Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Calling Canadian Chris: Got a Question.

Is this you?

Chi Story Contest, Honorable Mention:
“The Confession” by Chris Miller

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow! How'd you find that? Yeah, that's me! Thanks for noticing.

Chris

Mirtika said...

Well, hoo, congratulations. Datlow and some impressive judges. Being an Honorable Mention chosen by THAT panel is like winning some other contests!

I had publicized the contest on this blog back in...June? And I kept the link on my "favorites" so I could go back and check who won. :) That's how I knew.

Mir

Anonymous said...

Come to think of it, it was your contest link that directed me to it in the first place. So thanks Mir, I'm again beholden to ya.

Chris

Mirtika said...

You're welcome. :)

If you come across some good fiction contests, gimme a heads up. I'll post em.

Mir

Anonymous said...

Just learned that the story I entered into The Harrow competition (at a cost of 3&) has moved into the finals (top ten) and will be published and pay at least 10& (maybe 300&) plus copy of anthology plus royalties. I think I found that contest here too. So you're like my mentor or something now almost. Of course that Sword publication rejected my sci-fi submission which if you read my yesterday's blog, you'll see why. So that sucked. All we did was push each other's buttons.

Chris

Mirtika said...

You're making moolah!!! I love it when writers make moolah from my links. YAY!!!

Yeah, well, don't press my button today. My monthly visitor is due and I've got a hair-trigger. ; )

Mir

Mirtika said...

BTW, The Sword Review is an openly Christian-friendly p ublication. So, any story that feels on the edge of blasphemy will not be suitable.

It's like submitting to a feminist fiction mag, and having a story that says, 'Patriarchy is yummy." You will be rejected out of hand for the premise.

Or entering a story in an Islamic mag that says Mohammed was less than. Ain't gonna fly.

You aren't, obvsiously, in step with the Christian vibe. Why submit to TSR? Are you LOOKING to push buttons, maybe? :)

You snarkorama, you.

It's not so much God failing us, a nyway, as we failing us. Every time spend money on our own desires rather than meet a need, we have, in esence, sinned ,and every person does that. EVERY single one I know, including you.

How big a percentage of your salary did you give to African aid or to support a Middle East peace initiative? Or is it just easy to yell obscenities at the US and Israel?

Me, I figure if Cuba lobbed missiles at my homeland every day , day after day, I'm gonna ask our military to go in there and wipe out the source.

So, I cut Israel slack.

And since I'm not writing for a secular-feminist audience, I don't submit to secular-feminist editors. :)

Mir

Anonymous said...

Wow! You're right. You do seem kind of frazzled and aggressive today.

Actually, I submitted to Sword Review because I respected their choosing your story to win their contest and because their contest inspired me to write my frist big sale which will go on to win a Hugo and a Nebula no doubt, and so I felt kind of beholden to them and wanted to give them something. I didn't think the concept of life on other planets would be so hard for them to swallow. I kind of wonder if you'd find my story anti-Christian. I wouldn't have thought so, but now I ain't sure.

I don't think you can buy your way into good grace. Your and my philanthropy (of time and money) is nobody's business but our own. But if I've presented myself as anything but a miserable opinionated sinner, then it's my mistake.

Personally, I see clinging to any religious dogma or metaphor as literal (vs. mythological) truth as a form of mental illness as in dellusional and megalomanic. But I'm crazy in my own ways and have nothing agianst crazy people. Especially good individuals like you. I try to think of people in terms of individuals and not races or nationalities or sects or religion. Of course I do not always succeed.

To me, sin is that which causes you to suffer in the long run, and stupid is that which causes you to suffer in the short run.

You may think Israel's doing the smart Christian thing, but personally I can't see the Bible's Jesus character flying an F-14, dropping ordinance on His enemies, and whatnot. And all Israel's doing is racking up more enemies in the region and abroad. So it's kind of a sin in that sense too.

I enjoy our conversations Mir.