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Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012 at 11:16 AM

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Devils

Time for a much deserved thank you, and some massive good vibes.

As ya'll know - I got my degree in creative writing in 2009 and just like every other lit-kid out there, wound up working in finance.

But dammit - I'm still trying to write that great American novel. (You may remember Todd saying in the very first laid off cartoon that "Writing a novel is like, hard and stuff." Too true.)

Anyway - a small piece of mine was recently picked up by a magazine based out of Maine, which is affiliated with American Public Media and NPR. Along with publication in the magazine, they're considering it to appear on NPR's "Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor," and are considering it to be published in an anthology put out by The Penguin Group.

The told me all of this on a Sunday afternoon and requested that I submit to them a 125 word bio on myself by Monday morning. Oh, okay. 125 word bio, how hard can that be?

When there's a gun to your head - harder than you'd imagine.

So I banged out what I thought was sufficient and sent a FB message to one of the other board lit-kids, Ms. Annyboo herself - and asked if she could take a look at it.

Not only did Anny take a look - but she sent me three completely revised drafts.

So - I'm taking this opportunity to publicly laud and thank you, Anny, for being so wonderfully helpful and giving with your time and wisdom.

Also - a nugget from our exchange I thought you folks would find amusing:

Anny: You have a propensity for passive voice. BE AGRESSIVE my friend.
Me: I have a propensity for passive everything. I'm good at investments because I talk in a soft voice and I'm bad at dating because I ask girls if they'll mind I kiss them before I do. (Okay, I stopped doing that a while ago... thank God.)


Many fire trucks for you, Anny.

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Herpes is a gift that doesn't say "I love you.". -Hep C

 
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 11:21 AM 

Coolio news! Great to hear... cant wait to read it up.!

 
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Anny
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 11:33 AM 

Awww thanks, David. But completely unnecessary. My pleasure!

Can't say enough how proud I am of you. This is just the beginning of a great writing career, no doubt! You have to keep us posted about NPR. Just think! Two borders making NPR! We are taking over the world.

Sincere congratulations once again to you.





 
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Funk
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 4:16 PM 

Congratulations RS. You may recall I am a firm believer in the utility of a good semicolon. It is one of the most egalitarian forms of punctuation, and is destined to supplant the plutocratic oxford comma. I implore you to embrace the semicolon; champion the fight for the people.


 
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AnonoBoBo
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 5:35 PM 

Didn't you write "I seen" somewhere recently? I couldn't tell if you were joking.

 
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Theocracy
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 5:52 PM 

Anon, I can vouch that, while he can't spell for shit, RS's grammar is impeccable.

 
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AnonoBoBo
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 2 2012, 7:09 AM 

I was talking to Funk, with the "I seen."

 
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 5:56 PM 

Way to go! Very happy for you! =D


 
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jo
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 6:07 PM 

great news RS!!

When some doors close others will open.

 
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Arwen
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 7:41 PM 

Congrats!!! This is great news!

 
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jollyroger
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 9:35 PM 

Awesome news David!
Nice job Anny!

 
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 10:02 PM 

(TY JR. You are sweet!)

David... err RS. You will share this with the bored when you can, right?





 
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Theocracy
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 10:05 PM 

Of course he will. Jews love attention.

 
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 10:06 PM 

The piece that was published, or your bio?

Yes to both. Though I'm not sure how soon that will be. "First rights" are a tricky thing - you sign a waiver granting them the right to be the VERY FIRST PEOPLE EVER to publish something. Posting things on message boards counts as publication, so I'll have to wait until all of the rights have reverted to my name.

 
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Re: Good Vibes: A Thank You Thread

May 1 2012, 10:11 PM 

DUH YOUR Piece!!! Of course! happy.gif


ETA: And that is also YOUR bio, mister PASSIVE VOICE. happy.gif


 
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