Saturday, December 21, 2013

Feel my pain

Occasionally we have to deal with complaints that it's all "negativity" and bad news. "Can't you write about happy things? Pope Francis just wants everyone to cheer up."

Aristotle said that there isn't any drama without conflict. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch said, "Murder your darlings". Frankly, bad news is the only good news. I really only like bad news. For the same reason I like spicy food and gummy sours and whiskey.

Every year, I'm asked to write something warm and cuddly for Christmas, and it's always a huge struggle. How do you make it not boring if it's all happy n' nice n' sweet n' stuff? Blech.

I'm off sweets and if you want to cheer up, go watch cat videos.



Mrs McLean said...

Write about whiskey. And there's whiskey where you're going.


Santiago said...
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Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

You're about to be banned for snarky unpleasantness. One more and that's it.

..., now that I think of it, you're already overdrawn. And if memory serves, it's not the first time I've had to have you shown out.


Hermit Crab said...

I find the vile attack on the Blessed Virgin Mary delivered by Pope Francis in his homily on December 20 goes too far. It goes beyond wanting to be negative. It makes one reach for one's gun.

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

Oh dear, this is news to me. Which vile attack was this?

Felix said...

Bishop (don't call me Pope) Francis said:

’Our Lady was human! And perhaps she even had the desire to say: ‘Lies! I was deceived!’

Then he goes on to misrepresent John Paul II.


Anonymous said...

wow, thanks for ruining Christmas, Felix. - Karen