As Bulldust is about to pull the plug on my piece, The Pencil Man, I wanted to take a moment to thank you guys for what you do. Whereas, many writers take offense at rejection, the truth is that constructive criticism is the most valuable information one can receive in order to improve one's craft. My only regret is that I cannot meet your team at a local pub and swap a few tall tales. The pencil man was a character on the streets of Jackson, MS., where I grew up in the 1950's and the initial scenes in the story are as I first saw him. The shock of a teen hearing about another side of life reflects a sheltered life many of us lead as kids in those days. I volunteered in a homeless mission for years in retirement. The characters running hooch were really guys I encountered who were in the drug trade, not something I could have seen in the 1950's. Thank you again for the valuable comments on my work. You run great enterprise, my friend. Many thanks for the ride.
The spirit of understanding that you have brought to the TQR table is exactly the reason I started this enterprise 17 years ago. It would be so good to have a pint with our staff and one such as you. I have one can of coors left in the fridge left over from my birthday 12 pack received last July which I will ritually raise in the air this evening and drink to you. Salud!