Thursday, May 12, 2011

the sad demise of cross-hatching and moustaches and even cross-hatched moustaches


"I do not like your hat"

I had a story in an anthology that was launched last night. Of the 19 people I invited to the launch, only *two made it. After all, why would anyone want to go to an event around the corner with free booze and live music and comedy? I did tell some people, don’t feel obliged etc but I didn’t fucking mean it. Obviously

This is why books make the **best friends. They are easy to understand and we get along nicely and they take me to places like a dram shop in 19th century Paris or collecting candlenuts and breadfruit on some Polynesian island

I’m currently reading The Three Musketeers (new movie out soon). Somehow, it’s a children’s classic which means there are publishers who believe today’s child will read and understand a book in old fashioned English about political turmoil and romantic intrigues in 17th century France, 710 pages long. Optimistic!

I love it. Let me show you why

“Come, then, let us go,” said he. “Ladies, do not disturb yourselves; only give me time to kill this gentleman, and I will return and finish the second verse.”

* maybe I need lucky door prizes at my funeral?
**and frogs

16 comments:

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Free booze!

Blimey Squib, I would have flown to Freo for free booze.

squib said...

awww, thanks

Kettle said...

Squib I love such events and spend considerable time each week attending them (sometimes scoffing all the cheese straws when no-one's looking).

My two questions for you are:

1. Why wasn't I invited, and
2. Were there cheese straws?

patchouligirl said...

Parties are an excellent opportunity to rethink your friends as well.

I love to read books set in cold climates in Summer and warm climates in Winter, this applies to movies too. The best book I've read in recent years was "Shantaram" by Gregory Roberts, it's set in India and is a riveting read.

eat my shorts said...

That quote is freaking awesome. I want to find a man like that. But only if he doesn't wear tights. I'm not a fan of men in tights ("We're men...MANLY MEN...men in tights!" Aaahh, that's an awesome movie, I so need to watch it again, excuse me while I Youtube the song to get it out of my head now.)

Lewd Bob said...

I very much admire your e.e.cummings-style headline squib.

And your name, come to think of it.

Free booze? What ho!

Melba said...

Congratulations for inclusion in the anthology. Well done you.

I don't mind a man in tights.

squib said...

Even Blogger hates me

Kettle said...

Oh no! Squibby what has Blogger done with all the comments? Sheesh, and I really wanted to know if there were cheese straws.

squib said...

Hi Kettle - Blogger had a major meltdown

I'm afraid there were no cheese straws

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Blogger swallowed up my PSF post as well.

Damn you Blogger!

Damn you to Perth!!

Mr E Discharge said...

there are publishers who believe today’s child will read and understand a book in old fashioned English about political turmoil and romantic intrigues in 17th century France, 710 pages long. Optimistic!

I've heard that the new edition has Zombies!

Alex said...

Ramon: I'll bet you orchestrated the whole thing to cover up for not doing a PSF.

Squib: To echo the former sentiments of others; congratulations on the publication. I think you've also aptly demonstrated the dangers of reverse psychology.

Somehow, it’s a children’s classic which means there are publishers who believe today’s child will read and understand a book in old fashioned English about political turmoil and romantic intrigues in 17th century France, 710 pages long. Optimistic!

Looking at stuff from 30 years ago, it seems when a company wanted to make money selling licensed crap, they tended to target their fiction directly at children (presumably, relying on pester power to turn a profit). That's why, for adults, stuff like She-Ra and G.I. Joe comes off looking like semi-absurdist comedy genius. Nowadays, you hear about how children are more sophisticated and discerning (and I'm sure parents want to believe that) but I dunno. I get the feeling that a lot of this stuff is really aimed at younger adults who never grew out of it (many of whom, conveniently, have kids of their own). Of course, I've no idea how many of them would read it either.

Also, I hear the zombies in the new movie perform a hip-hop number.

maybe I need lucky door prizes at my funeral

I am totally stealing that idea for mine, too.

Mr E Discharge said...

Damn you Blogger!

Damn you to Perth!!


With respect, Ramon, I can't see how making Blogger angry will help matters.

Ramon Insertnamehere said...

Mr E, Blogger can bite my shiny metal arse.

And I did write a PSF Alex, I really did.

It had Father Ted references and everything.

Alex said...

Looks like all the missing comments have been regurgitated. Sadly, that PSF full of Father Ted references still appears to be MIA. Bloody Blogger, eh Ramon?