A: He rode a blazing saddle…!
D: . . .
A: Come on, D. Aren’t you going to fill in the next line? Hint: He wore a shining–
D: I would think wearing a blazing saddle would be enough mental imagery for the folks reading. As you’ve been reminding me all day, it is a Monday, after all.
A: That’s not the point. The point is that TC has been going over our Mel Brooks catalogue of films (for which I have World War Z to thank . . . because the book it is oh-so-incredibly-loosely-are-you-sure-you-can-call-it-“based”-I-think-they-may-have-used-the-word-“inspired”-and-that-is-pushing-it was written by his son, Max).
D: . . . I just don’t know where to begin.
A: You know, I’m almost with you on that one. Shh. Don’t tell.
D: Don’t tell. . . who, A?
A: And, it’s gone. Anyhoodles, not a bad movie – the Israeli soldier is my new hero. She was incredible. Plus: the new Who.
D: And yet . . .
A: And yet, I’m pretty sure one of the vignettes in the book was referencing Brad Pitt, in which case, the movie is more than a little self-referential. I could be wrong, but that is neither here, nor there.
D: But is it everywhere?
A: . . . Oh, you have spent way too much time in my head. I think I may need to put out a call for a character-awareness meeting, or a play date, or something. Yikes.
D: (Sob) I know!
A: (Eye-roll) We love Mel Brooks – TC was brought up on his movies because he didn’t know how to tell a joke when he was nine, and I’m a horrible mother.
D: There is so much right with that sentence—
A: Oi, Druid. Moving on… I need to make this snappy. Blazing Saddles is tonight’s feature presentation. I cannot be late.
D: What’s he going to do? Send you to bed without supper?
A: The Kid is taller than me, D. Taller, smarter and thanks to Mr. Brooks, funnier. I miss the curtain at my own risk. Besides, my creative torrents need refilling.
D: Well, then – let us hit it!
A: Okay, Mongo.
D: . . . I’ll get you for this, my pretty.
A: Wrong movie, D.
D: There are times when I dearly wish . . . A would focus on other things – other stories, perhaps. If there’s a short story, or a piece of fiction you’ve been wanting to find a home for, pop on over to The Literary Syndicate – Papi Z has put out a call for submissions.
A: Papi is also featuring a weekly prompt. Last week was awesome (Papi did one, and so did we) and this week looks to be even better: A 500-word bit of flash fiction, in which the following phrase is used: “Pandas are known for their ruthlessness.”
D: Well. Moving on. The witty-but-assuredly mad Chuck Wendig, at Terrible Minds, does a prompted feature as well. Check out the one that went live last Friday – A may or may not participate, provided she can find something in that overheated brain of hers to go along with a ‘psychic android,’ a ‘mad botanist greenhouse’ and ‘left for dead, out for revenge.’
A: I can and I will.
D: Gods help us.
A:Muahahahha! Writers Untie! I mean unite. . . wait, no untying may be more fun . . .
D: A. Focus.
A: Another prompted feature, in which we don’t partake – because reading Helena’s contribution is just that much more entertaining – is the Friday Fictioneers.
D: We also really liked reading Wanderer’s contribution – especially as it was such a contrast to Helena’s – two wonderful writers, two entirely different ideas, from one picture.
A: Which is, of course, the point. Check them, and everyone they link to, out. You won’t regret it.
D: Congratulations are in order, A.
A: I know. John W. Howell’s book, My GRL, is out.
D: I can no longer mistake him for that other fellow.
A: That other fellow?
D: See, John is so much more important, he’s eclipsed ideas of that other John-bloke from my head.
A: Nice save.
D: 1300 years are not to trifled with, A.
A: Indeed. So are you going to Congratulate Mr. John W. Howell?
D: I am – Congratulations, John, on your accomplishment, and many—
D: Great wishes for its success. It looks spectacular!
A: Helena – she of the Dilettante fame – has also been published! Her latest venture, in Dagda Publishing’s anthology “All Hail the New Flesh,” features the mistress of the creepy, Jessica B. Bell. Congratulations, Helena!
D: Don’t forget: if you are – as A likes to say – blog hopping, check out GE Recommends. Green has been putting in a lot of midnight hours with that mystical language HTML and CSS to make it look fantastic.
A: And Green – as well as the regular reviewing editors – have been doing a wonderful job keeping up with all the great entertainment out there to tell us what is good, and that which has been found wanting. Green has compiled a great list of last week’s offerings, here.
D: And the lovely Marie Ann Bailey – she who brought the lovely Mary into my life – has pledged to be a part of the Rebel Writers Creed for 2014. Why don’t you ever sign up for a creed or a resolution, A?
A: I solemnly swore that I would not feed you to the beasts of hell when you inspire my ire. Would you prefer I distract myself from that?
D: Nope. That’s just fine, A.
A: Thought so.
D: So, have you been taking notes, A? Sarah M. Cradit’s author website is now live, and it is chock-full of all sorts of goodies for fans of her House of Crimson and Clover series.
A: I love genealogies.
D: Yes, yes, I know you do.
A: Don’t roll your eyes at me, Druid. The fact that your family has such a twisty one is one of the reasons I keep to my resolution.
D: And on that testy note, I think we are going to end this with a “New to Us–”
A: But probably not new to you–
A: This week, the creators of this blog are not new to us—
D: Indeed, they are dear to us, but this concept is beyond brilliant.
A: It is a story, written one line at a time, by you, the audience. Check it out. Please.
D: And the other is a gentlemen that A just started to follow.
A: And one of his latest poems simply caught my fancy.
D: She is fickle that way.
A: And on that note,
D: We shall adieu.
A: Or otherwise, say good night.
D&A: Thanks for reading!