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JennaGlatzer
05-26-2005, 07:37 AM
Got my July issue of Writer's Digest today with my article in it: "Nice Work-- Just Change Everything." Admired the graphic for a second, then tore out the pages. I have a binder where I keep all my clips, and I tossed it on the floor next to my bookshelves to remind myself to put it in my binder later. Went out for a bit, came back and found that my cat had vomited all over the article.

Very humbling to find out this is what she thinks of my work.

Jamesaritchie
05-26-2005, 07:46 AM
Got my July issue of Writer's Digest today with my article in it: "Nice Work-- Just Change Everything." Admired the graphic for a second, then tore out the pages. I have a binder where I keep all my clips, and I tossed it on the floor next to my bookshelves to remind myself to put it in my binder later. Went out for a bit, came back and found that my cat had vomited all over the article.

Very humbling to find out this is what she thinks of my work.

One of my cats upchucked on my keyboard, so I can empathize. I just assumed my cat was preparing me for the world of critics and reviewers.

Birol
05-26-2005, 10:27 AM
Don't worry, Jenna. It's not the quality of the work, but the quantity of time you spend on it. She's just jealous. :)

awatkins
05-26-2005, 06:24 PM
Get that cat a keyboard and let her write her own articles. Then you can leave 'critiques' on her manuscripts. :D

maestrowork
05-26-2005, 06:29 PM
My cat poops before I write anything. How's that for encouragement.

Ed Williams
05-26-2005, 06:52 PM
...I had a literary agent tear off a corner of a sheet of notebook paper, write "Not for us" on it, and send it to me. Talk about humbling, I wasn't even worth a full sheet of notebook paper!

arrowqueen
05-27-2005, 02:20 AM
Cats are reincarnated Professors Emeritus. They are merely jealous of the fact that we can still read and write and they can't. Before the advent of computers they used to sit on your papers/newspapers, now they try and sabotage the new technology.

azbikergirl
05-27-2005, 05:38 AM
If my cat lived at your house, he'd have cleaned up the mess long before you got home. He'll eat anything not nailed down. (Poor thing was abandoned as a baby, so he's probably scared he'll never eat again.)

Say, where's MY copy of WD? I gotta read that article :)

mdmkay
05-27-2005, 10:47 AM
Got my July issue of Writer's Digest today with my article in it: "Nice Work-- Just Change Everything." Admired the graphic for a second, then tore out the pages. I have a binder where I keep all my clips, and I tossed it on the floor next to my bookshelves to remind myself to put it in my binder later. Went out for a bit, came back and found that my cat had vomited all over the article.

Very humbling to find out this is what she thinks of my work.

(Laughing_) Oh Jenna I was feeling so terrible sorry for you because I misread your post and thought the editor had wrote on it Nice Work--Just Change Everything and then tore out the pages of your graphics and sent it back to you and then on top of that humiliation the cat upchucked all over it.........I felt just terrible for you........but now not so horrible...at least you can always get another copy and keep it away from the cat. congratulations on your article. (wouldn't it be so cool if I could type and think at the same time...or type and spell, or type and breath, heck I'd settle for walk and chew gum at the same time).

JennaGlatzer
06-10-2005, 12:32 AM
:D Yeah, thank goodness the editor still likes my work. The cat is DEFINITELY trying to tell me something. She is the barf queen-- always has been... just eats way too fast, but is perfectly healthy-- but has always been rather polite about her barfing before now. Tends to let it loose on the wood floors rather than rugs, so I thank her for making it not too obnoxious to clean. But last week she decided to barf INTO MY MONITOR... you know, right through those slats on top. I was in there with a Q-tip cursing her name. Then she gives me those cat-from-Shrek eyes...

http://limon.borec.cz/mesice/prosinec/39429.jpg

katiemac
06-10-2005, 12:41 AM
There's a whole new threat. I never even imagined I'd have to guard my work from my cats, but there you go. Jenna, please tell me you're planning on buying a new monitor soon? :) Those Shrek guys really know the personality of a cat.

Simran
06-10-2005, 12:44 AM
:D Yeah, thank goodness the editor still likes my work. The cat is DEFINITELY trying to tell me something. She is the barf queen-- always has been... just eats way too fast, but is perfectly healthy-- but has always been rather polite about her barfing before now. Tends to let it loose on the wood floors rather than rugs, so I thank her for making it not too obnoxious to clean. But last week she decided to barf INTO MY MONITOR... you know, right through those slats on top. I was in there with a Q-tip cursing her name. Then she gives me those cat-from-Shrek eyes...

http://limon.borec.cz/mesice/prosinec/39429.jpg

cute cat Jenna but puss-in-boots-eyes or not she needs to stay away from the workplace. LOL

KTC
06-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Wow! This has me wondering what my dog would do to one of my pieces. I'm tempted to strew some of my articles across the floor and go out. Come to think of it, though, I wouldn't be up to the cleaning (or the implications) when I come home to find little brown castles on my work. Your cat should become a critic!

smallthunder
06-10-2005, 08:38 AM
Your cat should become a critic!

