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Getting Up To Date On A Couple Of Things [Feb. 9th, 2010|09:31 am]
Tony Grist
We'd been wondering what was going on next door- where building work seems to have been abandoned- so we were glad to catch Shiraz on a flying visit to his half-completed home. He gave us a tour of the site- nice new windows, chimney breast gone, the upstairs ceilings ripped out- while fulminating about how he's going to "fucking kill" his builder- who seems to have taken the money, done half the work, then downed tools and asked for more.

I got an email yesterday from K.A. Hunter- with whom, at the beginning of the last decade, I edited a short-lived magazine called the Carriage House Review (she was the gaffer; I was the assistant editor and got to winnow vast quantities of short fiction).  It was a transatlantic relationship- conducted entirely by post and email- and when the magazine folded- as it did after three issues- correspondence lapsed and I never learned what exactly had gone wrong. It was a good little magazine while it lasted and I was proud of it.  Maybe now I'll get the full story. 

[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
Was I sure of my judgement? Yes- pretty much. I think you have to be to do the job. I was looking for good writing- and there's not a lot of that about- so most of the material immediately disqualified itself. Choosing between the quality pieces is where it got tricky. I'd like to think we only published good stories, but I'm sure we turned down some that were equally worthy. My editor and I didn't always agree. She had the final word- and some of the stories I liked a lot didn't make the final cut.

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[User Picture]From: brttvns
2010-02-09 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks - yes, sounds arrogant to say 'I know shit when it's under my nose' and if a piece doesn't grab you from the off or fails to satisfy after a couple of reads then I hope that means it has proven itself unworthy of inclusion.
I'm hoping our judgement is sound, but we will soon find out when we send it out for review - *Yikes*

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-02-09 07:53 pm (UTC)
It's not arrogance- it's a belief in your own ability to do the job.

All the best with the mag!
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