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Please Step on My Ego Before It Inflates.

That award I won turned out to be "Outstanding Graduate Diploma Student in the Faculty of Media, Society & Culture 2005". It was quick, simple and paid $150. In other words, I was the best graduate diploma student in the whole fricking department. I RULE. Not just over Creative Writing but the whole Media, Society and Culture Studies faculty. Except for the Honours student who won "Outstanding Honours Student".

In other news, I've given up waiting for The Third Alternative/Black Static to get back to me about Finches. It's been five months, and it's been a month since I sent my query (also unanswered). Throwing it at Polyphony 6 instead. Much as I want to get into TTA, the idea they're not responding to queries at all is pretty disturbing. Which brings me to this conversation I had with mokie over my quoting the Quran and Darwin in the same story:

Hamster: I certainly do not believe Jibrail will smite people for quoting the Quran in new funky contexts, since this same version of the Quran I'm using is like the King James or NIV Bible -- everyone quotes it.
Hamster: And Darwin, the beloved atheist fiend, will probably not rise from his grave and smite me for quoting him in new funky contexts. I consider myself one of his self-appointed pimps in this realm.
mokie: Heh. :D
Hamster: I pimp the mighty word of Darwin! I would buuuuuuurn questions marks into the lawns of believers!
mokie: *snicker*
Hamster: Well I would, if they annoyed me sufficiently. ;)
mokie: Flaming punctuation is not the answer!
Hamster: You think stakes and bonfires work better?


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Dec. 16th, 2005 08:12 am (UTC)
As long as they don't insist on converting me, I am more of a live and let live type. Actual true believers are pretty easy to get along with, although we have a few fundies around here who insist on using their religion as a weapon, fully capable of blunt force trauma, but really I think that it's the way they decided they could most legitimately browbeat and intimidate others, not that they actually believe. That would be for the fools they can manipulate this way. Most true believers are very easy to get along with, as long as they are not a dun-dun-dun, New Convert. New Converts can be a pain.
As far as my personal beliefs, I am fairly convinced that there's an afterlife or reincarnation, but I don't think any of the major religions has a hammerlock on the (fanfare time!) TRUTH. I think that the Unitarians or Bahai come closest, in that the majors each may have a piece of the truth, but it's only a piece, and man has gone and screwed it up, like everything else.
This is the spiel that anyone who pushes my religion belief button gets, if you want more, talk to me, otherwise, I'm done.
Dec. 16th, 2005 08:14 am (UTC)
BTW, congrats on the award, much diligence was rewarded, you do rule!
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:29 am (UTC)
Yes, but do you think the MAGAZINE will object to her use of quoted material?
Dec. 19th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
As long as the quotes are accurate; no. If there is a translation issue with her doing the translating, maybe. Anytime there's a translation, ideas can get skewed, phraseology between languages is imperfect, as anyone who speaks or has studied more than one language has learned to their rue.(The results of imperfect translation are often very funny/embarrassing.)
Dec. 20th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, this is my fault--it's not clear in the bit of quoted conversation that P6's submission guidelines state that they don't want any quotes, no snippets of song, etc., because of the cost to get permission for use. Since she's quoting the Quran and a book that's well over a hundred years old (and thus probably out of copyright's scope), she thought it was probably OK, but I was iffy.

So translation's not an issue, quotation is. :)
Dec. 27th, 2005 08:20 am (UTC)
In that case, there's no copyright to violate or anyone to pay for rights, so she should be fine.
Dec. 28th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Very true. Her main worry, if I remember correctly (lots on my plate these days!) was that editorial skim in which they cull the herd by removing anyone that has ignored submission guidelines--chucking submissions with no cover letter, submissions that were too long or too short or written entirely in ketchup or whatever. If they just look and see quotations, they might toss it out without ever actually reading to see that the source material is (or should be) safe.

She was debating putting a note about this in her letter to them, wondering if it'd be better to not mention it and risk them not reading the work at all or mention it and risk them chucking it out unread because she tells them upfront it ignores one of the criteria.

Tough call. Still don't know what she did. Still don't know if she ever said what happened with that submission. Also don't know how long ago all this was. Egads, I'm a space case these days.

It was a great story though. :)
Dec. 28th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
(The irony of the userpic...)
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
I did send the story to them with the note in the cover letter. Don't know what they did with it, but I wasn't rejected up front at least. It was only a couple of weeks ago, wasn't it? ;)
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Dunno. Where you be? Get online! *pokepoke*
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
Sucks about TTA. but good luck with Polyphony, I'll be trying them too.

Mr. Dashing.
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:19 am (UTC)
Lookin forward to seeing you there!
Dec. 16th, 2005 05:59 pm (UTC)
Woah! Rockin on the Outstanding award! Holy crap!
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Thank you. Thank you. *bows* My ulcering paid off!
Dec. 16th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)


You rock! :D
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
Yay for awards! Especially awards that pay money!

And good luck with submission. :D (Sounds kinky...)
Dec. 19th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
You into bonfires and stakes now? I told you that yaoi stuff was brain-damaging. ;P
Dec. 20th, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
Are you claiming that pyromaniac vampire porn has rotted by brain?
Dec. 21st, 2005 01:40 am (UTC)
You know if I answer this, either way I'm in trouble. :P
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