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uncle1282

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Jul 12, 2016 9:05 AM   in response to: the_peartree in response to: the_peartree
 
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You left out Twain.
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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 9:10 AM   in response to: Michael Williams in response to: Michael Williams
 
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"Classic -- a book which people praise and don't read." Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar in Following the Equator chapter 25.
openhearted

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Posted: Oct 3, 2016 8:11 AM   in response to: 10blade in response to: 10blade
 
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hi

thanks for your funny post about PHD damage

sure, we are in damage control mode, some of us--just got to dumb it down, I guess

yet, where are all these porn books coming from?

and their readers? prison?

I am so sick of seeing all the incest books published I could puke--why isn't it illegal?

it's like the publishing industry is saying it's okay--I thought all the YA books about death were bad--now this

oh

ps---maybe their should be a genre--literary rom com--please--that's what I like
Archullus

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 4, 2016 5:33 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
 
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Yes I've found this also. A history I did about my local grammar school is selling far better than a post-apocalyptic America - the history book is local and not even in an ebook format.
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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 4, 2016 12:37 PM   in response to: the_peartree in response to: the_peartree
 
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lay on Macduff and damned be he who first cries, "Hold, enough!"
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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 5, 2016 12:20 PM   in response to: Dee Tezelli in response to: Dee Tezelli
 
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Re: nonfic. We agree 100%. It's gotta be so. We tried novels. (Before 1920 they were still called "romances" and I wish to return to a gentler age as in
wonderful Scientific "Romances"... bla, bla. What a sap I am.) In 1983 some guy who was manager of an obscure Ottawa distribution co. showed me
the "grave" of some books. (Damn this Wordwrap from MS.) So, they had many tons of books sans cover in many dumpsters. These books did get
printed on paper. But they were not sold. Most were "failed" at the stores. So they are marked "Returns" and then covers are stripped. Then end up
in garbage. He was a nice guy as person. Wanted some advice on artwork, etc. Well, anyway, why waste time with paper? I feel better with my
books out in cyberspace. (And yes we have many trees up here.) No, I mean really. It is so.
Issue 2: Re: Why my books don't sell. Well, back in 1983 I sent some heavy paper manuscripts - only 100 pages per book - I am short & sweet -
like H.G. Wells in his first 3 bookies - to New York of course. (Most US publishers live there.) But it was rejected. Advice: Don't use your real
name. You will get laughed at for being an "egghead" kinda thing. (It's not a big deal.) But you don't eat. hence, I be Tommy London now. Wow.
See? But my book was not so good. (It was better than Spinrad & I have no sympathy for him. He was also of my own... ilk. Hmm? I can also
dig macho jerkiness, Sunbelt Corruption, etc. I mean who cares? Was his Mars Thing good?) That was self pity. Sour grapes. Serious. We do
also not "suck" up to stuff... we are firm Believers. Who cares about The Revolution? (Like in 1988?) So I too wrote many bookies on paper - avoid
Format with Wordwrap left on. It stinks. You end up with tons of merde. (Blame Bill Gates.) My fault. (My Bad?) So in 1997 my trilogy was a Bomb.
It had promise. Now in 2016 I'm back in cyberspace. Forget papyrus. (It's for the Pharaohs.) This is no joke.
Issue 3: Re: Nonfiction. To be hard & cool: I'd say in our evil New Society, we need Hard News more than fiction. People are still "polite" but it
is a chilly, synthetic kind. Okay? You go figure. I did a trilogy of fiction but my Book 4 is now - yes - a mix. That will work. My astronomy is
good. Also genetics, etc. I have no degree in any science. I say this to be honest. Too bad. Bottom line: I am am famous person like Alec Baldwin
but they wanna laugh at me, not read my stuff. Will the same happen to you? (I can go into the F***in' Waldorf Astoria lookin' like a wino & still g
et accepted. With Diner's Club. So can 10, 000 other Clebs. Okay?) Bye, dudes.

Edited by: tommy london on Oct 5, 2016 12:23 PM
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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 6, 2016 5:40 AM   in response to: tommy london in response to: tommy london
 
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I am am famous person like Alec Baldwin
but they wanna laugh at me, not read my stuff.

I'm sure I can't understand why.

