The Story Coaster

storycoaster_gsniderGrant Snider for the NY Times

I saw this illustration at the back of the Book Review in this weekend’s paper and actually laughed out loud. I think I lost it at the “plot hole” loop-de-loop. Or the unicorns kissing and all the discarded garments of clothing outside the “tunnel of badly-written love”! The critical reaction playground? Dead. I love Grant Snider. Let’s not forget his Literary Consolation Prizes.

I don’t want to jinx anything or risk stirring the demons of writer’s block, but writing has been going REALLY, REALLY WELL lately. I broke my 25k word count goal over the weekend, which, while exciting and deserving of all of the awkward dancing around the house I did, interspersed with high-fives from Jamal, it’s still only a quarter of what I think I’ll end up writing. But still, progress!

7 thoughts on “The Story Coaster

  1. I honestly can’t pick a favorite. Lengthy prologue? Extraneous scenery? Unreliable narrator? Critical reaction? It’s all perfect.

    Also, good on you, girlie!

  2. This is brilliant. I love Grant Snider too – his cartoons are crazy intuitive.

    I hadn’t seen the Literary Consolation Prizes. LOVE them – in particular the Lovecraft Prize for Zombie Fiction. It seems everyone is writing a book with zombies in it these days.

  3. Oh good for you Erin. I’m so not over that roller coaster car landing in the pond because of an unresolved subplot. Oh I’ve ridden in that car too many times

  4. i think ‘lengthy prologue’ might be my favorite. followed by ‘unresolved subplot.’

    and 1/4 done? erin! that is amazing!! that is a huge amount of a book to write. it has taken me twice as long to read one quater of a book than it has taken you to write yours. i am so excited for you. that is such a big milestone. yay to you! xoxo

  5. i personally love the the red herring and unresolved subplot! this is so good. and that is definitely huge progress with your writing, woot! keep up the good work :)

  6. I had an English teacher in high school, and older, gentleman-y type fellow with snow white hair and dulcet tones. When he taught us about rising action, mise en scene, and denouement, it all sounded so LOVELY because of his voice. Now, I cannot see the word denouement without hearing it, in my head, in his voice. His name was Mr. Culverhouse. Like that isn’t the BEST NAME EVER, right?

    He also totally had this cool, ethereal son. Named Zenon. NO JOKE.

    1. He sounds like a total babe. Did he wear tweed jackets with elbow pads? In my head he totally does.

      It should not surprise you at all that my “Most Likely To” in our highschool yearbook was “Have an affair with her English Professor.” How that got through I have no idea. xo

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