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Keep Her Up, Both Night and Day

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So, after 479 days, Harper Collins Digital got back to me with a form rejection, so my whole self-manufactured drama llama ding dong over that is over. Still, to make it to the last four days out of 4500 submissions isn't bad, and it IS a difficult book to sell for a dozen reasons I could name.

In more important news, Seeger passed away. I'm fortunate to have been able to see him play four years or so ago, when he came through Kingston. He told a story about last time he came through, and had to be smuggled in because he was listed as a subversive communist pinko atheist scum by both the U.S. and Canada. One thing never changes, it seems, is the disproportionate amount of fear the secure and safe have. Perhaps it's a subconscious acknowledgement that the security comes at a price someone else is paying. I'd like to think so. But I'd rather have the lack of fear, if it's all the same to you.

But anyway, back to Seeger. When I think back on songs I still remember from being three or four years old, I can only dredge up "Puff the Magic Dragon" and this:



It was only later that I learned that he wrote "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" and other fixtures the grade-school music class. Which I suppose, are also a thing of the past, thanks to tax-cutting security-fearful political shenanigans.

And drama llama ding dong.

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birdhousefrog
Jan. 28th, 2014 12:35 pm (UTC)
I saw Pete a few times, as he was a fixture in New England much of the time I was growing up. He's at the back of so many influences in my life. He and Woody.

Oz
barry_king
Jan. 28th, 2014 03:13 pm (UTC)
It's funny. When I think about the people of my generation that were like Pete, they all wrote code. We may have listened to U2 and Sting, but the real resistance was against people owning ideas and controlling information flow. I wonder what the next generation will be fighting? Control over the modified genome in the wild I expect.
asakiyume
Jan. 28th, 2014 12:49 pm (UTC)
He was one of the greats.
barry_king
Jan. 28th, 2014 03:15 pm (UTC)
I only just learned that he wrote "We Shall Overcome".

I love Pratchett's take on that. Paraphrasing "it's the song that people sing when protesting against the people who used to sing it."

He's kind of like every subversive's great-grandfather that way.
peadarog
Jan. 28th, 2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the rejection! But fair play to you for making it into the last few days!
barry_king
Jan. 28th, 2014 03:16 pm (UTC)
Bah! It's all good. It just happened to be the novel I had to hand when the call went out.
sartorias
Jan. 28th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
That is great about the novel making it that far!
barry_king
Jan. 28th, 2014 03:18 pm (UTC)
At least I have outside confirmation that it has potential.

And something good came about it. It forced me to think about the prequel again, and get to grips with the rewrite, now that I have more experience with rewriting.

I keep in mind that Russel Hoban re-started Riddley Walker several times before he got it right. This is no RW by any stretch, but it's good to remember that sometimes you have to tell a story your way, but you may have to try several times before getting somebody else to pick it up.
sartorias
Jan. 28th, 2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yes--and there might be several approaches to telling your story your way.
bogwitch64
Jan. 28th, 2014 04:31 pm (UTC)
:( Poo for the rejection letter.
barry_king
Jan. 29th, 2014 01:52 am (UTC)
Which implies a certain degree of relief.
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