Nov 3, 2010

Wandering while Wondering

Or is it Wondering whilst wandering? I haven't had a rambling post in awhile, mostly just tidbits, bittids, and pictures.

I got a rejecting letter of my submission to "Warp & Weave," the Sci-Fi/Fantasy magazine at school. I was surprised, as it was one of my favorite things I've ever written. (Seducing the Seductress for those of you in BTBL.) But, I guess it was too advanced/dirty to be included in the school magazine. And to be honest, it's quite a narrow genre. It's a fantasy/comedy/sex story. Not necessarily in that order. I knew it was dirty, or at least more "adult" than my other submissions, but I've read previous issues of Warp and Weave and didn't find it worse or more mature than anything else. I'm interested in why it was passed on, but oh well. They accepted two of the weakest things I've ever written, which tells me I have a skewed opinion on my abilities as a writer.

My Ethics class is fascinating. Today we talked about the Function of Education, interesting topic, no? It reminded me of two of my favorite quotations, the first is from Mark Twain, the other is from an unknown author, meaning I am too lazy to find out or the author is too smart to accept credit.
"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." -Mark Twain
"I had a class assignment to write 'what do you want to be when you grow up.' I wrote 'happy.' The teacher said I didn't understand the assignment. I said they didn't understand life." -Author Unknown to me.
Next week we'll be discussing Aesthetics, which I've been looking forward to since the beginning of the semester.

Digital Imaging is still a lot of fun, I'll let you know how my picturebook project progresses as it... um, progresses.

Illustration still the favorite, Finance, not so much. But, the semester is halfway over, and I already have my classes planned out for the next.

Work is finally slowing down again, which is good news for my homework.

We are starting up our book club again, the first book is "A Catcher In the Rye" which I've always wanted to read, and now I have an excuse/goal to.

As you can see if you scroll down slightly, Tracie and I have started a new fitness for life program. I'll let you know how it goes as it progresses.

Morgan is still the cutest and greatest source of aggravation and joy in our lives, just as he should be. He laughs at the weirdest things and already has an attitude when he doesn't get his way. I'll post more pics and videos on his blog when I remember to bring my memory card to school.

That's about it for now, stay tuned for more fun as always.

addendum: I don't think this merits a new post, but the other day Morgan sent a text message on my phone to an invalid number. The message?


This is probably only cute to me, but there it is anyway.


Mark said...

sounds like life is good

hugs and kisses to Moby and Tracie

Anonymous said...

It's cute to me too!

Heather Mae the DIY Gal said...


(translation: Morgan is just too cute!!)

Jacob I. McMillan said...

You know what my favorite kind of rejection letter is? The kind where they DON'T TELL YOU WHY THEY REJECTED IT so you have no idea what you could've done better. And by favorite, I mean "it sucks the most".

Ammon said...

Looks like Morgan writes fantasy/comedy/sex stories just like his old man! Talented family.

Charlo said...

Carrisa had a similar experience this year where she submitted one to her mag that got rejected, and it was a piece (if I understood her correctly) that she liked more than the other ones that got accepted last year.

My guess is that they's already accepted too many pieces from men with false hips, and they are trying to preserve the diversity

Austin said...

Dad- Yes it is. They send hugs and kisses back.

Mom- I'm glad. Of course, as my mother, you're required to think everything I think is cute is cute.

Heather- I didn't need the translation, as I speak Morgan, but our other readers are grateful. And I concur. He is too cute.

Jacob- I just tell myself that it was so awesome they couldn't bear to print it next to such mediocre by comparison writing, that usually works. Life is wonderful with a little self-deception.

Ammon- That is all kinds of wrong. Morgan writes sci-fi/tragedy/farce stories. But yes, we are a very talented family.

Charlotte- That's another theory, though I'm not sure how much of a metal hip cancer survivor demographic is submitting regularly to UVU's writing journal. Now, if you put me in the "balding under 30 UVU students overconfident in their writing ability" group, I can see that they want to diversify from that.