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Started by Ed, October 22, 2007, 03:49:05 AM

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SharonBell

Well, I trollied off to work, thinking quite highly of myself, happy that I have a "sweet, contemporary romantic short story" ("Catatastrophe") COMING SOON!! from The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=19&chapter=0&zenid=eb6e3912523c2d33716a4b88e6f76a76 , feeling quite upbeat.  :cheers:

Midday, I checked my email and got a lovely rejection email from a different editor at The Wild Rose Press--for a romantic suspense tale that I had been told by a different publisher "was extremely well-written"--but THEY fell off the face of the earth. So, I'm not quitting the day job, but it does show how very subjective this fiction writing thingie is. One loved it--but never got back to me; the other told me (in a nice way) that I needed to learn how to write. Same story, different editors, totally different responses.  :scratch:

"Be good and you'll be lonesome." Mark Twain

www.sharonbuchbinder.com

Ed

 :batterup: And I suppose it's frowned upon to turn up and beat the brains out of the editor who said no :/ Ain't that always the way?

Sorry to hear that, Sharon. As you say, this business is notoriously subjective in nature, but then you would think a publisher like that would have an editorial policy that all eds stick by, wouldn't you? :scratch:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

Ed

Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

SharonBell

Quote from: Ed on October 22, 2007, 06:56:55 PM
:batterup: And I suppose it's frowned upon to turn up and beat the brains out of the editor who said no :/ Ain't that always the way?

Sorry to hear that, Sharon. As you say, this business is notoriously subjective in nature, but then you would think a publisher like that would have an editorial policy that all eds stick by, wouldn't you? :scratch:

LOL! Yes, I was a TAD surprised at the I LOVE YOU, I DON'T LOVE YOU response from the same publisher...HOWEVER, it is a different line, almost a different genre. Methinks that's part of the problem.  :scratch: Romance has waaaaaay more subgenres than some other. Although I know horror has its own subsets, it's taking me a bit of time to learn the rules of the road (or the Roses, if you will).  :grin:

No zombies, thus far, but there is a Paranormal Line (Black Rose) for the vampires, shape-shifters, et al. And there is a Faery line for the fantasy romance fans. BUT, it's always, always, always (did I say always?) about the romance and the Happily Ever After (HEA) ending. Just in case you want to submit something, Ed.  :kiss:
"Be good and you'll be lonesome." Mark Twain

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starktheground

Quote from: Ed on October 22, 2007, 03:33:17 PM
She would be walking along minding her own busines, when the next thing she knows she's looking at something over her left shoulder when she really doesn't want to

If it happens again, you might try an excorcism instead of a chiropractor.  :evil:

Ed

Quote from: starktheground on October 22, 2007, 09:18:12 PM
Quote from: Ed on October 22, 2007, 03:33:17 PM
She would be walking along minding her own busines, when the next thing she knows she's looking at something over her left shoulder when she really doesn't want to

If it happens again, you might try an excorcism instead of a chiropractor.  :evil:

It's top of my list of things to do if she ever does a 360 degree turn with a cackle :afro:

Quote from: SharonBell on October 22, 2007, 07:54:26 PM
No zombies, thus far, but there is a Paranormal Line (Black Rose) for the vampires, shape-shifters, et al. And there is a Faery line for the fantasy romance fans. BUT, it's always, always, always (did I say always?) about the romance and the Happily Ever After (HEA) ending. Just in case you want to submit something, Ed.  :kiss:

Yak - no, not for me, thanks. I don't mind buying a bunch of flowers from time to time, but I'll leave writing about all the icky sticky stuff to you :grin:  I hope you have better luck with your novel elsewhere. Just goes to show it has what's necessary to make it somewhere, though, doesn't it? You should take heart in that :smiley:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

Ed

God, I'm knackered. My youngest nipper's bedroom is almost ready for him. The carpet is coming on Monday, I've got two walls in his cupboard to skim with plaster, skiting, architrave, painting, and a door to hang. Should manage it, just. Can't wait for him to move into it, because then we get to shift all our gear from the current office into the new one, where everything will be shiny new and nice.

