June 19th, 2007


Rejection and Submission

IROSF bounced my review of The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate by Ted Chiang, so I've tweaked it a bit for what I thought was lacking, and sent it off to Strange Horizons for their consideration.

Yesterday's rejection and today's submissions illustrates the problem I have with email subs. Once you've sent something, you immediately want to call it back. What I sent to IROSF wasn't bad. L. Blunt Jackson was complimentary about the writing and noted he would normally ask me to consider enlarging the piece with more critical analysis of what worked and why. And there's definitely room there for that, just as I could have gone on for page and pages in my earlier post this month about paranormal romance and its relationship to what I see as a pulp renaissance.

But I'm not an essayist. At least, I don't consider myself as one. I'm certainly not paid to detail the ideas I have about the genre. My hesitancy comes from an innate belief that what I think doesn't matter. (Catholic school and a Type A parent are the underlying roots for that line of reasoning.) I'm a fan. I'm trying to be a writer. I only know what I like and what I don't like. History will decide what's important.

And history is written by the victors.

I spent too many years in Catholic grade school for evangelism and proselytization to leave anything but bitter tastes in my mouth. Sure, I'll present a viewpoint, and it will drive me crazy if someone disagrees with what I know is right. And I'll try to convince them they're wrong. But I'll also know it's their right to believe what they want. No matter what I do, some people will remain unconvinced. (Can you tell that I didn't shake all the programming?)

If SH bounces the review as well, I'll post it here. The release date for The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate is mid-July. Should know one way or another before it's out. From looking at the purchase page, it looks as if both the trade and limited editions are both available.