The Longest Reply

Writer waiting for an e-mail reply, biblical painting by William Blake

In My Inbox

Today, in my e-mail inbox I received another form rejection. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary, for I get these things all the time. But what set this particular reply apart from all the other replies is that it took the agent, two years and three months to return the e-mail. I’m sure in the overall scheme of things this is no record, but for my particular literary endeavors it is definitely a major milestone, for I have never had to wait so long for a rejection.

A Glimmer of Hope

And then from all the information conveyed to me by this agent, who I will allow to remain anonymous, there was this little glimmer of hope.

“Regarding your submission, while there’s much to like, I’m afraid I’m not connecting enough emotionally to your characters, which ultimately means I’m not connecting enough with the content of your story. “

This in itself wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that it was obviously part of a form letter. A few original words would have been greatly appreciated, but I guess it just wasn’t going to happen on this day. Maybe this agent would have been better off, if he had sent no reply at all. After all that seems to be the current form of saying no.

 

Weapon

The super-duper extra long Kentucky rifle was instrumental in defending the Appalachian frontier.
The super-duper extra long Kentucky rifle was instrumental in defending the Appalachian frontier.

Weapon

Pictured here is the Super-duper Extra Long Kentucky rifle pictured with its inventor Ignacio Broderick Leighton. This little known piece of historical trivia was very important to the early pioneers as they crossed the Appalachians and settled in along the Ohio River.

Nostalgia

I found this VW painted on a fence in Las Vegas and it brought memories of when my father bought a brand new VW bug for 1300 dollars in 1960, photo by author.
I found this VW painted on a fence in Las Vegas and it brought memories of when my father bought a brand new VW bug for 1300 dollars in 1960, photo by author.

Nostalgia

Back in 1960, Volkswagens or the people’s car as my father liked to call it, weren’t very common. So many times when we passed another VW bug on the road, we would honk at the other car and almost always, the other vehicle would return the favor. More often than not this method of recognition was initiated by the other driver.

Anyway our little beetle (pre John. Paul, George and Ringo by a year or two) lasted for 100,000 miles at which time my father had a rebuilt engine inserted into the vehicle. Since I had two younger brothers, many times I had to share the back seat, whenever we went somewhere as a family.

Eventually, our little two door was replaced by a station wagon, but the sight of a “bug” on the round, usually triggers of my father, who passed away 15 years ago.

 

Nostalgia

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Quest

man on a quest, photo by author
man on a quest, photo by author

Quest

The above image depicts a man on a quest. In past eras, this role has been primarily reserved for the male gender, but today anybody can go on a quest – male or female — no questions asked.

After contemplating the subject matter for a second or two, I decided to jot down a few characteristics of a person, who has set on a quest.

  1. One specific goal  —  In this case we do not know what this man’s goal might actually be, but we do know that he has set himself on a narrow path, symbolized by the pole he is walking on.
  2. Traveling Light  — Traveling light symbolizes dedication to the task at hand. In many cases, material objects are excess baggage.
  3. Little Room for Error — As in this case and with many other quests there is not much room for variation. If you veer to the right or the left, you fall off the path.
  4. No distractions  —  In a true quest, the traveler or voyageur cannot be distracted by events along the way. In this case, the man must ignore the crane. It is a bad distraction.
  5. Search for truth — Historically, quests have always been associated with a better understanding of the laws of Nature and human endeavors. That is probably true today as well.

Quest
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Rare

This white dinosaur was spotted in the Gaspie region of Quebec, Canada on an extended bicycle journey
This white dinosaur was spotted in the Gaspie region of Quebec, Canada on an extended bicycle journey, photo by author

Rare

This white dinosaur (brontosaurus, I think) was spotted while touring through Quebec on a 15-speed Univega bicycle. I do believe that this creature is quite rare, because I have not seen one since, not even at Jurassic Park.

Rare

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Fun

The Dog House on Route 66 in Albuquerque sells hot dogs, photo by author
The Dog House on Route 66 in Albuquerque sells hot dogs, photo by author

Fun

The hot month of August is a good time to escape  the dog days by getting out of the house and let someone else do the cooking. Most likely, this New Mexico dog house sells a lot of hot dogs during the summer months.

Fun!

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