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Addendum: a different sort of meme

I just got this from sovay. It's actually about something, though obviously it's only going to appeal to writers. I thought it would be easy at first, but then I got to thinking about how different my stuff now is from the stuff I was writing in the early and mid-nineties, and I see it's not easy at all.

Ten ways to tell you’re reading one of my stories:

01) The as-it-suits-my-mood-and-needs approach to "standardized" English grammar. This is much less true of newer stories.

02) People wear Doc Martens. Well, again, this mostly applies to my older stories, where there's an inordinate fondness for Docs. You know, back before the outsourcing, when they were made in England.

03) The unsympathetic characters. Oh, it's true. Ask most any Amazon.com "reviewer."

04) The lack of "accessibility." Again, it must be true. I hear it all over the web. I just can't seem to care, which is reasonable, as I deny the validity of the so-called "reader-writer contract." Perhaps I should include my penchant for unresolved situations in this category.

05) Unruly drunks with hearts of gold. Schizophrenics. Addicts of all stripes. Crazy girls you either love or hate.

06) Ghouls, "stick dogs," and giant red wolves.

07) Charles Fort quotes.

08) Dream sequences, or scenes that might be dreams.

09) Allusions to paleontology, deep time, geology, fossils, trilobites, ancient life, etc.

10) Allusions to the ocean, all things nautical and maritime, or to vast subterranean spaces, or both.

Well, I probably could have gone to twenty. Someday, I will meet the perfect meme, and we'll marry (against Spooky's wishes) and have lots of little baby memes...

Oh. Have I mentioned the letter Z auction?

Comments

( 6 comments — Have your say! )
mellawyrden
Jan. 22nd, 2006 12:11 am (UTC)
please... don't say "sticks dogs"....

*shudder*
stsisyphus
Jan. 22nd, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
02) People wear Doc Martens.

Which is interesting, since I think you mentioned recently that you yourself were wearing Chucks. I believe there lies a dualistic relationship between Chucks and Docs, tho'.

07) Charles Fort quotes.

And VNV Nation quotes.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
Which is interesting, since I think you mentioned recently that you yourself were wearing Chucks. I believe there lies a dualistic relationship between Chucks and Docs, tho'.

Yeah, the Chucks are a new thing. I only just got them this past summer. Before that, I was almost exclusively Docs.
sovay
Jan. 22nd, 2006 03:27 am (UTC)
07) Charles Fort quotes.

Don't forget William Blake and Lewis Carroll. (Thank strange_selkie; I got the meme from her.)
greygirlbeast
Jan. 22nd, 2006 05:36 am (UTC)
Don't forget William Blake and Lewis Carroll.

Wow. Yeah. The frelling "Lobster Qaudrille" surely should have been on the list, though I suppose it qualifies as something nautical, so it's already included in #10.
sovay
Jan. 22nd, 2006 11:40 am (UTC)
You can give it #11 all on its own.
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