Saturday, December 12, 2015

Saturday Quote-O-Rama!

"She danced all night to the wild sound of trombones..."

G. Flaubert

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday Quote-O-Rama!

"Her name was McGill. She called herself Lil. But everyone knew her as Nancy."

McCartney & Lennon

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Quote-O-Rama!

"You can't be two people without some confusion."

Bourgeois Tagg

In Praise of the Bazinga

I spent much of the last couple of years writing short stories, so I've been thinking about this topic quite a bit. 

I grew up reading O. Henry stories and I guess I never got over it. A short story, to me, needs a beginning, a middle and an end - preferably an end with a bazinga! The punch line, the shocker, the WHOA... That's how all my stories seem to go. It's immensely satisfying to me to capture that world in a small amount of words, convey so much more than is on the page, tell the story from commencement to conclusion and POW - I mean bazinga. Kaboom. Shazam. Bwa ha HA!

I once came across a tiny house where O. Henry lived in San Antonio, TX. The historical plaque mentioned he'd gone from there to debtor's prison in Austin. Maybe he shouldn't be my role model...

All too often, "modern" short stories pick up in the middle and end there, too. Without point or purpose, as far as I can tell. They all seem to be about unlikeable people doing despicable things.

Why do people like those stories?

Do they make them feel better about themselves?

I really don't know.

Am I an unsophisticated dolt?

I reckon not.

All I know is the kind of short story that comes out of my brain. Whether I'm writing about the Old West, serial killers, true love or dogs, I reserve the right to start at the top, have some fun in the middle and zing you in the last sentence.
I'm OK with not having a candy bar named after me. (Also OK with not going to debtor's prison.)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saturday Quote-O-Rama!

"I must've had lessons."

Jim Ignatowski

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Saturday Quote-O-Rama!

"Before you go south with your big mouth, better check your heart."

Boz Scaggs

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday Quote-O-Rama!

"With nothing to do but feed all the kangaroos..."

Steely Dan