My next substantial piece of writing is way overdue.
People keep asking me if I am writing a new book.
No. But I should be.
The trouble is, I want it to be funny. I am pretty good at making people laugh, usually just by saying something unexpected. Something other than the “how are you?” “fine” kind of stuff.
These ambitions are daunted, subdued, quashed by two factors.
First, the enormously depressing news of what is going on in our world. It’s as if news reports were written by Margaret Atwood or George Orwell. It seems irresponsible to write something fluffy.
Second, I too often let the enormously depressing news quash my own sense of humor.
However, I do understand why Hollywood pumped out lots of lighthearted movies during the Depression. When they were so urgently needed. That’s an important precedent. But someone on the West Coast must have been buoyed by more ebullience than I can muster… most days.
Writing dystopian tales seems the only logical response to current events.
And they are not funny. At all.
Still, I keep trying. I’ve even invented a character, Gertrude, who (just a coincidence) is experiencing with ironic humor all the indignities of getting old… alone.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
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So true, Mim. Thank you for addressing this. I think your formula for for fending off the darkness sounds good. We need laughter, hope, good will, stories of effort and success given these times. Maybe O'Henry short stories can be an inspiration. It's hopeful just to hear from you. Thank you.ReplyDelete