I just now sent a short piece of writing to an unnamed destination. I have a better chance of spontaneously erupting in flames than of being accepted. If all the other writers who think they're even a little amusing should suddenly drop dead, and if absolutely none of the remaining not-so-funny writers in the entire universe sends in a submission for the next eighteen to twenty-four months, my chances may increase by .01 of a percentage point. You see what I'm saying.
So why did I engage in this pointless exercise? I did it because e-mail makes it too. damn. easy. If I'd had to print it, put it in an envelope with a SASE, address the envelope, drive to the post office, get out of the car, put money in the meter, affix the correct amount of postage, and drop it in the mailbox, this never would have happened.
My interior monologue (should you be interested in such things) went something like this:
Oh, la, la, la, la, this is kinda funny. Hey, I should send this to that place. Funny, funny! Dang, how'd I get so funny? Lemme just check out the site again. Oh, la, la, la, la, yes! It fits right in. I should really send it. Just need to spellcheck. Is "paper clip" one word or two? Bomp, boop, boom! All done. Hit 'send.' *hits 'send'* Oh my God! Why did I do that? Why? You Idiot! Idiot! Idiot!
So, yeah. That's the problem with e-mail submissions.
P.S. Like Gura, I've finally bid a vaguely fond adieu to Comment This (but what a bummer to lose all my old comments!) and am going with Blogger's built-in. Unlike Gura, I am not clever enough to properly delete my Comment This code without everything being shot to hell, so I went ahead and changed my template. Blue's not really my color, but I'll work with it. Will take me awhile to get my links back up...