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My friend, Tyler Tork, reads slush for Stupefying Stories.  He wrote a rant entitled "Slushy Slush" about why submitted stories often fail.  

What I get are the things that start out in such a way that they are at least plausibly publishable. If you know how to spell and put together a sentence, if your paragraphs scan, if you don’t use dozen adjectives in the first page (or “scintillatingly” even once), then I’m likely to see your stuff. 

Scintillatingly?  My one prior association with that word was in a spelling bee in the fourth grade.  I've never used that word in a piece of writing (prior to this blog post) ever.  Now this word is stuck in my head.  I have a perverse desire to use it but I can't even imagine any sentence with this word that would not be laughable.  

Help me get this out of my system.  Please.




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Feb. 23rd, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
"The local vampires are scintillatingly ontological," Greemwocker said
Feb. 24th, 2012 01:43 am (UTC)
One of my fellow Clarionites formally buried the word "shudderingly" -- even after I pointed out that H. P. Lovecraft used the word on more than one occasion. :-D
Tyler Tork
Feb. 25th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, well if HP used it, that's different. They should've burned it instead.
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