Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Entry #7 Blogging solves the hold problem

Any moment now Financial Services will put an end to this...

Check out the comments for the last entry, then email Walker an evasive and congratulatory email.

"Dear Walker,

There is something in your blog comment that resembles good news.  Please continue to post on the subject until the source of this positive feeling is exhumed.  Then hold it up.  Wipe it off.  The remaining dirt in your nails will frame whatever's shining in your palm.

a most sincere follower of Colin Winnette's blog"

Financial Services failed to put an end to this.  They could have, if they wanted to, because I would have done anything and everything they asked.  The reality is, they're more anxious to get off the phone than I am, so I'm left with the rattling feeling that perhaps there are more important things to do this morning than blog...

...nah.  There are, yes.  But finish what you start!  As long as it's before eleven.

I got this email.  

I used the word "dross" in an email just now, in reference to an essay for which this excellent piece is a response.
 Okay, so that link isn't to the actual "excellent piece" I'm talking about, but just search for Ben Marcus' article in Harper's.  It's an old article, sure, oldish, but take a look at it anyway if you're interested in this kind of thing.

Oh, hey there, Dad's calling...



  1. Dear Walker Smart:

    Thank you for submitting your story. We regret that we are unable to use "Rainbow."

    Your work has received careful consideration, which sometimes means a response less prompt than we would wish. Unfortunately, the large number of submissions prevents us from commenting on many worthy manuscripts.

    We do appreciate your interest in The Kenyon Review.

    The Editors

    btw this was like four years ago.

  2. Thank you, but I don't feel like your submission is what we're looking for, seeing as you forgot to put a period in the very first paragraph.

    ~The (&)

  3. Dear Walker,

    Thank you for submitting "?!@#$". We won't be publishing this piece, but we appreciated the opportunity to read your work! Because we read so many stories, it is not possible for us to give specific feedback, but, if you're a relative beginner, you may find something of interest here: Editors' Input

    Glimmer Train Press Reference#: 276578

  4. From the editors of Anderbo:

    Sorry to say, we will not be using this submitted work, and do wish you the best of luck with it elsewhere.
    ( is able to use less than 1/2 of 1% of what comes in; most submissions receive a response within 1 to 48 hours. )

    I think you should write a poem where you piece together something out of all of our rejection emails.