February 2, 2008

From travail to triumph!

Yes... I am pleased to say my web-hosting and domain name transfer have gone through at last. It almost gives one a delusional sense of grandeur to be able to fine tune the DNS server settings, add in masking, re-point a secondary domain name.... and I haven't even started with the email yet.

Such triumph! Almost overtook the absurd rejection letter I received today. I suppose one problem with getting such a letter is that it contains that slipperiest, most illogical of all creatures... an opinion.

Editors, of course, are not sensitive to the fact that when they praise one's writing, but add that one's artwork isn't quite up to par... when sending said opinion to a professional illustrator who has for decades earned a living selling artwork... this is illogical to say the least.

Well, what can I say? Opinions are free... everyone has one, naturally.



Sam said...

Opinions - there must be something clever to say about them other than the obvious, lol.

Let's see - (after looking through google...)

"Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair." George Burns


"There is no opinion so absurd that some philosopher will not express it"
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Ancient Roman lawyer, writer, scholar, orator and statesman, 106 BC - 43 BC


"My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right."
Ashleigh Brilliant
English author and cartoonist, b.1933


"My psychiatrist told me I was crazy and I said I want a second opinion. He said okay, you're ugly too."
Rodney Dangerfield
American comedian, 1921 - 2004


"A yawn may not be polite, but at least it is an honest opinion"


"My opinion is that anybody offended by breastfeeding is staring too hard"
David Allen


"Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves."
Albert Camus

John Nez said...

So VERY funny!

Thanks for those... the absurdity of it all is reassuring.


June said...

Ah well John, you can't expect to please every editor! Especially not the ignorant ones!

Their loss, and a moment for you to think positive, with a rue smile as you consider their 'opinion' for a second, then file that rejection in the bin(trash can).

I wonder sometimes if they have a few set paragraphs of various 'rejection reasons' that they copy and paste into such rejection letters... and maybe the selection of paragraphs is totally random! It seems that very often they are illogical in their replies.
Maybe they think we won't notice!

John Nez said...

Yes, I've often thought that's what editors ought to have... just some diplomatically worded rejection form letters.

Just say the book's not right for the list. Don't go telling a sorry old artist that his artwork isn't up to snuff but the story is great! That's the worst kind of torture...

Ugh! Some of them are harder to forget than others....

Paige Keiser said...

Even the opinions of morons can feel horrible. Sending you a hug from the east coast.