Where Miss Snark vented her wrath on the hapless world of writers and crushed them to sand beneath her T.Rexual heels of stiletto snark. The blog is dark--no further updates after 5/20/2007.
What's so unusual about trolling obituaries for character names? I do it all the time.
Now it's sooo much easier - troll the spam return addresses. Ya get some really interesting names there.
It actually sounds like a delightful book. I'm intrigued.
Thank you! I was starting to think that I was the only person in the world who thought putting "a novel" (lowercase only, please, we're literary) on the cover of novels was a needless pretension. Coming soon: The Joy of Cooking: A Cookbook and The New Oxford English Dictionary: A Dictionary
They never asked my permission to use that quote from my letter.Joe B., computer sales associate.
Here's another tip for the uninitiated--phone books are excellent sources for names. Ditto online census details. Don't tell everyone I told you, though; it's a trade secret.Sheesh.
I made it as far as the bit about the unsigned divorce papers and decided the main character was a moron not worthy of my repect. (I couldn't wait to sign mine!)Okay--I also read the bit on the leaky fountain pen. (Get a freakin' pencil then! Write!)Thank you, Miss Snark, for posting a warning against buying one of those this-is-a-waste-of-time books.I weep, weep for the dead trees.
The confused mental images of a three-day-old mackerel on the bed and the Camel or Dunhill or other kind of cigarette going through the eye of a frickin' needle were more than I could handle.
If you didn't look closely, you'd think that this was a genuine advertisement for a serious book on writing.
People! Can't you see that this is satire?? You're not supposed to like the metaphors and similes!
Better than the phonebook or obituaries: http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/
In honor of Daisy's comment, which would have spelled the death of (yet)another keyboard.My comment: A comment
Thank you, anonymous. Obviously he should have labled it "a satiric novel" for those in need of a bigger clue gun.
Am I reding the same link? the one I got was about some Wendall Newton's writing course and nothing about name generation or orbituries. Still amusing in a different way.
I'm very confused by this. It's a book review? It seems to be little more than a very long excerpt, which gives the impression it's for a real course. If it's totally fiction, are fiction readers (as opposed to would-be writers) interested in reading realistic-sounding advertisements for possibly scammy writing courses? Still confused.
I thought it was very funny. All of it.
Add me to the list of people who thinks this excerpt is hilarious. (The beginning was eerily reminiscent of the Classified section in Poets & Writers.) It also sounds sort of meta. And I like that kind of thing.
I liked it. I probably won't buy it, but I thought it was well done ... maybe a little too realistic for comfort ... and an interesting premise.
Well, I enjoyed reading it. It made me smile, it prompted me to think, to refect on my (our?)vanities. From what I read I would like to read more.
So did I, writerperson. In fact I was all set to thank Miss Snark for my daily chuckle. But I would have been the first to post, so held off to see what the rest of you people thought -- chicken shit that I am, haha.This is so obviously a satire. (Isn't it?)
I like the way the book is framed, "chicken shit that I am".Published Won
His writerly pose looks like a mugshot. Check out that cover. Check out that excerpt. Yeah, it's about writers all right.
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