Horizontal Lives

True Tales of the Infamous Courtesan: Persephone N. Hades and her Horizontal Life underground. How she got there, her mis-adventures and her struggle to re-surface.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Rejection


Well, I have been rejected.
Instead of going on about it, I’ll just give you the email correspondence.


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 11:28 AM
Subject: Thanks


Thanks very much for directing me to your blog. It's well done, but I'm afraid I didn't come away from it quite fully convinced I'd be able to develop into a book project. I do wish you the best with it, and thanks for your time.
All best,
(…)

-----Original Message----

Sent: Tuesday, March 29, 2005 7:16 PM

Subject: Re: Thanks


Dear (…),
Many thanks for taking a peek. I am not a writer so I completely understand. Just wondered, if you had any thoughts (if you have a tiny moment in your crazy schedule), as to what you were expecting and what you were hoping for in terms of a book so as I learn and grow, I might focus my studies in that direction.
All the best,
Geisha

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2005 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: Thanks


I don't know what I was expecting, to be honest. I stumbled across the site, and found myself puzzling over if it was, indeed, what I thought it was. I liked the idea of a modern day courtesan (if there is such a thing) doing her thing in the Big Apple. You haven't got a real narrative going in your blog, much like most of them. I would think you'd have two options, to write a novel about a modern day courtesan in NYC or to write a non-fiction account, something like Tracy Quan's book. It's tough to strike the right balance in books of this kind. But they're out there.

Dear (…),
Thanks for taking a minute to respond. It's more appreciated than you can imagine.
In all truth, I just started writing the Blog to challenge myself to get all my stories out of my head and onto the page.

After that, I figured I might be able to work with an editor with vision who might be able to help me fashion a book out of it…but I have miles to go.

I have been in my business for many years and truthfully, didn’t relate to Tracy's book as it has nothing to do with The Business as I have known it. She is more of an Escort than a Courtesan, which, within Our Underground World, is very different--


In any case, I will keep plugging along as it brings me Peace and I have some readers that enjoy it.

Someday perhaps I will have enough material and a thru-line will present itself.
Originally, I was just thinking along the lines of Tobias Wolf's "This Boy's Life."—
Just a journey of a normal girl who happened to end up a Courtesan…but we'll see.


I thank you so very much for your time, and your original interest and if you happen to meet any literary folk who might have an interest, I would be very grateful if you passed my Blog along to them.


Again, so many thanks
Wishing you Joy and Inspiration
Geisha


And then…I got an email from my Playwright friend—

the genius, who saved my achy-breaky-heart:


Geisha,
Let’s get together Friday or Thursday (Today). I love you and want to help you with you blog / Play.
See it and can envision it.
I see it as a one-woman play, which touches on so very much.
Please call asap and lets see what we can do about your play.
Tomorrow there is a meeting at Sardi's with the producer.
I will call you as soon as the meeting is over.
I also spoke to a friend of mine that would like to structure you piece as a documentary...
Just call baby


Love you then, now and always
Fondly
Johnny


Glass half-full?
Glass half-empty?


I never know when to take a sip!



7 Comments:

At 12:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That wasn't a rejection, that was an admission of his ignorannce.

Luciano

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger Zefrog said...

I agree with Luciano. This guy seems incredibly short sighted and unimaginative. It is probably just as well that nothing happened with him.

Ok, there is no narative as such but the book could be a collection of vignettes the commun theme of which would be you and your experiences. I know of one precedant where a blog was published verbatim (the baghdad blog).

I can also think of Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris which is a collection of articles (with very tenuous relation to each other) he wrote for a magazine or other. And what about books of short stories???

Best of luck. Your stories are captivating and I am sure something will come up eventually.

Best,
Zefrog xxx

 
At 6:27 AM, Blogger Skarlett said...

an adored Lit Prof once told me to never trust an editor, because if they were truely writers, they'd be writing, not editing the work of writers.
Not sure it that helps to put things in any sort of perspective, but I just want to make sure you know that your sharing and writing are not only appreciated, but enjoyed beyond the typical restraints of what an editor may view as profitable.
All my best-

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger TheatreGroupNYC said...

