Jan 30, 2013

What if I Said that Octopi Have Wings

There was a little girl named Contraire who pulled rabbits out of thin air... Well, no. She didn't.

There was a little girl named Contraire who always agreed with you, no matter what you said. Suicides, drunks and old carnies flocked to her like bewildered sheep.

The Charmer
by Kozyndan
Things I noticed/realized today:

1. The W. W. Norton tumblr brings you six starting lines from books out January 28. None strike me as particularly brilliant. But at least there's this:

"It was a fitful start to the most ambitious venture ever launched in Antarctica."
Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts. Geez, $28 for a book. I'm not sure what kind of game WWN are playing. More about Alone on the Ice right here.

Less-than-stellar writing gets published all the time. That doesn't mean you shouldn't deploy all your powers as a writer -- poetic and linguistic.

A raw egg is a thing of beauty, but it doesn't taste very good.

2. Four days ago Porter Anderson wrote about an emerging picture of the literary agent as impresario. Not only is Anderson's piece all a-shimmer with tasty, French & Italian words, but it also spells out a vision for agents in a world where self-publishing has come to stay. 

Writers can be rock stars if you let them spend more time fingering the fretboard and less time... Hmm, fingering the fretboard. My mind's in the gutter, it seems.

3. Satanists advocate school prayer. No comment from the Church of Satan. Let these guys take care of it, eh?

4. That's it. Put on bouncy tune, exit stage left.

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