I've also got my solar panels turning up on Monday or Tuesday, which I expect I'll be fitting next weekend. Though I'm mildly excited by the prospect of lots of free hot water, at the moment it just looks like yet another thing on my to do list. I'll have to overhaul the heating electrics and control systems at the same time, I suppose.

Lots to do. Lots to do. :smiley:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

starktheground

Well, Ed, we're gonna be moving to a new place in a couple of months and, seeing as how you seem pretty handy, you oughta come by and do all the work for us. We'll pay you in Kibbles n Bits.  :yes:

Sallyq

Blimey Ed, you are going to be busy. I don't suppose you could find time to come and fit the carpet in my loo, could you? Den's got bored with carpet fitting now so whilst the hall and stairs look very nice, I'm still having to put my feet on bare boards in the loo. Still, I suppose I should be grateful I don't have to walk to the bottom of the garden...

Ed

Stark - you sound like one of my wife's friends. I was doing the skirting in the main room when she walked by and said, "Ooh, could you come and do ours?" Her chippy let her down half way through the job - just stopped turning up. I said no, because I've got enough on my plate between my day job and rebuilding this house in my spare time... and she was willing to pay me in good old fashioned cash  :azn:

Sally - you're having carpet fitted in the loo? Sod that. A while back, I walked into the bathroom to find our youngest mopping up a large puddle of pee from the tiled floor, where he missed the toilet, and to my horror I watched as he put the hand towel back on the ring :shocked: I dread to think how many other times he had done the same thing without anybody noticing. Still, I don't suppose you would get that problem with carpet :grin: Besides, I don't do carpet - it's one of my pet hates :/ Hey - maybe you could give Den a busman's holiday by changing over to lino in the bog? :smiley:
Planning is an unnatural process - it is much more fun to do something.  The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression. [Sir John Harvey-Jones]

delph_ambi

I have a carpeted loo. I am not in the habit of peeing on the floor (and neither are my grown-up children or husband) so that's okay. You can't beat the feeling of soft pile carpet under bare feet...

Just been out this morning to post some little knitted things to my grandson. Hope they arrive before he outgrows them. The rest of the day will be spent in a frenzy of writing and drawing, as hubby's going to the footie so I have an uninterrupted afternoon. Tonight, it being Saturday, we will eat, drink and be merry  ;)

Sallyq

Quotefind our youngest mopping up a large puddle of pee from the tiled floor, where he missed the toilet, and to my horror I watched as he put the hand towel back on the ring

Ugh Ed! It doesn't bear thinking about!

I prefer carpet too, Delph. We've just got rid of a load of laminate flooring. It's okay if you're one of those very tidy people with hardly any stuff to draw dust. That just ain't me. Also, I prefer hoovering to mopping. We are having lino in the bathroom though.

We've still got laminate in the back of the house where we spend most of the time with the dogs. But to me, carpet feels much warmer.

Walker

The wife and I got free tickets to a seminar here in Toronto about retiring in Mexico. We're already late and still not ready to go yet, but it's an all day affair listening to lawyers, immigration, and real estate dealers. Still, the tickets were free and the information and experience is priceless.
Tonight we're going to build a bonfire and have a few beers to celebrate my oldest son's recieving 2 scholarship awards on Thursday evening at a ceremony at the university. So damn proud of him.
"Lord, here comes the flood, we will say goodbye to flesh and blood. If, again, the seas are silent in any still alive, it'll be those who gave their island to survive. Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry."
Peter Gabriel.

Sallyq

Well done that lad, Walker! :afro:

So are you thinking of going to Mexico? Or are you just going for the wine and cheese?

SamLeeFreak

Quote from: Ed on October 27, 2007, 04:53:55 AM
A while back, I walked into the bathroom to find our youngest mopping up a large puddle of pee from the tiled floor, where he missed the toilet, and to my horror I watched as he put the hand towel back on the ring :shocked: I dread to think how many other times he had done the same thing without anybody noticing. :smiley:

Oh ewwwwwwww. That's worse than any horror story!  :shocked: