We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Because I'm one of Those People Who Will Be Watching the Royal Wedding. Plus I'm keeping an eye on the gigantic storms across the South. A lot of my family is down there--so I'm sure that the swirl of taffeta and the blare of trumpets can wait a second or two. Cyber hugs to everyone with... Continue Reading →

Thursday Reviews: The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep by Raymond ChandlerMy rating: 3 of 5 starsThe trick to reading this with a straight face is to remember: This was First. Dames, gams, etc., are all Chandler's (and Hammett's). Today it's hard not to think of Dragnet and a whole host of other movies or books that make fun of this.... Continue Reading →

Random Post of Pity Me.

Hard drive crash. Will be using Shane's computer for the next week or so. Which is no big deal, right? Everything was backed up and all. But still. It's like driving someone else's car. Sure, every car has a turn signal and wipers and hand brakes and all. It's just not what you're used to.... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Wodehouse

P.G. Wodehouse is not someone that I studied in school. In fact, if it weren't for industriously reading friends, I wouldn't know his name at all. Why is that?I'll be straight: I don't know why. Without making broad negative assumptions about academia (which I don't want to make because I've learned a lot from there)... Continue Reading →

Formula Doesn’t Equal Easy

Humorists, like romance writers and, to some extent, mystery writers, catch some flak because, for whatever reason, it gives the impression of being 'easy'. Which, as anyone who has tried to write comedy knows, it isn't. Why would people think it's easy?It occured to me as I was reading Comedy Writing Secrets by Mel Helitzer (I... Continue Reading →

Thursday Reviews: The Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. Wodehouse (A Mentor Review!)

The Luck of the Bodkins by P.G. WodehouseMy rating: 4 of 5 starsIf you're a fan of early cinema this book--originally published in 1935--is for you. There's plenty of in-jokes geared towards producers, nepotism, and actors. At one moment in the book I had to pause because Monty Bodkin (the Lucky Bodkin of the title)... Continue Reading →

Random Post of Awesomeness: Braggin on a Buddy and…Me!

Hey guys! I just got the great news that I won a copy of The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander over at Tracy Edward Wymer's blog. While I'm thrilled about winning the book, it's going to an important cause: Getting kids to read! Tracy's whole contest was geared toward getting it into the hands of... Continue Reading →

Fun With Lists…or Not Really…or Reading Like a Writer

Wodehouse, I don't think anyone will disagree, is a clever writer. There's a dryish wit that feeds his prose. British, yes? Yes.When Wodehouse describes a regular situation (man falls off bike) he conveys all the normal information like:1. If you're not careful, you can fall off your bike.2. Falling off the bike will hurt.3. A reader has empathy for... Continue Reading →

Humorous Storytellers–I Love ‘Em

Normally, I don't do funny writing.  I've tried to do some funny writing (or, at least, mildly laughable writing) but with mixed results. But I really, really, really super-enjoy reading it. And, because I've tried funny writing, I know how good the people who  write it successfully really are. I mean, I love a good tear-jerker,... Continue Reading →

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