Day 4 - Ribbles stole Mrs. Carruthers’ pie
Did you know that if you search for the word “Blue” in netflix, you will see some blue smudges and even a blue hand on the results page. Well, if you click on that, it takes you to the exact scene in The One Where Michael Leaves where Michael is walking around the house and starts noticing the blue paint smudges everywhere. Genius.
MARKETING. YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT.
World of the Ring by Jian Guo
Middle-Earth seems like it’s a pretty happening place: plenty of exotic locales to explore, elves handing out gifts, trees to ride when your footses ache, and treasure available only to those courageous enough to take it. If it ever existed in a Tolkien novel or note, then Jian has probably drawn it: his jaw-droppingly resplendent masterpieces tell just as enthralling a story as the novels they emulate… though in considerably fewer words. The lead image: “A Long Adventure with a Hobbit” is available in print form at Jian’s DeviantArt.
21 authors try their hand at 140-character novels
The Guardian challenged well-known writers – from Ian Rankin and Helen Fielding to Jeffrey Archer and Jilly Cooper – to come up with a story of up to 140 characters.
This is the result:
- Geoff Dyer: I know I said that if I lived to 100 I’d not regret what happened last night. But I woke up this morning and a century had passed. Sorry.
- James Meek: He said he was leaving her. “But I love you,” she said. “I know,” he said. “Thanks. It’s what gave me the strength to love somebody else.”
- Jackie Collins: She smiled, he smiled back, it was lust at first sight, but then she discovered he was married, too bad it couldn’t go anywhere.
- Ian Rankin: I opened the door to our flat and you were standing there, cleaver raised. Somehow you’d found out about the photos. My jaw hit the floor.
- Blake Morrison: Blonde, GSOH, 28. Great! Ideal mate! Fix date. Tate. Nervous wait. She’s late. Doh, just my fate. Wrong candidate. Blond – and I’m straight.
- David Lodge: “Your money or your life!” “I’m sorry, my dear, but you know it would kill me to lose my money,” said the partially deaf miser to his wife.
- AM Homes: Sometimes we wonder why sorrow so heavy when happiness is like helium.
- Sophie Hannah: I had land, money. For each rejected novel I built one house. Ben had to drown because he bought Plot 15. My 15th book? The victim drowned.
- Andrew O’Hagan: Clyde stole a lychee and ate it in the shower. Then his brother took a bottle of pills believing character is just a luxury. God. The twins.
- AL Kennedy: It’s good that you’re busy. Not great. Good, though. But the silence, that’s hard. I don’t know what it means: whether you’re OK, if I’m OK.
- Jeffrey Archer: “It’s a miracle he survived,” said the doctor. “It was God’s will,” said Mrs Schicklgruber. “What will you call him?” “Adolf,” she replied.
- Anne Enright: The internet ate my novel, but this is much more fun #careerchange #nolookingback oh but #worldsosilentnow Hey!
- Patrick Neate: ur profile pic: happy – smiling & smoking. ur last post: “home!” ur hrt gave out @35. ur profile undeleted 6 months on. ur epitaph: “home!”
- Hari Kunzru: I’m here w/ disk. Where ru? Mall too crowded to see. I don’t feel safe. What do you mean you didn’t send any text? Those aren’t your guys?
- SJ Watson: She thanks me for the drink, but says we’re not suited. I’m a little “intense”. So what? I followed her home. She hasn’t seen anything yet.
- Helen Fielding: OK. Should not have logged on to your email but suggest if going on marriedaffair.com don’t use our children’s names as password.
- Simon Armitage: Blaise Pascal didn’t tweet and neither did Mark Twain. When it came to writing something short & sweet neither Blaise nor Mark had the time.
- Charlie Higson: Jack was sad in the orphanage til he befriended a talking rat who showed him a hoard of gold under the floor. Then the rat bit him & he died.
- India Knight: Soften, my arse. I’m a geezer. I’m a rock-hard little bastard. Until I go mushy overnight for you, babe. #pears
- Jilly Cooper: Tom sent his wife’s valentine to his mistress and vice versa. Poor Tom’s a-cold and double dumped.
- Rachel Johnson:Rose went to Eve’s house but she wasn’t there. But Eve’s father was. Alone. One thing led to another. He got 10 years.
This reminds me of the great Swedish film, “Låt den rätte komma in” (Let the Right One In) from 2008. Although they did an American remake, I refuse to watch because I feel that it would be extremely difficult to show the emotional loneliness and emotional dependency between all of the major and some secondary characters.
Reinstagram Olympics 3M diving face. Lol (Taken with Instagram)