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From the TEoP Slushpile...

TEoP Slushpile Scorecard for 2008
  • 88 total submissions

  • 80 total submissions read.
  • 68 total rejections.
  • 02 total submissions kept for rereads ('maybe' reactions).
  • 10 total "Yes!" responses.

  • 08 submissions to go.

    The slushpile for the Edge of Propinquity for this month was not too bad over all. There was one story I almost accepted. Almost. But it wasn't quiet right. Of course, there were the stories of angels creating the world as well as the far past stories written as if the reader was the protagonist (a style I hate). Those were easy to reject and annoy me. I've stopped now because I was so annoyed at the last story I read that I did not want it to color my opinion on the next story.
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    Aug. 22nd, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
    Was the story that wasn't quite right easily changeable to something that might fit?

    stories of angels creating the world

    Ouch. Was it at least well written? A friend of mine, at the most recent WorldCon, was given a piece of writing to look at. It was titled, I kid you not, "I, Robot".
    Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
    wow, really? I had no idea you hated that style. Is it everything in that style? I mean, for instance, Richard Matheson's "I Am Legend" ?

    what do you hate about it?

    ..you know, this makes me glad I haven't submitted to you :P You intimidate me, literarily :P
    Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
    I hate the "You're there, watching him die..." prose. I really do. I feel like I'm being told what to do instead of having a story unfold around me. If it says something like, "You just watch him die..." it jerks me out of the story and I say to myself, "No, I don't. I try CPR, you stupid cow."

    But, you shouldn't be intimidated by me. The worst that will happen is that I say "No." to your story. By you not submitting a story to me, you say "No." for me.
    Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:48 am (UTC)
    okay, maybe I have the wrong Idea of what Protagonist meant..I assumed it meant the focus of the story, the one who the story was about, such as Richard Matheson writing as if the events in the story had happened to him :) so perhaps I'm confuzzled.

    And good point about the story submission...Jim recently sent me a link to a site that you can submit stuff too and I'm considering doing that..

    What type of stories are you looking for, for TeoP?
    Aug. 23rd, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)

    And next year's theme will be "Compromise."
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