I wonder if love is what we will find or can be searched for at all. Perhaps we can only imagine that our senses will fathom to reach toward the dreams that we carry in our heart and we will each move towards the warmth as we feel it near. It won't be found in a photo, though you might see something that captures a memory or sparks and fires a passion. It will be hidden even from the profile text, somewhere inside or inbetween the words, like a code that is invisible to the eye, yet there for hearts alone to read. Perhaps attraction does not use the senses that we believe them to. I feel that there may be hidden senses that draw true lovers/friends together.

Before you read this, remember I am no expert, I am only imagining what would be "ideal", I am just a novice-I know nothing; these are just my thoughts There is no such thing as "ideal", I think that there is only Real. Real, which is unique for each, includes genuine commitment to a relationship which is giving and reciprocity of self from every level: mind, body, heart and soul. Real means acceptance of the other now, without the need to change or alter, this allowance offers respect and honors the indwelling spirit and strenght of the partner which is part of true support. Ideal is also imperfect and filled with "aliveness", passion, spirited to adventure of true communication, sincerity and finding joy in expression. This openness could let in and move away barriers to receptivity .it could allow passion to grow and mature with time rather than fall away. Giving, all the ways of giving in a relationship are so beautiful when reciprocal and, like a dance that is interwoven and one strenthens and supports the growth and potential of the other because as the spirit of one soars, it is the ideal for the other. To uplift, empassion, embrace the soul as well as the body, these are some of the ideals that I see in a special relationship. One more thing they must play as well like children naked in a field who have forgotten all the rules

Children naked in a field who have forgotten all the rules. I realized last night as we sat, dinned and laughed for hours.... That is the key to life, love and what we hold dear.

And as you held my hand last night during dinner, you were actually holding my heart.

What ever may become of us... I will love you with all the heart and soul that a friend is allowed to do...

Angels on your pillow "S"....

Kiss "E" for me. and maybe one day I will be honored to meet here.

.In here words....

"Momy Tired"

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger TheatreGroupNYC said...

I wonder if love is what we will find or can be searched for at all. Perhaps we can only imagine that our senses will fathom to reach toward the dreams that we carry in our heart and we will each move towards the warmth as we feel it near. It won't be found in a photo, though you might see something that captures a memory or sparks and fires a passion. It will be hidden even from the profile text, somewhere inside or inbetween the words, like a code that is invisible to the eye, yet there for hearts alone to read. Perhaps attraction does not use the senses that we believe them to. I feel that there may be hidden senses that draw true lovers/friends together.

Before you read this, remember I am no expert, I am only imagining what would be "ideal", I am just a novice-I know nothing; these are just my thoughts There is no such thing as "ideal", I think that there is only Real. Real, which is unique for each, includes genuine commitment to a relationship which is giving and reciprocity of self from every level: mind, body, heart and soul. Real means acceptance of the other now, without the need to change or alter, this allowance offers respect and honors the indwelling spirit and strenght of the partner which is part of true support. Ideal is also imperfect and filled with "aliveness", passion, spirited to adventure of true communication, sincerity and finding joy in expression. This openness could let in and move away barriers to receptivity .it could allow passion to grow and mature with time rather than fall away. Giving, all the ways of giving in a relationship are so beautiful when reciprocal and, like a dance that is interwoven and one strenthens and supports the growth and potential of the other because as the spirit of one soars, it is the ideal for the other. To uplift, empassion, embrace the soul as well as the body, these are some of the ideals that I see in a special relationship. One more thing they must play as well like children naked in a field who have forgotten all the rules

Children naked in a field who have forgotten all the rules. I realized last night as we sat, dinned and laughed for hours.... That is the key to life, love and what we hold dear.

And as you held my hand last night during dinner, you were actually holding my heart.

What ever may become of us... I will love you with all the heart and soul that a friend is allowed to do...

Angels on your pillow "S"....

Kiss "E" for me. and maybe one day I will be honored to meet here.

.In here words....

"Momy Tired"

 
At 9:45 PM, Blogger TheatreGroupNYC said...

Rounding page 10.... S.

Heading towards intermission.

I am at Starbucks at the corner, look west at the corner.

I'll keep the light on for you.

Your full script/draft by the 10th. wanna have it read on B way by May.

Call the bigshots, check book in hand. B way bound.

The Name... Your thoughts?

Horozontal Love....

 
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