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"And I did cartwheels in your honour."

An entire journal entry in one sentence (this prefatory declaration notwithstanding), accomplished by the judicious use of punctuation and whatnot:

Cold and sunny today after a wild and windy night (gusts of 50-60 mph), but yesterday, I wrote another 1,232 words on "Another Tale of Two Cities" and found THE END of this very short short story (I can't really call it a vignette, sensu stricto), which Spooky likes and continues to compare to Dr. Seuss, specifically The Lorax (1971), even though...well, if you subscribe to Sirenia Digest and get #72, you'll see, and if not...not; and though I did say what I said yesterday about moving to Dreamwidth, and though much of my LJ was backed-up to Dreamwidth last year, I do not currently look at or use that blog, so following it is very premature; yet, it is not premature to mention, once again, that Subterranean Press is now taking pre-orders for Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart; later, before attempting sleep last night (and other feats of daring do), I read a halfway decent story by Michael Marshall Smith, "Sad, Dark Thing" (the title's the best part); too, I would be remiss not to remind my Rift "guildies" that tonight, 10 p.m. EST, is RP, and yes, that is an icon of Leeloominaï Lekatariba Lamina-Tchaï Ekbat De Sebat; lastly (though far from leastly) let it be noted that today is the 31st anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, and, therefore, the extinguishing of one of the greatest minds and brightest lights of the 20th Century.

In Brevity,
Aunt Beast


( 23 comments — Have your say! )
Dec. 8th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
But *damn* you are talented. I can't even imagine how badly I would have screwed up that string of prose.
Dec. 8th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)

I can't even imagine how badly I would have screwed up that string of prose.

And I did it with one hand, and one eye!
Dec. 8th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
She's learned from greats...like Harlan Ellison, who once wrote a one-and-a-half-page-long sentence when he had to write a last-minute replacement "Glass Teat" column around 1970. I immediately thought of that when I started reading this. Writing can be nimble, can't it?
Dec. 8th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Brava on the brevity.

I'm intrigued by you doing Suess.
Dec. 8th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)

I'm intrigued by you doing Seuss.

Thing is, I'm not doing Seuss. It only, apparently, and I think strangely, put Spooky in mind of Suess. She says it "Seussian."
Dec. 8th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Having said that, I'd've liked to hear that talk on "Suess as Weird Fiction".
Dec. 8th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)

I'd've liked to hear that talk on "Suess as Weird Fiction".

It was actually rather cool.
Dec. 8th, 2011 08:11 pm (UTC)
Is the RP scene still on tonight in Rift? I am hoping I will not be interrupted by dogs (as generally happens), but I'm just making sure there were not any changes.
Dec. 8th, 2011 08:18 pm (UTC)

Is the RP scene still on tonight in Rift?

YES! 10 pm EST (11 CaST). And a cleric named Dancy enters the story, discovered by Shaharrazad.
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oops, I missed that being in the original post. I was dizzy and out of breath from the slurry of words. Textual brainfreeze.
Dec. 8th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC)

Textual brainfreeze.

Good concept.
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
In Brevity

God bless the semicolon!
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:20 pm (UTC)

God bless the semicolon!

Fuckin' A.
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
What changed? I thought you were very unhappy about something with dreamwidth. And I'd be sorry to see you move.
Dec. 8th, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC)

What changed? I thought you were very unhappy about something with dreamwidth.

I hate the owners of Dreamwidth, yes. I am looking at serveral services, but, so far, DW is the best.
Dec. 8th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
The Fifth Element is great fun, and my favorite example of why one should clear one’s mind of expectations before seeing a movie. The coincidences of timing are completely unbelievable if you’re expecting an action film, but they’re perfect for a fairy tale.
Dec. 8th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)

I think too many people don't go in expecting a comedy, with TFE.

But yeah, one of my favorite films of the '90s. I saw it 9 times in the theatre (seriously).
Dec. 8th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
I ordered the soundtrack as soon as I got home from the theater.
Dec. 8th, 2011 10:41 pm (UTC)

I bought it in a CD shop somewhere in Athens, GA. Eric Serra!
Dec. 8th, 2011 11:29 pm (UTC)
Next: a journal entry in one word!

(Oh, bad ideas are so much fun. "I've got a lot of good ideas. Trouble is, most of them suck." - George Carlin)

(Though had I been writing movie reviews when the film version of Hannibal came out, I would've been tempted to write a one-word review: "Ugh.")
Dec. 8th, 2011 11:58 pm (UTC)

Next: a journal entry in one word!

I could do it.
Dec. 9th, 2011 06:30 am (UTC)
Pre-ordered my Confessions of a Five-Chambered Heart yesterday!
Dec. 9th, 2011 04:21 pm (UTC)
She shoots, she semi-colons,
- and the audience goes wild!

Michael Marshall Smith wrote one of my favorite eerie, sad (in keeping with the title of the story you mentioned) short stories, "That Was Then, This Is Now." I'm guessing you read "Sad, Dark Thing" in A Book of Horrors, since that also has one of your stories in it...? The ToC certainly has me intrigued; I'll have to see if I can find the anthology somewhere.
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