jambe Davdar a sincere thank you for making a truly awesome documentary.

Here's Links to the 14 part documentary on YouTube (Hopefully they'll last a while):



New Captain America Poster

Whether the movie will be good or not remains to be seen (pun intended), but in the meantime here's to hoping that the Captain America film won't fall in with other long awaited films (Ahem! Episode I) that turned out to be monumental failures.


Albert Camus Was A Writer For The French Resistance

Yesterday I learned that Albert Camus, author of The Stranger and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, was a writer for the French Resistance magazine titled: Combat.


Skin Spraygun, Where Were You 15 Years Ago?

When I was nine years old I was in a bicycle accident that left me with third-degree road burns up and down my left arm and second-degree road burns on my left leg. Now in the latter half of my twenties, my scars have faded to the point where they aren’t even recognized by people I’ve known for years.

I was lucky because the day before I was scheduled to have a skin graft done on my left arm the doctor said that I had shown remarkable healing in the past week and that skin grafting would not be necessary. However if this “Skin Gun” had been an option fifteen years ago, you can bet your life that I would have taken it. I think this is going to be a major step forward for modern medicine.



To-may-toh, To-mah-toh, British, English? Not Quite

If you're an American citizen who passed Geography class by the skin of their teeth, like yours truly, then this video will answer some of those lingering questions about what the whole "United Kingdom" thing is and who it applies to. This little tidbit of information comes from Colin Grey and more specifically from his post: The difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England (and a whole lot more)




My Reading Year 2010

Yesterday, I tallied up all the books I read in 2010 and came up with 25. For a kid who had only read 6 or 7 books (start to finish) by the age of 17, this was pleasant surprise to learn about myself. Here’s a list of what I read this past year:

1. The Iliad – Homer

2. Junky – William S. Burroughs

3. Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

4. The Iron Whim: A Fragmented History of Typewriting – Darren Wershler-Henry

5. Paradise Lost – John Milton

6. The Rape of the Lock – Alexander Pope

7. The Scarlet Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne

8. King Lear – William Shakespeare

9. Richard II – William Shakespeare

10. Design As Art – Bruno Munari

11. Dubliners – James Joyce

12. The Truth About An Author – Arnold Bennett

13. Bartleby the Scrivener – Herman Melville

14. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

15. The Outfit – Darwyn Cooke and Donald E. Westlake

16. The Now Habit – Neil Fiore

17. Poetics – Aristotle


18. Lyrical Ballads – William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge


19. Walden – Henry David Thoreau

20. Beowulf – Anonymous with Seamus Heaney


21. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift


22. Inferno – Dante


23. Everyman – Anonymous


24. Three Theban Plays – Sophocles


25. Tree of Codes – Jonathan Safran Froer


United States of Awesome and Shame

This was all news to me, so I'm reposting it courtesy of Flowing Data.