It Came From Beneath The Slush Pile
20 Kinds of Stupid: An Anthology of Idiot Heroes and Ridiculous Heroines. Fatally flawed flash stories by Holly Lisle and students.
If there’s one thing more fun than writing awesome stories, it’s occasionally indulging in the worst excesses and writing awesomely bad stories. Holly Lisle and a group of her students put all of the most clichéd, badly formed, and just plain wrong techniques into as few words as they could, and gathered them together as a way of leading by (horrific) example and illustrating why sometimes, the rules really are there to help (and yes, run-on sentences are bad too).
For learning should always be fun.
I wrote two and co-wrote one of the twenty stories in this little anthology. And it was terrific fun to throw off all the usual literary shackles of grammar, punctuation and storytelling decency, and literar-ally run amuck. I felt like Mark Twain frolicking in his oh-so-wrinkly birthday suit on the sands of Miami Beach!
Literar-ally. Yes, it’s a real word. I made it up because I can. After all, I have a writer’s license. 🙂
And after I joked that I’d put a knight in a tutu on my book covers if that would sell my books, my co-authors decided to give that a try.
We published this little beauty in October 2016. And it has been a consistent Best-Seller among humor books on Amazon ever since, with untold tens of thousands of copies now “in print.”
Of course, being FREE didn’t hurt. And it is a bit of a blow that my only best-seller to date earns me zip and mocks the real books I write.
But hey, at least we all had fun!