May 04, 2005

My first real literary submission.

Many thanks to Miss Janis for providing such rich fodder for ridicule with her tales of the condo board, and for inspiring me with her Fabioescapades to submit the sentence (I made it one sentence by replacing the period after the first sentence with a comma) from yesterday for inclusion in the prestigious Bulwer-Lytton contest. I sent in my opus magnum last evening, and received a very kind e-mail back from the sponsors, reading (in totality):

Your submissions have arrived and will receive the treatment that they deserve.

I am overcome with ennui.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 4, 2005 08:50 AM

Terry's first literary submission was treated horribly with no regard to his feelings which had been taken to the dark edges of dispair by the loss of his beloved 240D and the arrival of a Swedish bomb(shell) unannounced at the doorstep of Possum Manor rousing the lovely Reba to ask unwanted questions.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at May 4, 2005 09:52 AM

You have a future in literature, young man.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 4, 2005 10:14 AM

35 years of government writing has prepared me to write meaningless sentences with the best of them.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at May 4, 2005 10:23 AM

You replaced the period with a comma? You're cribbing from William Faulkner.

He had whole chapters when I think the period key on his old Underwood typwriter was broke. For some reason his editor never caught it.

Posted by: El at May 4, 2005 10:29 AM

Didn't you know? Terry's real name is Bubba Faulkner, great-nephew of W. Faulkner.

Posted by: DaveH at May 4, 2005 10:46 AM

El, I had to replace it, because the rules call for the entry to be one sentence; so I had to dust off my usual trick of making a two-sentence paragraph run on and on as if it had no brakes, or, in this case, punctuational breaks.

Actually, I'm not related to Mr. Faulkner, although I occasionally believe I was the model for Erskine Caldwell's Jeeter Lester.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 4, 2005 10:55 AM

Well, at least no one is claiming that you have some family connection to the Snopes clan.

Then come to think of it, I don't that that family tree had branches.

Posted by: El at May 4, 2005 12:18 PM

It's just like I was telling my cousin-brother the other day...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 4, 2005 01:02 PM