Saturday, January 20, 2007

I'm Enormous

I have two stories I almost posted here. One called "God" which is about the deity visiting a couple kids on the playground. The other is "Lost Town", a story about a teenage runaway's experience as a homosexual prostitute. However, at the last minute I decided to send them off to try and publish them. If you want to read either one, let me know and I will be happy to email either or both to you. I can't publish them here, because then the magazine would consider them as having been previously published.

A couple years ago, a few writers in one of the groups I attended were unwilling to put anything on the net. Not because they were concerned about the publishing rights, but because they were afraid someone could come along and steal their work. I've thought about that. However, if I'm having trouble getting stuff accepted, it would surprise me to find someone else having success. I remember a now defunct online magazine known as "Shadowfeast" published one of my stories. I googled it later and was stunned to find that someone in Great Britain had taken the tale off the site and published it on his website as well. He even gave me credit. I was flattered.

So here's to the two magazines about to receive my tales. Here's to electronic submission. It makes it so much easier to send stuff off. Finally, here's to Jon, home from the hospital today. I hope I see you on Thursday.

One last note. I am enormous. I am a corpulent mass that burbles as I pull myself from chair to chair. So, for the twelfth time, I am joining Weight Watchers this co
ming Monday. I will not be asking them to tell me my current weight, I do not want to know. Nor will I be making note of how much I lose a week. I don't want to know that as well. Instead, I will tell them that when I hit fifty pounds...we'll celebrate. Not before. I say that now, but we'll see how I feel about this all on Monday.


jedimerc said...

Strangely, I've never had anything stolen that I am aware of, and I have posted on a lot of workshop sites and my blog of course...

Those stories sound interesting, so if you don't mind, I'd like to read them.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Good luck with the weight loss. As for blogging your stories, I still see no reason to not seek publishing them elsewhere to get a wider audience. Simply take the story or poem off your blog first.

Susan Miller said...

I would email you to say, "Well, of course, Stu, send me the damn stories?" But I heard you changed your email address and refuse to do our writing group satellite feed. Woe is me!

Send me the stories.

Good luck with weight watchers. Overeating or eating the wrong things is definitely one of those logic meets emotion battles. Feeding the need to which we must wonder what is the need?

DesLily said...

Wow, you've got a lot going on! Of course I wish you luck with the stories! And with weight loss. I never seem to loose weight but I am always happy for someone who succeeds!

Kate S said...

Good luck with all of that, Stewart!

As for the weight loss, I feel your pain. Some time ago, I used a word count meter to note my weight loss progress (or lack thereof) on my blog. My reasoning was that the public humiliation would keep me moving.

Apparently, I'm made of sterner stuff. :)

I guess being a writer accustomes one to rejection and ridicule, so I had to find new ways to motivate myself. I hope your WW experience is a positive one for you.

Stewart Sternberg said...

I'll send them to you jedi. And I'm never really worried about the theft of my writing.

Thanks JR. I have been researching what's considered first rights, and it seems a story printed on a blog is a first publication. Removing it from the blog does not unfortunately eliminate that. I have kept my stories from the blog, and have plans to take some of the stories on the blog and rewrite them so as renew and rename them.

For all concerned, just in case anyone might be taking Sue seriously, I still have my email address. I've just blocked Sue, that's all.

Clifford said...

Good luck on the diet and the submissions! The most successful diet I ever went on was one where I never set foot on a scale. I'm too impatient to watch the numbers slowly drop.

Charles Gramlich said...

How much weight did you lose getting those stories off your chest? Surely that counts for something? Surely that calls for a celebration?

SQT said...

I can't weigh myself when I'm dieting either. I have to go about a month without weighing myself in order to have any success.

I'm trying to lose my holiday weight too. Pretty much sucks, but it's my own fault.

Good luck with the story submissions.

Holly Kennedy said...

kvGood luck with your submissions, Stewart. And with the weight loss, a constant battle for most writers, I assume. At least, it is with me.

On one side of the room is my desk and laptop, on the other a treadmill, elliptical machine, and bike.... Clearly, I need to make friends with them, but my laptop keeps screaming my name!!!

Erika said...

Good luck with WW!

My grandparents live up in Orchard Lake. I'm there all the time! I love it!

LOVELAND really?? I grew up there and my dad still lives there! Do you have a last name for your friend. I'm curious to see if I might know them! Though Loveland is growing like mad. It's still pretty small!

Stewart Sternberg said...

thanks's all part of my plan to try and pump out one hundred submissions this year.

SQT, sucks. Why can't we just snap our fingers and make it all go away. Erika, Kaminsky. A daughter and three sons. Thanks Clifford.

miller580 said...

I'll give them a read. Send them on over. Also, how much change is required for something posted on a blog so that is considered "unpublished"?

Stewart Sternberg said...

I am going to take the main idea behind the vampire story I posted, change the name, change the characters, rework several paragraphs and then viola. Plagiarizing myself.

Bird on a Wire said...

"I am a corpulent mass that burbles as I pull myself from chair to chair." With such a flair for language, I don't see how you could have any trouble finding success :)

Ormondroyd's Encyclopedia Esoterica said...

Publishers' guidelines often include their policy on material posted to the web. A couple of my horror stories were first published online, so I link to them on my web site; not my best work, but a "free taste" to show I can at least string two sentences together coherently.
Signifying Monkey
Mark of Cain
and novel excerpts here
With google around I should think it'd be difficult for plagarism to succeed; I use it to check whenever I see out of character syntax on a student paper. The consensus seems to be that worries about having your work stolen are exagerrated, except of course among Hollywood trolls, and I think they'd be reluctant to lift something that's posted on a dated website.

Stewart Sternberg said...

You know those websites where someone has written an abstract? You know, the ones where students go to get someone to write papers for them? I actually had someone cite one of those sites in a bibliography. I was dumbfounded. That's like cheating on a test and then in the corner, telling the teacher who you cheated off of.

miller580 said...

OK, I know how bad this is going to sound (or at least naieve) but at least they cited it. That's a step toward academic honesty isn't it? I know that's the glass half full philosophy...maybe they thought it was a legitimate resource?

I found a site you should check out and give to your students. I think this is a good place for people who don't have academic databases at their disposal.

Back to my earlier question though, how much change would be needed for a smaller work, say a poem for example, to claim that it was not published?

Lucas Pederson said...

I wish you all the luck with the stories, buddy. As for the diet? If you drink soda, stop. Drink water, tea, and diet soda helps too, although I wouldn't recommend drinking too much of the stuff. I tried this when I saw myself in the mirror a couple months ago.
"Oh how bout that," I imagined I said into the mirror, not really smiling.
"I'm turning into The Blob."
In any case, I stopped drinking regular soda and in a month I lost fifteen pounds. Believe me, I was shocked. Couldn't hurt to try.

Turnbaby said...

I've had the fear of posting cause someone might take it anxiety going on for a couple of weeks. I am going to--on the advice of a trusted friend--get a program called SnagIt. You can make any document protected--so no one can take snippets. It's a pretty cool utility from my research.

Ah the penultimate struggle---well next to death anyway. I lost 55 pounds three and a half years ago. It's not been totally easy to keep it off. I lost it by eating less--not diet junk--to me the worst thing you can do is eat fat free sugar free stuff. And walking. Smaller portions of good food and accepting that being hungry is a good thing.

JR's Thumbprints said...

Nothing is ever etched in stone. I've given first North American rights to a journal only to explain to them two weeks later that I was rescinding our agreement. First of all, not all magazines and journals give honest descriptions as to who and what they are. The writer should always seek a wider audience for his/her work regardless of the circumstances.