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She looks like she's unenthusiastically trying to get motivated to do some big job LOL

I mean, still trying to wrangle. Everything has a transition day on the 8th. I don't want to be coming/going then. Either that or everyone in TX has a hundred giant dogs. sad
I actually got invited back to the TX people's place, but it's the wrong timing and too long Cry
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(02-21-2024, 04:20 PM)Alliecat Wrote: She looks like she's unenthusiastically trying to get motivated to do some big job.

Unintentionally autobiographical, apparently.



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(02-22-2024, 09:44 AM)davidd Wrote: Unintentionally autobiographical, apparently.

Heh. You and me both. Maybe that’s why I thought of it  LOL

Stories to make your brain feel different? How does that work? How does it feel??
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(02-22-2024, 11:04 AM)Alliecat Wrote: Stories to make your brain feel different? How does that work? How does it feel??

Well... in my case, it made me feel like giving up on everything... even more so than I have already.

It has taken me a couple of days to realize maybe this once Golden Boy author, whose first successful novel was published in 1991, might be realizing he has passed his prime and is desperately trying to remain relevant by writing about "edgy" subjects. Why is it that "edgy" almost always means depressing, violent, and icky?

It reminded me... because I'm so damned literary... of the decline of science fiction author Robert Heinlein. Way back in the era of my First Real Job, I remember my supervisor was reading one of the last of Heinlein's novels. That supervisor was a fan of science fiction, and fairly well-read in the genre. I remember him saying, "Heinlein has turned in to a dirty old man." 

I don't know if Doug Coupland's "edgy" books have always been tawdry and he's trying to maintain his literary legacy with more of the same, or if this is a new angle for him. I won't be reading anything else by him, so I'll never know. There are too many books in the world to waste time on ones that are not in some way enjoyable. This one was not, for me, enjoyable.

And seriously -- I don't care if somebody is a Trump hater or a Trump supporter. It's just, the Trump-bashing is so trendy and trite!



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David’s Angels?? LOL what baddies are you taking on?

Yeah, after what you said on Dal House I’m pretty sure I would not have finished the book at all.
I can’t remember if I read anything by Heinlein back when I lived in a place with a library that had SF books. That was a long time ago. They had a great sci-fi section where you could browse. Now, you would have to know what you wanted and get it on interbranch loan.
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Maybe you have to do that to get published now.

I had a friend irl many years ago who got published (historical fiction) and in order to get his book out, they MADE this nice little old man from the country add grotesque adult scenes. (Not even normal stuff, but like "illegal and needs to be wearing a straight jacket" stuff.)

I wonder how widespread that is. Rb_x
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(Yesterday, 10:49 AM)Alliecat Wrote: I can’t remember if I read anything by Heinlein back when I lived in a place with a library that had SF books. That was a long time ago. 

No science fiction to speak of at the small town library where I live in Utah, either. There are a few popular fantasy type novels and series, particularly in the kids' section. It's weird, because in the smallish town where I grew up, the local library had tons of sci-fi in both the adult and the children's sections of the library.

(Yesterday, 12:17 PM)fishy Wrote: Maybe you have to do that to get published now.

I had a friend irl many years ago who got published (historical fiction) and in order to get his book out, they MADE this nice little old man from the country add grotesque adult scenes.  (Not even normal stuff, but like "illegal and needs to be wearing a straight jacket" stuff.)

I wonder how widespread that is. Rb_x

One of my online contacts... he's only on Instagram now, where he posts cartoons he draws of cute little animals... is a former author of horror novels, most published in the 1980s and early 1990s.

This guy:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/32...thur_Smith

(That karate book on the list is not his.)

Bob shared via Flickr years ago, when I learned that he was a "former" horror writer, that he gave up the genre, even though it was reasonably lucrative, because the editors and publishers were insisting on increasing amounts of gore, cruelty, and other types of content he was not comfortable writing.

So yes, it would seem that the "publishing industry" insists on, or at least strongly encourages, the addition of certain content from authors. Which means, I suppose, that it is what the reading audience wants to see.



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