Over at Shooting Suburbia we have the final post of the "My Neighborhood" series, and unlike the previous few posts, there is no really witty creative nonsense attached to the captioning.
Over here, we have a few random musings for a refreshing change of pace.
I got my first rejection this past week. Not that I was surprised because after I'd mailed it out, I did a little surfing of the Query Tracker website and found out that particular agent was in a top ten list of most queried agents. But it was interesting to get a badly copied form letter. I mean, I understand the need to streamline the process when you reject a particular writer's effort (heck, who hasn't developed a process to streamline a particular tedious issue) but a little effort in presenting a professional product can go a long way in leaving a decent impression on the rejected writer.
And as I like to frequently do, I try to keep a certain number of items circulating in whatever process I'm trying to do, which in this case is querying. So yesterday (4/8), I mailed out another query package to another agent, which make 4 queries back in circulation again. Interesting thing about this particular agent is that even though she does both snail mail and e-mail queries, she has a policy of "no response means no" when it comes to snail mail queries.
For further details, please check out my Submissions for Line 21 link. For those of you who are receiving this via the e-mail or reader, you'll have to click on through to access it.
As most of you know, I have a very eclectic blog reading list. Last week while I was perusing one of them, I came across this curious tidbit that I would like to share with everyone.
I'm sure that everyone has heard of that fantastic fun filled controversial website called "Wikileaks". Well, believe it or not, some jerk has created one for the adult entertainment industry called "Porn Wikileaks".
The person with this website apparently has such a low opinion of the adult entertainment industry that he/she is willing to risk serious criminal charges in order to get his/her point across. It's bad enough that this person is releasing the real names of the people who are/were performing in the business (thus potentially hurting the person who made the choice to participate in the business in more ways that you can probably imagine) but they're also releasing confidential medical information about those people as well.
Whatever your opinion of the adult entertainment industry may be, you will have to admit that releasing confidential medical information about a person is a criminal offense. Not only are there state laws banning the inappropriate use of confidential medical information but there are federal laws as well (all courtesy of HIPAA).
People make personal choices about a myriad of things every day, and choosing to work in the adult entertainment industry is about as personal as one can get. Why then should they be singled out for punishment for making a conscious and well informed decision that makes some people queasy?
It is indeed a sad thing where one's life can be destroyed simply because someone else doesn't agree with your choice of employment or lifestyle (although certain lifestyles are not by choice but by genetics).