Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I'm Schrodinger's Cat


Welcome to Digressuary 6

What the heck am I on about Schrodinger's Cat for? Because of course it is first Wednesday, and therefore the day we have Insecure Writers Support Group. And I'm feeling... perhaps insecure...


See, it's like this...

No, lemme back up. What is Schrodinger's Cat?

Schrodinger was a mean rotten scientist that liked to make people imagine horrible things for the purpose of stretching their wee brains philosophically.

It goes something like this:

There is a cat in a box with some radio active something something poison something and there is exactly equal likelihood that the poison has or has NOT released and killed the cat... well philosophically, instead of saying there was equal probability, this nut wants us to think BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW, the cat is alive and dead at the same time. Both possibilities exist.


What does that have to do with me?

One word: ABNA. Okay, that's an acronym. Five words: Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest.

Right now we are ONE WEEK away from hearing if our pitches passed us to the next round. Chances are my pitch has been read... I am both alive and dead right now.

Of course in the grand scheme of the contest, only 5 of 10,000 get prizes, so probably I am headed for certain death, but I might live a little longer yet... long enough to go for a walk...


ALSO this week: I sent 5 queries... those are on top of the 7 I think I still have 'out there'. Most likely am dead on those. Odds aren't nearly as good as living another week in the ABNA contest...

But see... the thing of it is, unlike Schrodinger's poor cat, we can play this thing over and over and over... until we live!!!

So LIVE friends! LIVE! Even if you have to die a bunch of times first! Erm...



19 comments:

M.J. Fifield said...

High five for an awesome Monty Python reference!

Schrodinger's Cat is a fantastic description of the waiting game we play.

Best of luck with the ABNA and your queries.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

The waiting game is the worst part of the process! Good luck with ABNA, Hart. :)

Nicki Elson said...

Ooh, excellent analogy. It does feel like being alive and dead at the same time. Here's hoping you rip out of that box like the angry kitteh.

Carolyn Abiad said...

LOVE this! *share*

Jill Haugh said...

Heavens.
Well ...5 out of 10,000 isn't too bad.
I have a question: If you are the cat, is the agent/publisher the cyanide, or the person outside the box?
Who/What then is your MS?

Funny post Hart. You crack me up.
(So then, are you now the hammer?)
I'll stop now.
~Just Jill

Teresa Coltrin said...

Good luck on the ABNA. That's the way it is when we're waiting on news: alive or dead? That's the question.

RaShelle Workman said...

I like it, Hart!!! Good luck on your querying and ABNA. You are alive, and you are awesome!!!

Alison DeLuca said...

Live, friends, Live!

I love it.

M. J. Joachim said...

That is just amazing! I'm still stuck on your diagram at the top of this post!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Hart ... I've never looked too closely at Schroedinger's cat - always been slightly worried by the whole concept!!

Good luck with that ABNA .. yet you'll live to fight another day .. so keep enjoying today!

Cheers Hilary

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great analogy! Yes, the cat eventually dies, but we do not.
And yes, very cruel thing to do to a cat. And pointless.

VR Barkowski said...

Good luck with ABNA, and congratulations on the agent request for a full (apparently I'm stealing from Facebook to pay Blogger here).

Anyway, love the Schrodinger analogy. Totally fits...Damned sadomasochists.

~VR Barkowski

Helena said...

Poor kitty croaks in Schrodinger's theory.

Good luck on your queries and of course on ABNA.

j welling said...

My Dear Hart -

Here is hoping that your outcome lives in the high-probabilistic universe, the best of all possible universes.

Ignore the man in the corner. He's merely a gravity shadow from an extremely low probability universe here to feed the cats. Yes, my entire life purpose now seems to be distilled to "the guy who buys the cat food" at my house - at least, if you ask the pets spending their days languidly basking on my couch.

Trisha F said...

You seem to have good luck with ABNA with most of the rounds, so maybe this year you will take it one step further than usual. Fingers are crossed for you!

I entered ABNA too, but really all I am hoping for is that we get a free proof copy. I don't know if they still do that though...

historywriter said...

Here's to you, Hart.

Tammy Theriault said...

monty python rocks!! i'm all for having multiple lives...oh yeah!

Tina said...

Did not know that not only was this a Big Bang Theory reference, but also Monty Python makes you even more amazing than before...
So here's to being dead and alive at the same time. Good luck in the contest, and the queries, and may you live at least 9 lives...

Tina @ Life is Good
Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge
@TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

Carol Riggs said...

Yessss! Keep trying til you live!!! Haha, love that last photo of the "very angry" Schrodinger's cat. :)