Whaddya mean? Her cat IS a critic! What Jenna should do is get that cat to the keyboard and see what it can do.

Those who can, write.
Those who can't write, barf.

Let's see what you've got in ya, Miss Kitty Kat. Think it's so easy, huh?

Uncletrunx
06-10-2005, 07:32 PM
Cats are reincarnated Professors Emeritus. They are merely jealous of the fact that we can still read and write and they can't. Before the advent of computers they used to sit on your papers/newspapers, now they try and sabotage the new technology.
This seems so true! My cat won't let me read / type anything while he's around!

The most cutting rejection letter I ever heard of may be an urban myth but it bears repeating:

A writer submitted some poems to a publication, asking that they decide whether or not they wanted to use them quickly as he had "other irons in the fire."
He received a letter back suggesting that he remove the irons and insert the poems!

Poppy
06-10-2005, 11:06 PM
I got my copy of Writer's Digest today. That's a really good and helpful article, Jenna. If you still need the original pages for your clip file, I'd be happy to send you my copy of the mag or the pages of your article. I don't see why you should pay $6 for another copy of the mag when I really don't need this one (since writing isn't my main focus anymore) and would be more than happy to send it to you. Let me know, ok?

Vanessa
06-11-2005, 04:49 AM
Got my July issue of Writer's Digest today with my article in it: "Nice Work-- Just Change Everything."

Jenna, I just picked up a copy today from Barnes and Nobles. Actually that's where I am now as I type this. I'm an avid reader of Writer's Digest. Your article as usual is very informative. I picked up a book days ago: Writer's Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing 2nd Edition, and read the back cover to find that you were one of the contributors.

Although I've been a fan of Writer's Digest for quite sometime, sadly; I've never paid much attention to the names of the writers/authors. But now, since being at the AW, your name rings a bell that keeps me looking for more of your material. Plus it's pretty cool, knowing that I am just a few keystrokes away from one of the most successful freelance writers. :Hail:
:banana:

WriteRead
06-13-2005, 05:32 AM
Did you hear about the cat which pissed on the fax and put the house on fire?

It happened yest, or a day before, somewhere in this cat mundo, ha-ha. Sad, really.

Dan

Greenwolf103
06-18-2005, 09:44 PM
Those who can, write.
Those who can't write, barf.


LOL!!! :ROFL:

I used to have a cat and anytime I'd be writing (the old fashioned way, with a pen), he'd thoughtfully sit next to the paper I'd be writing on, occasionally batting at the pen.

I like Anne's idea! ;)

aadams73
06-18-2005, 11:29 PM
I used to have a cat and anytime I'd be writing (the old fashioned way, with a pen), he'd thoughtfully sit next to the paper I'd be writing on, occasionally batting at the pen.


I always do first draft with pen and paper. My cat--who is a rather unsociable ragdoll--will hunt and kill my moving pen. When the kill is complete, she flops down on my notepad.

CACTUSWENDY
06-19-2005, 12:34 AM
:Soapbox: That's gross....:popcorn:

FloVoyager
06-28-2005, 06:38 PM
...I had a literary agent tear off a corner of a sheet of notebook paper, write "Not for us" on it, and send it to me.
Now, that's just plain unprofessional, imo - not to mention tacky.

Perks
06-29-2005, 12:31 AM
Got my July issue of Writer's Digest today with my article in it: "Nice Work-- Just Change Everything." Admired the graphic for a second, then tore out the pages. I have a binder where I keep all my clips, and I tossed it on the floor next to my bookshelves to remind myself to put it in my binder later. Went out for a bit, came back and found that my cat had vomited all over the article.

Very humbling to find out this is what she thinks of my work.

Wow, that reminds me of the time that my four year old told me (we had been trying to break her of rudely expressing her dislike of anything that wasn't plain noodles) "Mom, when you cook... it makes me wish I didn't have a tongue."

jackie106
06-29-2005, 07:11 AM
I always do first draft with pen and paper. My cat--who is a rather unsociable ragdoll--will hunt and kill my moving pen. When the kill is complete, she flops down on my notepad.

