Monday, May 12, 2008

It was a normal day...

...until I discovered that a new lady moved in my complex and she has a pug named Bruce. When she asked the name of my pug, I hesitated. It's such a big mess to say "Telemachus." People never say, "That's cute." They say, "What the hell does that mean? Why would you name a dog that? Do you actually call him that?" Anyway, I wanted to make up a new name for Telemachus. I want Bruce to like him and all. Telemachus doesn't have many pug friends. I almost said, "Fred" or "David," but I couldn't lie. Only time will tell if Bruce is allowed to be friends with a hooligan named Telemachus.

When I returned home and checked my email, I found out that New York Quarterly is taking a poem of mine. That has always been a dream magazine of mine. I'm so happy that I don't even care if my neighbors think I'm strange. I mean, who names their dog Bruce, right?

14 comments:

Frank (the Colt) said...

That's awesome. High five! :)

Marissa said...

Congratulations on the poem!! Also, I love the name Telemachus. I think it fits him perfectly.

Penultimatina said...

Yay! Which poem?

Jennifer Sullivan said...

Thanks. The poem is called "Valentine."

Jennifer said...

Congratulations. :) Also, Telemachus is a way cooler name than Bruce.

Karen J. Weyant said...

Who does name a dog Bruce? (Says someone who has a cat named Tony)

Congrats on the publication!

Whisper Shifter said...

Nice job dude!

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations on the poem's acceptance.
Does Telemachus have a nick name?

Jennifer Sullivan said...

Thanks everyone:)

Elizabeth-No, I pretty much just call him Telemachus, but sometimes I make up silly little names like punkin, chubbly wubbly, and ridiculous things like that.

Amy said...

Congrats Jen! I miss you.

Jennifer Sullivan said...

Amy...I miss you so much. I absolutely have to see you before I leave. Don't make any plans for June 7th, okay?

Maggie May said...

i am obsessed with the naming of things and people and animals- i love it, and might have twenty children just to name each one. we just acquired three kittens and they are Harry, Hagrid and Hermione.

i love your dogs name

and congrats on NYQ that is a HUGE deal!!!

...love Maegan said...

our black french bulldog is named LeRoy and an african american man moved in next door. his name is LeRoy. It's a bit awkward.

Our pug's name is Bebop though. He would like Telemachus :)

M. C. Allan said...

All pugs should have bold, impressive names to help them feel better about being small and pudgy. "Telemachus" is right up there. "Jagger," "Blade," or "Thor" would be other good pug options.

My husband and I have a gangsta rap band (in our minds) which is called Pugz fa Life and is made up of tough pugs. Some of their albums include "Weein' in Da Hood," "Stone Cold Puggin'" and "Lift Yo' Legs: The Pugz Salute Snoop Dogg."

Hey, dog people are crazy. That's why they're awesome.