Type Fighter

Let’s talk about my two newest obsessions. Christina Aguilera’s song “Fighter” has been in heavy rotation on the pop station around here and it’s a perfect example of why I love her over all of the other female pop stars ending in -Itney. When she gets her voice revved up and starts wailing on those high notes I get woozy inside. Her vocal acrobatics are why the remake of “Lady Marmalade” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Patti Labelle is an amazing singer but compared to Christina and Co. Her version of the song is just dull. This was evident early on too. In her first breakthrough hit “Genie in a Bottle” there was some fantastic vocal color mixed in with the slutty teenage fantasy girl vibe (something for everyone). I think this is why I’m such a fan of Kelly Clarkson too. In a song like “Miss independence” you can almost see Christina over her shoulder pushing her to go further with her voice. And let’s be honest, both songs have guitar parts that rock.

Then there’s Gilmore Girls. I’m a dialogue junky and this show is my heroin with the WB being my rusty needle (also used previously to deliver injections of Dawson’s Creek). This show is sweet and funny and witty and smart and fairly free of overhyped drama. I also have a weakness for small show set in New England (Wings, Newhart, any of Stephen King’s TV movies, etc.) and this show play to that weakness explicitly. I’d seen a few episodes here and there but it wasn’t until I moved into my new house and found that even though I don’t have cable, I get perfect reception for all of my local stations plus the WB. So when I caught the Gilmore Girls marathon it was curtains for my plans to accomplish anything. Now I’m hunting the library and other free sources for the first two season DVDs…you may need to start planning an intervention.

And now to the title information. Last night, in an effort to avoid working on my current short story project, I created a new submission log in MS Works from two MS Word documents. I got quite a picture of my submission history over the last 12 years. I submitted my first story in 1993 to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Since then I’ve submitted more than 50 pieces with 25 of them coming from 2005 alone. The thing that shocked me the most was the rate of success I’ve had. With the exception of the very first two short stories I ever wrote and the two stories I have out on submission now, I’ve had everything I’ve ever sent out accepted after an average of 8 attempts.

The most attempts was a story that was sent out 12 times and I’ve had one story that was accepted the first place I sent it. Granted, most of the publications are obscure online magazines or journals stapled together in somebody’s mother’s basement, but still…2005 also ranks as my most successful year submission-wise. Of the 25 pieces I’ve submitted, five have been accepted for publication. My previous best year was 2002 when I had three stories published. Those three were my very first publications.

So to the editors who have rejected me over the last 12 years:

After all you put me through
You’d think I despise you
But in the end, I wanna thank you.

‘Cause you make me that much stronger
Make me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter.

You made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter.