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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-10-02 16:53
Subject: [personal|writing] The joys of getting skunked
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Tags:calendula, our lady, personal, process, stories, writing
calendula_witch and I don't usually talk about our relationship here in the blogosphere, as such. Mostly such things are of interest primarily to the principals. However, she's just sold a story, "The Hippie Monster of Eel River", to the Apex Book Company's Close Encounters of the Urban Kind anthology, edited by jennifer_brozek.

Thing is, I got rejected from that anthology. Now, I don't generally blog about rejections, other than to occasionally note their accumulation. And I still get rejected roughly three times for every sale I make. (Though that statistic decomposes in a more complex fashion than is intuitively obvious — the current terrain of my writing career is a topic for another time.)

But here is an intersection. We are two writers in a passionate relationship, working together ("Rolling Steel", Our Lady of the Islands, etc.) as well as separately. And my career is far longer established than hers, by simple dint of publication history.

So for calendula_witch to skunk me at a market is a milestone, one which I think deserves to be celebrated. It's a reminder to both of us of something we already believe down to our bones — that we are equals, partners, working on a par. It's exciting for me to see her succeed outside of the context of our joint work, and it's important for her. Best of all, it's a solid external validation of a truth we've long held between us.
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User: daibheid
Date: 2009-10-03 00:17 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
i don't think i've commented on your lj yet, but i've been reading it for a while. i just started reading your books.

i just wanted to say that you're a class act act. i've regularly been impressed with what you've posted here.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-10-03 03:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you.
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Kenneth Mark Hoover
User: kmarkhoover
Date: 2009-10-03 00:34 (UTC)
Subject: a sale is always a good thing
Good for her! :)
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2009-10-03 03:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I look forward to being on the same TOC as her. I'm just sorry I won't get to share one with YOU. Yet.

Congrats to the lady, and congrats to you both, on the strength of this post and other things, on something rich and strong that lies between the two of you.
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derekjgoodman
User: derekjgoodman
Date: 2009-10-03 03:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I would really like to hear more on the topic of your "current terrain." Maybe I'm just being naive (or more like "definitely being naive"), but I'm quite surprised at the statistic of three rejects to every sale. My first reaction to that sentence was "But... but... he's Jay Lake!"
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jeffsoesbe: yeff yahoo avatar
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2009-10-03 05:55 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:yeff yahoo avatar
And it's a milestone for me, because my story was accepted to CEUK as well!

Wow. Calendula_witch *and* Alma Alexander *and* Jennifer Pelland. I am very intimidated by the company I'm keeping on this one...

- yeff

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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2009-10-03 22:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Giggling a tiny bit at the manner of that intro (I shall fully expect to see that FIRST referenced story credited to Calendula_witch now...

(And congrats! Look forward to reading your story!)
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jeffsoesbe: homer woohoo
User: jeffsoesbe
Date: 2009-10-04 17:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:homer woohoo
Well, this *is* Jay's LJ :-) So she gets special treatment :)

Congrats to you too! I'm really looking forward to reading the stories.

Heck I'm looking forward to holding a copy in my hand, turning to the TOC, and having a "Steve Martin's character in The Jerk"-esque moment of super-squeee. ("The new anthology is here! The new anthology is here!")

- yeff
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Peter Hollo
User: frogworth
Date: 2009-10-05 13:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Just wanted to say, adorable post :)
And I shall look out for the anthology.
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Sythyry
User: sythyry
Date: 2009-10-05 23:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Congratulations! In various dimensions.
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