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Funny Bits 09-06-14: PG Wodehouse

Last week I finished the novel I've been hacking at for the past two years, Kagemusha. Last night Sweetie finished reading it, and today I'm going through his comments to decide which I will agree with and which I will ignore. Then when I'm done with my final round of edits, I'll start sending queries to agents, and we'll see where things go from there.

I've noticed that, even as infrequently as I update this blog, I rarely come up with anything new to say. I believe anyone who's read a handful of my posts can accurately predict my opinion on any writing- or publishing-related subject, and probably my position on any political issue as well.

So to break things up, I've decided to start this series called "Funny Bits," in which I share amusing quotes, articles, videos, etc. for no particular reason.

Here's Funny Bit number one, from P. G. Wodehouse's introduction to his novel Summer Lightning (1929).

A certain critic—for such men, I regret to say, do exist—made the nasty remark about my last novel that it contained 'all the old Wodehouse characters under different names'. He has probably by now been eaten by bears, like the children who made mock of the prophet Elijah; but if he still survives he will not be able to make a similar charge against Summer Lightning. With my superior intelligence, I have outgeneralled the man this time by putting in all the old Wodehouse characters under the same names. Pretty silly it will make him feel, I rather fancy.


Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt (September 30, 2014, 4:01 pm)

Good one; I hadn't seen it.

You just can't please some people.

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