As I mentioned before my overall writing goal for 2010 didn’t work out so well: I actually finished fewer stories in 2010 than I did in 2009.
I got distracted by my desire to let my writing loosen up and express a bit of humor. I love it when a story can get me to laugh; in fact, I’m willing to forgive a lot of faults in a story that’s funny. I’ve long felt that the part of me that passes for a sense of humor was a part of me that wasn’t getting on the page. I’ve already been down several blind alleys trying to figure out how to do that.
So my overall goal for 2011 might as well be to get better at writing humor. And considering that this whole post is deathly dull, I already feel like a fool.
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Terry Pratchett are good for taking a break, and Men At Arms is just about right for a “hang up your brain and read” kind of book.
In the course of checking out my story on Spaceports and Spidersilks, I had fun reading the other stories. I particularly enjoyed “Jack and the Hot Doughnut Stalk,” by Scottie Watkins.
Unlike Stross’s “Palimpsest,” I can understand why “Recalculating,” by Tina Connolly uses second person. Like “Directions,” the story is told by a GPS system, giving such directions as:
Show them your spinach and the guard will let you in.
One nice thing about my iTouch is that I can carry it outside and play in the garden while catching up on listening to fun stories like “Sleepy Joe,” by Marc Laidlaw. This amusing story got a fabulous reading on Escape Pod.
The remaining Hugo stories have given me a lot to think about, but you know what? I’m tired of thinking. The meat between my ears is tired. So tonight I recommend taking a break and reading “They’re Made Out of Meat,” by Terry Bisson.
Is Readercon more fun than a barrel of dinosaurs? Don’t answer that. Read or listen to “Let Us Now Praise Awesome Dinosaurs,” by Leonard Richardson first and enjoy the episodic adventures of two dinosaurs from Mars.
Ever since I stumbled on “Wikihistory” I’ve had my eye open for more stories by Desmond Warzel. This time, I’m in the middle of reading the Hugo nominees, and I’m feeling the same sense of relief just getting a good laugh out of stumbling on “On a Clear Day You Can See All the Way to Conspiracy.”
I’m finding stories I like again, but not yet from the Hugo nominations. I’m having fun listening to old Escape Pods. “Semi-Autonomous,” by Jim Kling really cracks me up. Told by a semi-autonomous answering machine, it’s a short tale that escalates hilariously.
Collected in Futures From Nature.
Be vewy quiet. We’re hunting pie on the Drabblecast, and we found a pair of tasty pies by Mur Lafferty.