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October 18th, 2008
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Dear James K. Huggins: Thank you for your paper submission to SIGCSE 2009. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept your submission ...

Frak. Double-frak. (Swearing isn't as fun when you're not allowed to swear.)

I really, really, really wanted this one.

This is the third time I've submitted a paper to SIGCSE, and the third time it was rejected. The first two papers I submitted were, quite frankly, pretty bad, and the reviews that I got helped me to beef up the papers so I could submit it to a different conference (where it was accepted). But I thought this one had a shot.

The reviews basically said that the paper was well-written and well-sourced, but as a philosophical piece wasn't anything new. Even though it addressed the theme of the conference.

The SIGCSE folks do a really good job ... honestly, they do.  And the conference has an acceptance rate of about 33%, so I have about 200 colleagues who are just as disappointed as I am.

But ... dammit, I wanted this one so badly I could taste it.

They've given me a week to see if I want to turn it into a poster presentation.  After I get over it, I might just do that.  But it's not the same.
 

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From:wibble42
Date:October 18th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
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... surely swearing is even *more* fun when you're not allowed to? ;-)

More on topic - sorry to hear your paper was rejected. Maybe it wasn't what they wanted - you just can never tell what editors/conference organizers want even if they give specific guidelines - maybe they already had a similar piece to yours that simply beat it out time-wise or some such.

As you told me with my panel - it's not a personal slight (even though it feels like it), it's just that particular project wasn't quite what they were looking for. And there's nothing to be done about that but try, try again.
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From:jkhuggins
Date:October 18th, 2008 05:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the encouragement. I definitely thought about your panel when I was blogging it.

It's definitely nothing personal. I just had a helpful response from one of the program chairs, and it looks like it just didn't fit this time around. Which I can totally get.

But I'm realizing how much I really wanted this one, and I gotta just work my way through the disappointment and get back at it.

"I'll get you next time, Batman! ..."
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From:jkhuggins
Date:October 18th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
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Oh, completely, yeah.

It's just I've had a pretty bad 72 hours in that respect ... lots of mostly little things going awry. (My wife and I had an absolutely disastrous night at our bridge league ... enough screw-ups on both of our sides to make for a miserable evening.) It'd be nice if something I tried actually, y'know, worked once in a while.

(And yes, that's a completely emotional and non-rational statement. But today I'm still working through the disappointment. Tomorrow should be better.)
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From:wildirishrose80
Date:October 18th, 2008 11:05 pm (UTC)
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aw. That totally stinks. I wish I knew what to say, other than to suggest an evening of hot cider and cookie dough.
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From:jkhuggins
Date:October 18th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
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If I wasn't gaining weight already, I'd so be there ...
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From:wildirishrose80
Date:October 18th, 2008 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Okay, skip the cookie dough. we can at least have cider...

In all seriousness. I have no idea what they look for, so I won't be much use there...I'm more of a "watch a funny movie and distract people with snacks" type when something goes wrong.
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From:kimmyzilla
Date:October 21st, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry things have been so sour lately. I've been focusing exclusively on school lately and my relationship with the Lord has tanked as of late, so I have been pretty miserable too. I talked with Brittne yesterday and I ended up being really encouraged by Neh. 1:8-9 and Psalms 20: 7-8. Check them out! I hope they help.
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