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Slush Reading, Seuss Style

Slush I Read
by Jim C. Hines

(Apologies to Seuss)

I read slush.
Slush I read.

That slush I read.
That slush I read!
I do not like that slush I read.

Do you like fanfic with vamps?

I do not like them Mary Sue.
Why do these vamps all worship you?

Here’s a tale from D & D!

I do not want your D & D.
I do not like your elf PC.
I can not stand your purple prose.
I want to punch you in the nose!

Would you like a hot sex scene?
I wrote it for my online ‘zine!

I do not like your pervy tale.
Your metaphors make readers pale.
Your paragraphs are pages long.
Your bad sex scene is oh so wrong!
Can people do that with their lips???
I do not like your manuscripts.

This one is in Comic Sans!
My parents are my biggest fans.

That evil font we do not want!
My aching eyes, my weary sighs.
Why can’t you get the format right?
We post our guidelines in plain sight!
I will not read your 8-point type.
I want to bash you with a pipe!

Would you read this in the loo?
Let me slide it right to you!

I would not, could not, while I poo!

You just hate me ’cause I’m new!
I’m too original for you!

Too original you say?
This book is one absurd cliché!
It should not see the light of day.

I do not like your Mary Sues.
I do not like your crackhead muse.
Eve and Adam, Star Trek slash,
Tolkien ripoffs, pointless trash,
Prologues forty pages long,
Spelling every third word wrong.
I do not want to read this slush.
It’s all too much, my brain is mush!

Just one more story for today.
Soon I’ll clear this slush away.
No more vampires, I pray.

Wait–
This cover letter’s brief.
The format’s clean.  What a relief!

Say!
This story from the slush.
This story gives me such a rush.
These pages have a brilliant hook.
I want to read it in a book!
The wordcraft makes me start to swoon.
Is that the end? It came too soon!
I read it one time, two times, three!
It is so good, so good you see!

So I will read the slush again.
And wade through drafts by Twilight fen.
And I will read the pointless plots,
And tales of busty blonde sexbots.
And I will read your pissed off mail.
And I will read it without fail.
Yes I will read slush by the bale
So I can find that next great tale.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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wldhrsjen3
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hee! I love this. :)
msisolak
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
I love it!
sajina
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:36 pm (UTC)
I really like it :D
jimhines
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
Hmph. The other commenters said they *loved* it.

::Egotistical pout::
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bondo_ba
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:41 pm (UTC)
This is brilliant. It reminded me somewhat of Asimov's trio of poems, "On Rejection".

Every writer who's ever survived a slushpile is eternally grateful to the writers of erotic vampire fiction for making a hard road just a little easier. Thanks for immortalizing them!
realmjit
Sep. 23rd, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
/me takes her erotic vampire fiction and hides.
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jimhines
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)

My favorite was always reading Fox in Socks to my kids. It's even more tongue twistery than most of Seuss' stuff, and made for a fun challenge.
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eljaydaly
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:45 pm (UTC)
Bravo!

That's hysterical, and brilliant. Well done! Thanks for the laugh.
editormum
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
Awesome Jim! Just what I needed at the tail (I wrote TALE then!) end of my slush reading for Spec Fic for Kids. Thank you!
jimhines
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Did I accurately capture the slush-reading experience? :-)
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temporus
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
You win the Intarwebz.

It is yours for the rest of the day.
hitnrunheretic
Sep. 23rd, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
I second this motion.
tsubaki_ny
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:51 pm (UTC)
*applause*
comrade_cat
Sep. 23rd, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
ROTFLOL.

Lips & Manuscripts is a great rhyme - begging for reuse in a love poem, maybe?
mllelaurel
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:07 pm (UTC)
Ah, this brings back wonderful memories. Mostly of drug trips, anarchists and bad porn.
jadesfire55
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
That's fantastic. Thanks for brightening my day!
controuble
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
*picks self up off floor*

Now that I am enough done laughing to be able to type again, what brought this on? Are you judging a writer's contest?
jimhines
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
I'm not, actually. I've had minimal slush experience, personally, and I don't really know where this one came from. Just something I started playing with yesterday :-)
mela_lyn
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
That was awesome!!! Do you know Douglas Cohen? His lj used to be 'slushmaster'... he'd LOVE this. :)
jimhines
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I do. He's passed a few of my stories along to Shawna. I'll ping him on this :-)
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celtic_catgirl
Sep. 23rd, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I am highly amused. Had to send a link to my sister who is in the process of writing her first book.
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