Saturday, March 05, 2011

humorous things that happened this week

Since I have ascertained there are still people who stop by these parts, I can't resist sharing these stories. I feel like you guys would appreciate them. They shouldn't go to waste.

Story 1

On Monday or maybe Tuesday, a delivery guy came who was from neither FeEx nor UPS. Everyone in the office (which is small and open; your business is my business) flocked around the reception desk to see what was in the GIANT box the mysterious delivery guy had brought.

Guess who it was for? Well, obviously me, or I probably wouldn't find this story as hilarious. I asked the guy who it was from. "Maybe the card will say," he said cryptically.

So I signed, the guy left, and we all looked at the box, which was the size of a mini fridge. A large one. Or maybe a small dishwasher. No, I was not expecting a package. No, I did not have another Amazon binge. No, I wasn't in denial again. No, I couldn't think of anyone who would have a reason to send me a bomb, a severed body part, or a diseased monkey (we've all been reading a lot of thrillers lately).

It turned out to be an Edible Arrangement, and a VERY large and chocolatey one. At first I didn't recognize the name on the card, but the message revealed it was from an author I had rejected. (Yes, you read that correctly.) Apparently my rejection had totally changed her life and helped her get herself on the right path. This made me happy, and taught me a valuable lesson: reject people more often. (And no, the arrangement wasn't poisoned; I live to tell. As does everyone else in the office, those grubbing vultures.)

Story 2

Toward the end of the week, maybe Thursday, I had an email from someone whose name I didn't recognize and whose subject line made me think it was an unsolicited query. I admit I don't love getting unsolicited queries from unagented authors; my press has a firm and easy-to-find policy about the correct way to submit to us, and it sometimes irritates me when people go around this process.

So I opened the letter, prepared to be irritated, and read savagely through to the third paragraph of introductions and reminding us how we were connected to each other (apparently we had met at an event many months ago and I had been very "charming") before I realized there was no manuscript pitch. Only the author pitch. Although there was no mention that the man was an author, only an invitation to dinner or a concert. Oh. I was being asked out.

This is an ABSOLUTE FIRST for me. There was that one time that I went on a business lunch date and apparently the person I was meeting took the "date" part of it more seriously than the "business," but that was only once. But this was proper, courtly, old-fashioned asking out. How he could remember me, I'm not sure, since I only vaguely remember even being at the extremely crowded event he referenced. But hey. The email was complete with delicate flattery and a catalog of all the possible things we could do if I would meet with him.

I wish I could post the whole thing here, it was so amazing. But that would be infringement of copyright (impromptu copyright lesson: the copyright holder of a letter is the person who wrote the letter, not the person to whom the letter was addressed, nor the person in physical possession of the letter).

If he is reading this now, I will be very embarrassed, but I'm just going to have to take that chance. It's too special not to share.

***ETA*** I guess I wasn't clear when I posted this--NO, I will NOT be going on a date with the gentleman in question. I do have a Rally Monkey of many years who would be most put out if I did :)

52 comments:

Linda said...

wee! what a happy week! i need to be harsher with my students -- maybe they'llsend me choco-dipped strawberries and pineapple sticks! so glad to read you, friend. peace...

moonrat said...

hi, linda!

Amber Argyle said...

Okay, you got a goodies from an author you REJECTED and asked out by a guy who thought you were awesome BUT YOU CAN'T REMEMBER.
Oh to live the glamorous life.
;)
I'm sorry. I'm just SO jealous.

moonrat said...

yeah, it was a shockingly glamorous week. don't get the wrong idea. it's not usually like that.

moonrat said...

in fact, it's usually editing at 9:30 on saturday nights (cf timestamp :)

Diana said...

Woot! What a great week you've had! I'm happy for you! :)

ephemerling said...

Moonrat, nice to hear from you. Those two stories are so sweet. Say high to the Rally Monkey.

Heidi C. Vlach said...

You receive mysterious food from an author you rejected, and your coworkers jump to eat some? I'd argue that that's a good thing. You did let them go first, right? :P

Great to hear your stories and know that you had a good week.

liz said...

Moonrat! So glad you are back! And I wonder if you'll get lots more edible arrangements from now on!

Kate said...

If only more guys knew how impressed women are by The Courtly Letter! Even on Match.com, most men send emails like, "Hey what's up I'm bored."

Nice to see you around, Moonrat!

Josin L. McQuein said...

You know, either one of those could be the set-up for a great movie...

It must be nice to know you're so awesome that your awesomeness comes through even when in the middle of a crowded event.

moonrat said...

Josin--ha! Yeah, nothing short of a superpower. Forgive me if I'm a LITTLE bewildered about how it is possible that a) I made such a strong impression and also b) he waited this long to contact me if I did!

ggwritespoetry said...

Oh, how romantic...he's been thinking about you...and finally got up the nerve to contact you...so shy. I love it! But I love the edible arrangement even more. Soooo cool. Like Linda, I think I'll start "rejecting" more...see if I get some sweets out of the deal.

Leona said...

That's awesome and I'm so glad I never took my follow off when you said you weren't posting so much any more :)

The chocolatey goodness is a good idea. Maybe I should send one to someone who rejected me so nicely and helped me find my way to being seen as a serious writer.

I miss your posts... *cough*

Liana said...

so cute! I hope you have a nice date!

Whirlochre said...

