A: He rode a blazing saddle…!
D: . . .
A: Come on, D. Aren’t you going to fill in the next line? Hint: He wore a shining–
D: I would think wearing a blazing saddle would be enough mental imagery for the folks reading. As you’ve been reminding me all day, it is a Monday, after all.
A: That’s not the point. The point is that TC has been going over our Mel Brooks catalogue of films (for which I have World War Z to thank . . . because the book it is oh-so-incredibly-loosely-are-you-sure-you-can-call-it-“based”-I-think-they-may-have-used-the-word-“inspired”-and-that-is-pushing-it was written by his son, Max).
D: . . . I just don’t know where to begin.
A: You know, I’m almost with you on that one. Shh. Don’t tell.
D: Don’t tell. . . who, A?
A: And, it’s gone. Anyhoodles, not a bad movie – the Israeli soldier is my new hero. She was incredible. Plus: the new Who.
D: And yet . . .
A: And yet, I’m pretty sure one of the vignettes in the book was referencing Brad Pitt, in which case, the movie is more than a little self-referential. I could be wrong, but that is neither here, nor there.
D: But is it everywhere?
A: . . . Oh, you have spent way too much time in my head. I think I may need to put out a call for a character-awareness meeting, or a play date, or something. Yikes.
D: (Sob) I know!
A: (Eye-roll) We love Mel Brooks – TC was brought up on his movies because he didn’t know how to tell a joke when he was nine, and I’m a horrible mother.
D: There is so much right with that sentence—
A: Oi, Druid. Moving on… I need to make this snappy. Blazing Saddles is tonight’s feature presentation. I cannot be late.
D: What’s he going to do? Send you to bed without supper?
A: The Kid is taller than me, D. Taller, smarter and thanks to Mr. Brooks, funnier. I miss the curtain at my own risk. Besides, my creative torrents need refilling.
D: Well, then – let us hit it!
A: Okay, Mongo.
D: . . . I’ll get you for this, my pretty.
A: Wrong movie, D.
D: There are times when I dearly wish . . . A would focus on other things – other stories, perhaps. If there’s a short story, or a piece of fiction you’ve been wanting to find a home for, pop on over to The Literary Syndicate – Papi Z has put out a call for submissions.
A: Papi is also featuring a weekly prompt. Last week was awesome (Papi did one, and so did we) and this week looks to be even better: A 500-word bit of flash fiction, in which the following phrase is used: “Pandas are known for their ruthlessness.”
D: Well. Moving on. The witty-but-assuredly mad Chuck Wendig, at Terrible Minds, does a prompted feature as well. Check out the one that went live last Friday – A may or may not participate, provided she can find something in that overheated brain of hers to go along with a ‘psychic android,’ a ‘mad botanist greenhouse’ and ‘left for dead, out for revenge.’
A: I can and I will.
D: Gods help us.
A:Muahahahha! Writers Untie! I mean unite. . . wait, no untying may be more fun . . .
D: A. Focus.
A: Another prompted feature, in which we don’t partake – because reading Helena’s contribution is just that much more entertaining – is the Friday Fictioneers.
D: We also really liked reading Wanderer’s contribution – especially as it was such a contrast to Helena’s – two wonderful writers, two entirely different ideas, from one picture.
A: Which is, of course, the point. Check them, and everyone they link to, out. You won’t regret it.
D: Congratulations are in order, A.
A: I know. John W. Howell’s book, My GRL, is out.
D: I can no longer mistake him for that other fellow.
A: That other fellow?
D: See, John is so much more important, he’s eclipsed ideas of that other John-bloke from my head.
A: Nice save.
D: 1300 years are not to trifled with, A.
A: Indeed. So are you going to Congratulate Mr. John W. Howell?
D: I am – Congratulations, John, on your accomplishment, and many—
D: Great wishes for its success. It looks spectacular!
A: Helena – she of the Dilettante fame – has also been published! Her latest venture, in Dagda Publishing’s anthology “All Hail the New Flesh,” features the mistress of the creepy, Jessica B. Bell. Congratulations, Helena!
D: Don’t forget: if you are – as A likes to say – blog hopping, check out GE Recommends. Green has been putting in a lot of midnight hours with that mystical language HTML and CSS to make it look fantastic.
A: And Green – as well as the regular reviewing editors – have been doing a wonderful job keeping up with all the great entertainment out there to tell us what is good, and that which has been found wanting. Green has compiled a great list of last week’s offerings, here.
D: And the lovely Marie Ann Bailey – she who brought the lovely Mary into my life – has pledged to be a part of the Rebel Writers Creed for 2014. Why don’t you ever sign up for a creed or a resolution, A?
A: I solemnly swore that I would not feed you to the beasts of hell when you inspire my ire. Would you prefer I distract myself from that?
D: Nope. That’s just fine, A.
A: Thought so.
D: So, have you been taking notes, A? Sarah M. Cradit’s author website is now live, and it is chock-full of all sorts of goodies for fans of her House of Crimson and Clover series.
A: I love genealogies.
D: Yes, yes, I know you do.
A: Don’t roll your eyes at me, Druid. The fact that your family has such a twisty one is one of the reasons I keep to my resolution.
D: And on that testy note, I think we are going to end this with a “New to Us–”
A: But probably not new to you–
A: This week, the creators of this blog are not new to us—
D: Indeed, they are dear to us, but this concept is beyond brilliant.
A: It is a story, written one line at a time, by you, the audience. Check it out. Please.
D: And the other is a gentlemen that A just started to follow.
A: And one of his latest poems simply caught my fancy.
D: She is fickle that way.
A: And on that note,
D: We shall adieu.
A: Or otherwise, say good night.
D&A: Thanks for reading!
9 thoughts on “Bloody Bard Bares . . .”
Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles are my top 2 from Brooks. His genius shan’t be seen again. Thank you for the shout outs young lady! I appreciate it.
Oh, thank you for the shout-out 🙂 Mary will be happy to know that D thinks of her (really, she will! 🙂 ) Enjoy Blazing Saddles! I love Mel Brooks. I think High Anxiety is my favorite, but Blazing Saddles is genius 🙂
I hope she gets a giggle (it’s all he deserves… randy, indeed)! Love High Anxiety – it’s in the top 3 for me, but Young Frankenstein is my all-time favorite!
OK, I need to change that. Young Frankenstein is my favorite of all Mel Brooks films. For some reason, it didn’t come to mind. I think I’ve seen High Anxiety once, but loved it. Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock actually consulted with Brooks on that film? It was Hitchcock’s idea to have the birds poop on everyone 😉
Thank you D and also A for your patience with D.
😀 some days are better than others. Today I have Mel Brooks!
😆 Great update Katie. Oh gosh, love the Mel Brooks references. Thank you for the shout out. 🙂
Thank you, for keeping us in line!! And for giving us a great space to write/review in!
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