Unbagging the Cats 1

Unbagging the Cats 1

Saturday, August 20, 2011

In Late Summer, an Old Lady's Fancy Lightly Turns to Thoughts of Submissions

I am sure Lord Tennyson will forgive me for the butchering of his quote. And even if he doesn't, what's he gonna do about it?

Today I sent an Unsent Letter. I have more at the ready, but the guidelines say to wait for a response to the first one before sending more. Perhaps my convoluted correspondence will not be their comforting cup of tea. Or their bowl of chicken soup. Though in my not-quite-humble opinion, Val's writing has a certain edge that seems better-tailored to a niche in this market than to the uplifting, feel-good anthologies.

Oh, I can make my submissions fit the feel-good. But it's not an entirely comfortable process. Like squeezing myself into some skinny jeans and a bustier. Technically, I am wearing the clothes. But I can't quite catch my breath, and everyone can see my muffin-top. I am the farmer's daughter, barefoot in overalls, called in from pig-rasslin' to mingle with the silky-smooth, glossy-lipped, impeccably-coiffed debutantes. I'm Sandra Bullock as Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality. Dana Goodman as Carrie Mae in The House Bunny. Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies. My body of work is not so much upper crust as super crusty.

Like economically-priced beer, my writing is an acquired taste.

4 comments:

Linda O'Connell said...

Teaser! give us a clue or send me your story :)

Sioux said...

I'm with Linda (although right now I am on the lam from what I did to Linda).

Is it the busgirl letter? Give us a hint.

Val Thevictorian said...

Linda,
Being a bit of a layabout slacker this past week, I punched up my "Ptomaine, Schmomaine" post from several days ago, and sent the "Dear McDonald's Manager" letter. Perhaps because my bowels were still in an uproar about being served food that another customer had touched.

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Sioux,
I have been watching Channel 2 News to see if your crime was reported. Lucky for you, Linda is not easily breakable. Shame on me for not commenting when I first read your account. I'll go back and do that immediately! At first I thought you were joking. Then I read all about it on Linda's blog.

The sent Unsent Letter is not the Busgirl. I already spilled the beans in my response to Linda's question. It's the McDonald's manager letter.

But because you both were kind enough to show an interest, I will do my Sunday post about this subject.

Something tells me that Linda just might have an idea for her own Unsent Letter now. "Dear Chair-Snatcher..."

labbie1 said...

Can't wait for Sunday! Oh, Wait...it IS Sunday...off to THE post! :)