Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Look, maybe I didn't think this through . . .

In the previous post I offered a free drawing and future acknowledgement to anyone who could help me name the big, small, and just-right books at the bottom of the page. And it seriously did not occur to me that maybe three different people would each come up with one title I liked. I don't know why but it didn't. STILL, I'm a man of my word and will be very happy to send an original drawing of Sparky and the Robot to the following commenters:

-- Jsutliff was the first to suggest Crime and Punishment for the big book.

-- Mike was the first to come up with I, Robot for the small book.

-- And I'm the Momma, That's Why! gave me Fahrenheit 451 for the just-right book.

Look for those titles to magically appear on the three book covers on Page 141 as soon as I get a few minutes to add them.

Mike, I know your postal address. Joe Sutliff, I don't think I have yours. And Momma, I have no idea who you are. E-mail me your addresses at brianfies@gmail.com and I'll get a drawing in the mail as soon as I can, with my thanks.

My selections may seem a bit obvious or "on the nose" but I think that's partly why they're funny. The books are like fools quipping to the audience about the action on stage. I thought some of the other suggestions were terrific--RUR, Farewell to the Master, Magic School Bus, Theory of Everything, Centennial, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, etc.--but sometimes too obscure or even too thoughtful. In this case I don't want a reader to have to figure out a puzzle--just get it fast and move on. (At other times, I DO try to create a little puzzle and give the reader the satisfaction of figuring it out; just not here, because I don't want to slow down the "bang-bang-bang" pace of those three panels.)

Which I guess offers some insight into how I think about timing and so on as I build a story. Not my intent but there it is.

I'm also cheating a little, since (I learned by looking it up just now) I, Robot and Fahrenheit 451 are almost exactly the same length. We're going to assume our Fahrenheit 451 is the special big-print annotated director's cut edition.

I had fun with this; hope you did too and that there are no hard feelings. By the way, my wife Karen thought my choices were boring. But then, she wanted to title the heavy book Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater (18th edition), which would've been funny to exactly two people (us) and an impenetrable mystery to anybody else. So her judgment is suspect.

Thanks for playing and thanks for reading my story!

--Brian





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