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Made of Fail

My newest attempt to write something was NOT selected to move to the next round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. *sigh*

On a more cheerful note:

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It is also, according to my desk calendar, the Feast Day of St. Joseph of Arimathea, the patron saint of gravediggers and morticians.

Yesterday's entry ran:

The Waltz was forbidden on about this date in 1799 in parts of Switzerland and Germany. Through the 18th century, Europeans were inclined toward complex dances, such as the gavotte, minuet, and quadrille, which maintained the appearance of sexual propriety, But by 1773 the waltz, the name derived from the Italian volver, to revolve, had become popular in Vienna. It developed from the medieval weller, or turning dances of alpine Austrian and Bavarian peasants, whose ancient yodeling melodies formed their foundations. But many were adamantly opposed to this risque dance, which encouraged couples to hold each other in an unprecedented embrace. In July 1816 the London Times wrote scornfully on the waltz's recent introduction at a royal ball: "So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice. But now that it is forced on the respectable classes of society, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion."

I tried out our new shower head. It's pretty awesome.

Why do I bother continuing to try and write fiction? *sigh*

Dragons and reviews and cleaning up cat barf. Asi es la vida.

Stupid Dragon site isn't connecting anyway, so I can't even bother people posting my dragons. Go to my scroll and click my babies, at least... *pitiful expression* (I finally got a geode. Yay. Adopt one today! )

I can at least congratulate cornerofmadness, who DID make the next round. Despite the bitterness of the sour grapes I'm eating, I am happy for her and do make sure to vote for her excellent novel, Machiavellian Moon.


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:09 am (UTC)
thanks and I am sorry that you didn't progress. Is going to keep my eyes open for another query writing contest. I think that in part helped Mmoon out
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Well, I'll be entering it in the Southwest Writers contest, of course; I didn't enter anything in it last year so I want to be sure I don't miss this year.

Otherwise I really ought to get out the agent's list again and start peddling Ring of Fire around, if I can restore my own faith in it.
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
Good luck with that.

I bought the agent book last year. Have i freaking used it? no.
Mar. 18th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
Ah, yes, like the several year's worth of "Writer's Market" I have wasting space on the shelf...

Mar. 18th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
yep. i haven't bought one of those in a while. sigh. heck I haven't even been checking www.ralan.com lately
Mar. 18th, 2009 07:40 am (UTC)

Your talent will receive its proper acknowledgment and reach its readership someday. Then I'll learn to bake a cake (using the cookbook you gave me) and celebrate the overdue accolades!
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
I'm readying the same book to enter the Southwest Writers contest (the one that Ring of Fire placed second in -- I continue to rest on my laurels, alas!); then hopefully I can start actually getting some submission packages going out again!
Mar. 18th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC)
Happy day-after-St-Patrick's Day. [hugs]
Mar. 19th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
{hugs back!}
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