temporus: (maleficarum)
( Mar. 17th, 2008 08:25 pm)

I was recently having a chat with some friends where the topic rolled around to submissions.  I rolled off that I take a zen attitude toward submissions.  By that, I meant to say that I try not to let the act of making submissions, and getting rejections or acceptances affect me on an emotional level.  What stuck me in hindsight: I really don't know enough about zen, what it really is, or means, for me to say something like that.  I wasn't actually speaking about the practice of zen, but an Americanized, pop-culture version of what we think it means to "be zen".  I.e., to remain calm, cool, and collected under situations that are normally stressors.

I probably should learn a bit more about zen.  I know that zen has something to do with meditation.  I suck at meditation.  When I started to write up this entry, I decided to go out to Wikipedia, and look up the article on zen, just to get a basic understanding.  In a way that is as ironic as an airport named after Ronald Reagan....Wikipedia has now been unreachable to me for at least the past 30 minutes.  I'm betting there's a lesson in that.

temporus: (maleficarum)
( Mar. 17th, 2008 08:25 pm)

I was recently having a chat with some friends where the topic rolled around to submissions.  I rolled off that I take a zen attitude toward submissions.  By that, I meant to say that I try not to let the act of making submissions, and getting rejections or acceptances affect me on an emotional level.  What stuck me in hindsight: I really don't know enough about zen, what it really is, or means, for me to say something like that.  I wasn't actually speaking about the practice of zen, but an Americanized, pop-culture version of what we think it means to "be zen".  I.e., to remain calm, cool, and collected under situations that are normally stressors.

I probably should learn a bit more about zen.  I know that zen has something to do with meditation.  I suck at meditation.  When I started to write up this entry, I decided to go out to Wikipedia, and look up the article on zen, just to get a basic understanding.  In a way that is as ironic as an airport named after Ronald Reagan....Wikipedia has now been unreachable to me for at least the past 30 minutes.  I'm betting there's a lesson in that.

temporus: (codex)
( Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:31 pm)

After a short initial bout of, aw shucks, I kicked myself into action.   Off I went to the local store, that my friend Kendall will give me a hard time about giving my business, and picked up large mailer envelopes.  Back at home, I printed out some labels, a fresh copy, wrote up a new cover, and put on my postage.   It was then, I realized I didn't have any more paperclips.  No, couldn't have figured that one out before I went to the store, could I?

Thankfully, my wife needed me to drop off something to her at work (her first day back on the job since having the Little Man, yay!) and I was able to procure a paperclip.  So, the manuscript is on its way to the next market.  And now I know why I need more stories.  Because this whole drama could have waited a day or two, and if I had more stories out there, I'd probably be a tad less frenetic about it. 

temporus: (codex)
( Mar. 23rd, 2007 08:31 pm)

After a short initial bout of, aw shucks, I kicked myself into action.   Off I went to the local store, that my friend Kendall will give me a hard time about giving my business, and picked up large mailer envelopes.  Back at home, I printed out some labels, a fresh copy, wrote up a new cover, and put on my postage.   It was then, I realized I didn't have any more paperclips.  No, couldn't have figured that one out before I went to the store, could I?

Thankfully, my wife needed me to drop off something to her at work (her first day back on the job since having the Little Man, yay!) and I was able to procure a paperclip.  So, the manuscript is on its way to the next market.  And now I know why I need more stories.  Because this whole drama could have waited a day or two, and if I had more stories out there, I'd probably be a tad less frenetic about it. 

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