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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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Baen's Universe
Spent all weekend reading slush and submissions for Baen's Universe. There are some excellent writers out there, and there are a few where the rejection letter we would send if we thought we could get away with it starts, "Okay, stay calm. Move away from the keyboard...take it easy, just back away slowly from the keyboard...and don't give up your day job."

It's hard for me to figure out what makes some writers write such incredibly nihilistic, negative stuff. I don't think I'm strange, and I really don't want to devote an hour's time to reading a story which ends with a real downer. The heroes can die, but there should be some hope in it. One of my favorite movies is There Might Be Giants with George C. Scott. The movie ends in a tragedy, but it is uplifting, and meaningful tragedy.

As Eric Flint has tried to explain to some of our newbie authors in the Baen's Universe Slush conferences on Baen's Bar (http://bar.baen.com), Hamlet is a case in point. Everybody dies, but there has been gnosis, and catharsis (okay, the Bear didn't use those words, that's my Theater Arts degree talking there), but it is the idea.