This week, I thought I’d give you all a wee bit of insight into a part of our process. It is regarding acceptance and rejection letters.
Now just like being on the hunt for an interested person of the opposite sex, it is easier to be accepted than rejected. Not many of my rejections had ever been written, normally a ‘Fuck off’ would suffice. In the same way none of my acceptances ever produced a letter, just a very grateful me and a lady that I would later judge. (OK, I may have written some poetry, but it was the eighties and I had hair.)
It’s easy to say yes to a submission but we wouldn’t be doing anyone any justice if we did this as a given. So we try to keep the site’s integrity.
It’s always a thrill to say yes. It doesn’t matter if it is to an old hand or someone new, it’s always a pleasure. We’re all writers and we all love an acceptance. And it is never like a junky chasing their initial hit, any hit we get is like mother’s milk. (I only use that as phrasing as I have never tasted mothers milk. Not even any that I had to pay for as I think that’s weird. And even though I am curious, I have never been curious about that. I think there is a fetish about this and it’s called, ‘Weird Mother Fixation, Freaky Mutant Virgin.)
Maybe I should explain using my own experience and preferences:
…Any acceptance is like a bloody good drink of Bacardi And Coke / Woods Rum / Talisker / Guinness / Chablis / Remy Martin / Pipers (Maybe only James McEwan would know that) / Absinthe / Tennents / Bollinger / Drambuie / No. 3 Gin / Cointreau / Laphroiag or Advocaat.
So the positives look after themselves. The negatives are a bit more tricky. If it’s someone we don’t know, we can be polite and pretty standard no matter how awful the story is. If it’s really bad there is always a temptation to say, ‘What the fuck are you thinking!!! Were you on drugs? Are you a maniac?? Have you consulted a Priest or a real Mental Health professional like a Gym Teacher?
I have to admit, we have to reel Diane in with these as she actually wants to hunt people down and hurt them. (A warning to all Historical Fiction Writers) Her preferred method of pain is either burning or biting – She likes the letter ‘B’ – Bless!
If it’s someone we do know then to be truthful, nine times out of ten, it’s normally a problem with the story being a fit for the site.
We know these folks are cracking writers and the only issue we have is that they have written something that is, story-wise, not what we are looking for. Sometimes this is the hardest thing to refuse as we know that the work is good and it’s only our opinion for our site. The good thing is that most of the writers who we have a superb relationship with accept this.
One thing about some writers that I’ve noticed and makes me smile is the capitalisation of their titles. No offence folks but some of you are wordist. Why should a name have a capital letter but an ‘And’ is ignored. There may be some protocol or rule here but I say ‘Fuck It’ (If that was a title!) I think every word is as important as any other in the title of a story and I will always capitalise. So if I set up your thread for us to discuss, even if you have ignored an ‘and’ or ‘but’, rest assured, I will give those words the respect they deserve.
From titles to this weeks….emm…titles!
We had three new writers, the legend and me.
Our topics include; dairy prohibition, a fantasist, war, a lovely child and a dream.
As always our initial comments follow.
We began the week on Monday – No difference there. And there was no difference with the quality from Tom Sheehan. ‘Town Without Butter‘ started off the week.
‘Silly but really rather clever.’
‘Preaching against freedom of choice has never been argued in this way before.’
‘Lots of nods to self interest and self satisfaction and what not.’
On Tuesday we had our first newbie. No crap links like last week, I will just welcome everyone, hope they all have fun on the site and request that they all send in more of their work.
Denis Bell was next up on Tuesday with ‘Jake And The Rat.’
‘Really well put together and enjoyable,’
‘There’s something gripping about the weirdness.’
I was next up on Wednesday with ‘Bingo‘, my usual happy type of tale with some romance and kittens and marshmallow and unicorns.
As always it is a continual pleasure and honour to have my stories on the site.
Thursday followed Wednesday and our next débutante, Rachael Peralez had her first story, ‘The Garbage man‘ published.
‘The discipline that Rachael writes with shows a lot of skill.’
‘Excellent writing. There is so much in here, pain, madness, loss and maybe hope – Although I’m not sure about the hope.’
‘His daydreaming was full of sexual violence but the comments regarding his past sort of balanced this as you thought more about his past than the possibility of his increasing madness.’
And we finished off the week with our last new author. Chad Plunk had ‘Prisoners’ published on Friday.
‘This was dark! Brilliant and dark!!’
‘I think there is more truth in this than we would like to acknowledge.’
‘It made me look up the translation – ‘God will judge’ is a cracking line.
That’s us for another week folks and to finish, I would like to quote an anonymous writer.
‘Please let me be half the man that my dog believes me to be.’
What a super line.
I really need to rip more of the pish out of the political correct Nazis. So if I PC’d this it would be:
‘Please let me be half the man, woman, person, LGBTQI, BLBGBBBTBQBI, alien, deity or concept that my dog, bitch or other form of the canine genus believes, associates, depending on it’s mental health status, me to be.
-The line loses it’s charm somewhat!
Banner Image – Something Hugh had of me last week in our editorial meeting!! He had promised not to use it but what can you do. D.