Some weeks, woots and squees blend.

Charlee said...

Ahh that's very sweet.

But asking someone out by email? If he has your email couldn't he have found your phone number and actually called?

(not to put a dampener on things just men are getting more and more scared!)

Ann Finkelstein said...

Loved both stories.

Lydia Sharp said...

I thought Blogger goofed when I saw an update from you! What a pleasant surprise. :)

"Reject people more often." HA!

Miriam S. Forster said...

Awww! (to both stories)

I was about to ask you if you were going to go out with him and then I remembered the Rally Monkey. He probably wouldn't be down with that. Har.

Miriam S. Forster said...

Oh, and in case you were wondering if anything awesome had happened to your regular blog readers while you were gone...

http://msforster.blogspot.com/2011/03/we-interrupt-this-voice-series-to-bring.html

Charles Gramlich said...

It's good to be reminded that good things can come in the mail and email. Who woulda thunk it? :)

Jennifer Ambrose said...

An old fashioned date invitation by letter, involving gentle flattering!? I love it! So romantic. What oh what must RM have thought of this?

I can definitely see how a rejection could in fact help an author, especially one from you. How nice!

Jim said...

So are you going out with him?

Ben said...

That's a pretty positive week if I've ever seen one. Have you form-rejected the writer in story 1? Because good rejection takes a lot of work to read and extract meaning from, but if form rejection changed her life well...huh. Good thing that she's on the true path....somewhere else!

Jayne said...

That is precious. And those sweet arrangements are expensive!
I gold framed my first rejection letter. What the hell, it was so very nice and encouraging. Haven't sent a submission in since, but some day I'll get the nerve again...

Sarah Laurenson said...

Have not dipped into the blogosphere in, oh, about a month (or more). And what do I find? An update from Moonie. My day, month!, is complete.

Great stories. And yeah - did you let everyone else eat first?
;-)

Outlook Exchange said...

lol! it was hilarious!

moonrat said...

Ok, to clear up a FAQ--no! I am not going on a date with that guy. My Rally Monkey of many years would be most miffed :)

Sherri said...

What a pleasant surprise, getting this in my reader! Glad I held on to the subscription.

I'm with Jim, I want to know if you're going out with him!

Sierra Godfrey said...

HANG ON. A chocolate arrangement the size of a large mini fridge? Could you not have posted a picture? My God, what a treat. I am salivating at the thought of how great that thing must have been. Did you fall upon it like a hungry hyena?

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! Happy I decided to check in here today during lunch! Dare I check tomorrow!!??!! Could this be the beginning of my fantastic week?! Cute stories, awesome treat! LS

editor out west said...

I, too, wondered if Rally Monkey was still in the picture...

Hope this means we'll be seeing more posts from you!

Imogen said...

I'm with Amber Argyle on this - lucky you!

Calenhíril said...

Those are adorable stories. Thanks for sharing! I hope we see more of you now that you're back...

JS said...

Lovely to see you here!

And the second experience is one that always creeps me out. I wonder if it ever actually works as a courtship technique, for anybody?

emichii said...

y-y-you posted something!! XD
haha, it sounds like you had a fun week! :)

Wilde.Dash said...

Oh dear, I had one of those unsolicited date e-mails sent to me once. Similar situation, but there was no chance of him submitting a manuscript. Case of the awkwards.

Also, it's fabulous you had willing tasters for the edible arrangement, I would have been oh so dubious. Like that SNL skit with Russell Brand as the King with the clearly evil chef...

Beth said...

So glad to see you posting again! Please keep sharing the funny moments.

THE INTERN said...

for some reason, INTERN is imagining some sort of chocolate sculpture...a fountain or a Greek god or something. eat it before it melts!

MNiM said...

Sounds like a great week!

(And YAY! for posting again.)

Mike Lindgren said...

Moonrat! So glad to see a post! Hilarious stories!
Is RM glad that baseball season is again upon us?
All best, Mike

Nancy said...

What fun and how great to see you back to posting! Mmm, you might not be going on a date with that guy, but you are back to posting aren't you? Occasionally?

Anonymous said...

It's nice to hear from you. Please do post once in awhile to let us know how you are doing (even if it's about stuff not related to publishing).

Daniel K. Brantley said...

Just found this site and love it. Please post more. As a career writer, I've finally decided to take the novel plunge. Will it work? Will my writing suck? I'll find out. But in the meantime, I'll be coming here for more laughs and inspiration.

Ebony McKenna. said...

Hooray, you're back!

Neil said...

Hey, an editorial blog that's not boring! (Interesting and fun to read, even.) Looking forward to reading more.

vandersun said...

You should blog more often. I really enjoy your posts.

And if not for me, do it for the children. The innocent, starving children...

Lisa said...

I'd love to get an Edible Arrangement. I can well imagine someone giving one for having been rejected, which can be a chastising experience, I'm told.

Only - I've never been rejected. I wish I could experience it, even if only once.

Why does it never happen to me?

writtenwyrdd said...

I love those stories. And, for the record, I also am jealous. And it's also great to hear from you.

Sarita Rucker said...

I only now found this. I love the stories!! :)

My brother asked me about book publication (I guess because I'm an English major and because I've had a poem published) and after giving him some sort of answer I directed him to your blog. So you're still (maybe) getting new readers.

indium said...

Excellent post- I think you've given an extremely reasonable response.