10.24.2006

oh dear dog...again

Geeze, I was sure this was a memoir. Silly moi.

22 comments:

M. G. Tarquini said...

What's so unusual about trolling obituaries for character names? I do it all the time.

Chumplet said...

Now it's sooo much easier - troll the spam return addresses. Ya get some really interesting names there.

overdog said...

It actually sounds like a delightful book. I'm intrigued.

Daisy said...

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

Anonymous said...

They never asked my permission to use that quote from my letter.

Joe B., computer sales associate.

BuffySquirrel said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Kate Thornton said...

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.

writtenwyrdd said...

If you didn't look closely, you'd think that this was a genuine advertisement for a serious book on writing.

Anonymous said...

People! Can't you see that this is satire?? You're not supposed to like the metaphors and similes!

librisfb said...

Better than the phonebook or obituaries: http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/

Kim said...

In honor of Daisy's comment, which would have spelled the death of (yet)another keyboard.

My comment: A comment

Grendel's Dam said...

Thank you, anonymous. Obviously he should have labled it "a satiric novel" for those in need of a bigger clue gun.

Tattieheid said...

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.

Anonymous said...

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.

Writerperson said...

I thought it was very funny. All of it.

nice anonymous said...

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.

LindaBudz said...

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.

a certain sinclair said...

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.

Wassup said...

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?)

Anonymous said...

I like the way the book is framed, "chicken shit that I am".

Published Won

Anonymous said...

His writerly pose looks like a mugshot. Check out that cover. Check out that excerpt. Yeah, it's about writers all right.