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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?

Comments

chollythepinker
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.
mokie
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. :)
mokie
Dec. 28th, 2005 11:11 pm (UTC)
(The irony of the userpic...)
vampyrichamster
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? ;)
mokie
Dec. 29th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
Dunno. Where you be? Get online! *pokepoke*