Okay. That's a lie. Somebody tug on the anchor rope. I want to come back to the Earth where people can write comprehensible sentences, even paragraphs.
Glenn Wilmes

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 6, 2016 4:47 PM   in response to: tommy london in response to: tommy london
 
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Tommy London-- shine on, you crazy diamond!
openhearted

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Posted: Oct 6, 2016 6:20 PM   in response to: tommy london in response to: tommy london
 
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rock on, Tommy London

my damn laptop fights me when I do a word with a "T" in it

include your post as a true life Waldorrf Astoria epic

I just had my book about Holden Caulfield's NYC hangouts BLOCKED

I think I will have to ask him, or J.D. about that

but I Kant-----I am not a real phony, I am a fake phony--kind of a tin cup crap phony--but, my feelings were real---I got,,like,,almost teary eyed about Phoebe

she packed a bag and was ready to run away with Holden---sure--damn---he couldn't let that happen---he wanted to be a Catcher

I sometimes think the clock at the Waldorf is where Holden met Sally

oh
Mary Peebels

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 6, 2016 6:59 PM   in response to: tommy london in response to: tommy london
 
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tommy london wrote:
Re: nonfic. We agree 100%. It's gotta be so. We tried novels. (Before 1920 they were still called "romances" and I wish to return to a gentler age as in
wonderful Scientific "Romances"... bla, bla. What a sap I am.) In 1983 some guy who was manager of an obscure Ottawa distribution co. showed me
the "grave" of some books. (Damn this Wordwrap from MS.) So, they had many tons of books sans cover in many dumpsters. These books did get
printed on paper. But they were not sold. Most were "failed" at the stores. So they are marked "Returns" and then covers are stripped. Then end up
in garbage. He was a nice guy as person. Wanted some advice on artwork, etc. Well, anyway, why waste time with paper? I feel better with my
books out in cyberspace. (And yes we have many trees up here.) No, I mean really. It is so.
Issue 2: Re: Why my books don't sell. Well, back in 1983 I sent some heavy paper manuscripts - only 100 pages per book - I am short & sweet -
like H.G. Wells in his first 3 bookies - to New York of course. (Most US publishers live there.) But it was rejected. Advice: Don't use your real
name. You will get laughed at for being an "egghead" kinda thing. (It's not a big deal.) But you don't eat. hence, I be Tommy London now. Wow.
See? But my book was not so good. (It was better than Spinrad & I have no sympathy for him. He was also of my own... ilk. Hmm? I can also
dig macho jerkiness, Sunbelt Corruption, etc. I mean who cares? Was his Mars Thing good?) That was self pity. Sour grapes. Serious. We do
also not "suck" up to stuff... we are firm Believers. Who cares about The Revolution? (Like in 1988?) So I too wrote many bookies on paper - avoid
Format with Wordwrap left on. It stinks. You end up with tons of merde. (Blame Bill Gates.) My fault. (My Bad?) So in 1997 my trilogy was a Bomb.
It had promise. Now in 2016 I'm back in cyberspace. Forget papyrus. (It's for the Pharaohs.) This is no joke.
Issue 3: Re: Nonfiction. To be hard & cool: I'd say in our evil New Society, we need Hard News more than fiction. People are still "polite" but it
is a chilly, synthetic kind. Okay? You go figure. I did a trilogy of fiction but my Book 4 is now - yes - a mix. That will work. My astronomy is
good. Also genetics, etc. I have no degree in any science. I say this to be honest. Too bad. Bottom line: I am am famous person like Alec Baldwin
but they wanna laugh at me, not read my stuff. Will the same happen to you? (I can go into the F***in' Waldorf Astoria lookin' like a wino & still g
et accepted. With Diner's Club. So can 10, 000 other Clebs. Okay?) Bye, dudes.

Edited by: tommy london on Oct 5, 2016 12:23 PM


Tommy, what did you edit?
acornwriter

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 6, 2016 7:08 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
 
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What? Is Tommy London some kinda rock star or something? Gotta say, the writing is crazy but I like his spirit. (Also like the image of CWL telling the bartender to leave the bottle.) Creativity at its best. =:0
Mary Peebels

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 6, 2016 7:33 PM   in response to: acornwriter in response to: acornwriter
 
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acornwriter wrote:
What? Is Tommy London some kinda rock star or something? Gotta say, the writing is crazy but I like his spirit. (Also like the image of CWL telling the bartender to leave the bottle.) Creativity at its best. =:0

I'm getting an image of Keith Richards for some odd reason, whom I do admire, since one of my favorite lyric lines ever is: "No more will my sea green go turn a deeper blue."

I read the entire post and couldn't make myself stop reading, so...

Where are we without spirit? Or spirits?
acornwriter

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Re: do folks buy fiction anymore? should you write literary fiction?
Posted: Oct 6, 2016 7:43 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
 
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Or Liberace in a tuxedo with high water pants. I'm envisioning him on the Johnny Carson show. Tonight's guest... Tommy London! (If you weren't famous, you are now T.L.)
acornwriter

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Posted: Oct 6, 2016 7:47 PM   in response to: Mary Peebels in response to: Mary Peebels
 
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I'm getting an image of Keith Richards

I like him too. Can he still get down on his knees and rock? When I watched him do that, I was shocked. I thought they were propping him up and giving him blood transfusions.
penny davis

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Posted: Oct 11, 2016 10:04 AM   in response to: mhender668 in response to: mhender668
 
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People love fiction...including myself......Grim Black Justice is a great horror fiction story....it gives people a chance to lose themselves and take a break from reality for awhile.
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