Whaddaya mean, these things don’t write themselves?

Hmm, it seems my blog’s auto-pilot feature isn’t working as advertised. Or at all.

I’ve been imagining people coming over here, seeing that my blog is still celebrating Halloween several days after Thanksgiving, shaking their heads sadly and turning away, telling their friends how pitiful it all is.

Oh, the shame! The utter humiliation!

Um, okay, not really. I’ve been busy. Mostly writing, but other things too. And I’ve been having a tough time concentrating on other, easier pieces of writing. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. Besides, all the blog topics I’ve considered recently are either ill-advised rants about insignificant things or epic treatises padded with complaints and whining. Yeah, I know, standard fare over here. But still.

So let’s indulge in something different. It’s the holiday season, a time for enjoying ourselves. At least, you all should be enjoying yourselves while I finish getting this so-called final draft ready for the stage in the writing process called Soliciting Feedback, where we break out the tar and feathers and set up the pillory in the town square.

I’m looking forward to it. Really. Mostly because I’m not yet looking back on it.

This video by writer David Kazzie has been circulating on Twitter and it’s very funny. It made me snort. Then it made me laugh. Yes, out loud. Good thing it wasn’t around five or six years ago — I suspect I wouldn’t have grasped the humour at that point in my learning curve. The non-writers who visit over here are pretty savvy about the process, I hope you all find it amusing as well.

Script: © 2010 David Kazzie. All rights reserved.

If this is your first exposure to an Xtranormal video, you should go visit their site. Hilarity ensues over there on a regular basis. If all else fails, I think it might be a great way to publish. Yes?


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8 responses to “Whaddaya mean, these things don’t write themselves?

  1. Realistic characters, good plot, not enough sex but loads of potential violence. Plus, not one single sparkly vampire.

    I approve.


  2. Last night one of my coworkers told me a lame story about something that happened that was so dull my brain has since erased it to make room for more diologue from “Futurama”, and when he was done he said, “And you should put that in your book.”

    Oh you mean the book that’s already finished? The novel that has nothing to do with what you were just talking about except it has horses and carriages in it? THAT book? Sure, right away.


  3. Merry, I agree, it needs at least 2.5 sex scenes. *snort* A few writers I know have put actual scenes from their books into Xtranormal and posted the results. Absolutely hilarious.

    Don’t you just love those helpful suggestions, SD? My son once told me he wanted to be a character in my book. “C’mon, mom, it’d be cool. I could be the bad guy.” Um, no.


  4. People who ask to be in our books have no idea how wicked we can be.


  5. me

    I know a few people like that. Unfortunately.

    Put ’em in the book and kill ’em off in various creative and gruesome ways. “Yeah, Pete, I took your suggestion and made you a character in the book. See, here on page 107, you’re the clueless tourist on African safari who gets trampled in the water buffalo stampede during rutting season.” (Violence, and sex! It has it all!)


  6. rssasrb

    Snort. Very funny. I LOL too.
    When I was doing research at the museum on the island where current novel is set, the docent asked if it would be finished and published by spring so they could sell it when the museum reopens for the season.
    Uh, no.
    I was good. I didn’t fall on the floor laughing hysterically.


  7. But RSS, at least they want to sell it! Apparently they don’t know about the sex and violence. Might increase traffic in the museum shop, though…

    WP changed the theme over here and I’m trying to decide whether I like it. It’s pretty much the same, I guess. Seems kind of bland. Maybe I’ll experiment.


  8. Huh. Either WP has a random colour pattern thing going on, or MY comments are blue.