My dad's cat tries to bit my knitting needles while I am knitting. I can't knit while I am at his place.

His cat is an overachiever. Most cats seem to go for the yarn, not the needles.

Jackie

D.J.
06-29-2005, 04:54 PM
Wow, that reminds me of the time that my four year old told me (we had been trying to break her of rudely expressing her dislike of anything that wasn't plain noodles) "Mom, when you cook... it makes me wish I didn't have a tongue."

Oh, that is one of the funniest things I've ever heard! I love the things kids say, good thing, since I was in education for so loooooooooong. LOL!

Jenna, sorry about your cat's cruel reveiw, but that's why I have dogs. They love everything I do unconditionally. Since I hate rejection, it works for me! ;)

Darin C. Bradley
06-29-2005, 08:00 PM
My cat enjoys sleeping atop my monitor while I am working. Unfortunately, she likes to play with the power button, which is quite easy to press. I used to think she'd dangle her arm and press the button accidentally until she started looking at me before she'd do it. So, I got a dog to help keep her occupied, but now the dog just walks in to the study, takes a look at what I'm doing, passes gas, and then leaves. Clearly, I'm loved around here.

Susie
06-29-2005, 09:45 PM
lol, Darin. Maybe it's time to get a roommate - the human kind? And welcome to the Water Cooler. Your post made me chuckle. Thanks much.


susie

dreamfroggy
07-02-2005, 03:16 AM
*falls off the chair laughing* this all sounds so familiar. our little dog can not stand it when she is not the focus of everything.
she is just the right size to get herself under the keyboard and push the keboard back with her head.

smallthunder
07-03-2005, 11:39 AM
My cat enjoys sleeping atop my monitor while I am working. Unfortunately, she likes to play with the power button, which is quite easy to press. I used to think she'd dangle her arm and press the button accidentally until she started looking at me before she'd do it. So, I got a dog to help keep her occupied, but now the dog just walks in to the study, takes a look at what I'm doing, passes gas, and then leaves. Clearly, I'm loved around here.

Too funny!
:ROFL:

Literary Lola
07-09-2005, 11:51 PM
I haven't laughed this hard in weeks.

zarch
07-16-2005, 06:58 PM
I'm a high school English teacher who happens to own a dog. Once, I brought home a pile of essays to grade, and once I was finished I stack them on the floor. While I wasn't looking, my dog took the paper off the top of the stacked and tore it to bits. I collected those tiny scraps and crammed them in a plastic bag.

The next day, I handed the plastic bag to the kid who wrote the paper, and, when he looked at me questioningly, I said "Sorry, my dog ate your homework."

The kid didn't laugh.

aadams73
07-16-2005, 07:35 PM
Got my July issue of Writer's Digest today with my article in it: "Nice Work-- Just Change Everything."

I just read that last weekend and congratulated you quietly while doing so. You'll be pleased to know that my cat did not toss her kitty cookies on your article; she saved that for my fresh laundry.

D.J.
07-16-2005, 10:27 PM
I'm a high school English teacher who happens to own a dog. Once, I brought home a pile of essays to grade, and once I was finished I stack them on the floor. While I wasn't looking, my dog took the paper off the top of the stacked and tore it to bits. I collected those tiny scraps and crammed them in a plastic bag.

The next day, I handed the plastic bag to the kid who wrote the paper, and, when he looked at me questioningly, I said "Sorry, my dog ate your homework."

The kid didn't laugh.

I hope you failed him. :)

elclarko
07-22-2005, 02:00 AM
I think my worst rejection was the rubber-stamped "NOT FOR US" in red ink across my query letter.

scfirenice
07-22-2005, 04:11 AM
That's pretty bad I hope you lined the bird cage with it. I hate the Dear Author not for us ones. Hey at least scrible my name on it right??? Keep trying, good authors eventually find a home!

Greenwolf103
07-22-2005, 10:47 AM
Darin, that was hilarious!! Welcome to the boards. :)

elclarko
07-22-2005, 05:03 PM
Scfirence: Right, who needs 'em? A university press took the book and did a fine job of releasing it in cloth and trade paperback. After years of writing and trying to get agents to give my work a look, I've decided to deal with small literary presses. It has been my experience the folks at those places are a lot more accomodating, and a lot more civil. Good luck, to all.

Jaycinth
08-17-2005, 11:12 PM
My cat obviously thinks everything I write is a security threat. If he manages to get into the room he paws the keyboard until he hits 'delete'. If it has been printed, he takes it in his little teeth and shreads it with his little claws. Even homework is not safe! But he only tosses his cookies on the T.V. Guide.