Besides this blog, I also keep a private journal. There are two reasons why nobody will be able to read my journal. One, my handwriting. 😀 Two, it’s private. In the week I’ve been journaling longhand, I am starting to rediscover the beauty of using a pen to put words down on paper. It’s a very beautiful process. May God forgive me for not being more active in my life in creating a journal.
You’ve heard of shotgun weddings, right? Well, this story could result in a “jailhouse wedding”.
Seems that a Lapeer, Mich. couple are wanted by authorities on charges that they robbed the Lapeer County Bank and Trust on September 19. James L. Smith of the Flint Journal reports that 24 year-old Harold “Aaron” Holt and 23 year-old Elizabeth A. Bruman, who were living together, allegedly took an estimated $5,000. Detectives, according to Smith, learned that the couple allegedly used the stolen cash to purchase wedding rings, pay legal fees in a custody case and pay back rent.
Authorities always want a peaceful end to a fugitive search, and this is no exception. Smith also writes that Lapeer County Sheriff Ron Kalanquin has announced that if the suspects turn themselves in, he will allow them to get married in the jail.
Police also say a toy gun was used in the robbery, which tells me this couple was more desperate than criminal. Both, unfortunately, have criminal records.
Not condoning them, but I hope they are able to get their lives straightened out.
I encountered a problem recently that reminded me of a snag a few years ago when trying to contribute a short story to a science fiction magazine. They accept snail mail submissions only. The query and manuscript must be sent, along with an SASE, to the publisher. Depending on where you live and to where you’re sending it, you’re looking at at least three days before they receive it. When I asked the magazine about this, they stated that they don’t open attachments because of the concern about viruses. That’s fine and dandy, I suppose, but why not just accept submissions where the text is pasted into the e-mail itself?
There are two columns of mine, Richard’s Ramblings and My Two Shekels, that are submitted to clients by pasting into a text box. With this, why in late 2007 do some companies still prefer to live in the 20th century when it comes to submitting writing work?