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  •  What an awful loss (12+ / 0-)

    For you, for her, for everyone who loved her.  I hope you know this community is here for you.

    I was reading Dylan Thomas today, and ran across a reference to a crested grebe.  Those sneaky grebes, they're everywhere!

    Opening line of my unpublished courtroom drama, Best Interests:

    The woman had died reaching for the doorknob.
    Opening of my also-unpublished science fiction too-short-for-a-novel, too-long-for-a-novella thingamabob, Flight of the Cosmic Turkey:
    Thanks to recent advances in technology, my floatcar can self-navigate, adjust for traffic, and insult my outfit – but it still can’t find me a decent parking space.  If it could, I might have avoided the whole mess.
    Opening of my semi-literary novel-in-short-stories, Lost in Translation:
    Control-freak men.  I love 'em.
    And the opening of a maybe-gonna-finish-it-someday dystopian science fiction novel.  Don't have a title yet, but you get bonus points if you know why the working title is Culture Shock:
    The prime suspect in the SolCorp warehouse robbery walked into Augustine Gianni’s party with one lover on each arm.  On the left, Matt wore a tuxedo with a tie that stayed askew no matter how many times he tugged at it. On the right, Kezia flowed like molasses in a silver gown and heels.  And in the middle, Jordan Graham looked almost androgynous in a knee-length tunic and pants in dark blue.

        Augustine’s assistant Carl moved fast, but Augustine got there first.  “What are you doing here?”

        “You told me to stay where you could keep an eye on me.”  Jordy held out both hands.  “Here I am.”

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:01:55 PM PDT

    •  that's one of the things (7+ / 0-)

      I really love about this crowd: "I was reading Dylan Thomas today."

      There are distressingly few places in the world these days where someone will say that as part of an ordinary conversation. Even fewer where everyone hearing/reading the comment will have read Dylan Thomas, too.

      I like the "died reaching for the doorknob," but a name would ratchet up the punch level. "Agnes Fiddlesticks died etc."

      There is no question that there is an unseen world. The problem is, how far is it from Midtown and how late is it open? -- Woody Allen

      by Mnemosyne on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 08:55:28 PM PDT

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      •  Heh. Too true. (5+ / 0-)

        Our local dump has an annual Book Recycling Week (which every dump should have-- it's an all-week give-and-take free-for-all).... Anyways this woman hauls a box out of her SUV; I say "Ooh! Is that a set of Thackeray? I haven't read all of Thackeray yet."

        She looked at me like I was insane.

        (The people who bring huge hauls of books to the dump tend to be people who have come into possession of them accidentally and can't figure out what you're supposed to do with the damn things.)

        -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

        by SensibleShoes on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:53:29 AM PDT

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    •  Tara, I love (4+ / 0-)

      Flight of the Cosmic Turkey.  Are you sure you can't tighten it or cut a subplot or something so that it's short enough for one of the digests?  I'm thinking F&SF but don't know who's editing it these days.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:55:01 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you. (3+ / 0-)

      I'm thinking about your too-short/too-long SF thing... it's really the kind of thing that these days gets self-published as an e-book.

      But not yet. Write something else, write it to sell, acquire a whole slew of fans (other than all of us here of course) and then self-publish it as as an e-book.

      Otherwise you risk using up your name.

      -9.0, -8.3 "Remember, a writer writes. Always." --Throw Momma from the Train

      by SensibleShoes on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:46:25 AM PDT

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