Frazz by Jef Mallett for July 12, 2018

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    GreasyOldTam  about 3 years ago

    Stuff that gets in the way of the story’s progress.

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    sandpiper  about 3 years ago

    Per walkers are intrepid. They’ll walk anything on 4 legs so long is it isn’t carnivorous or larger than they are.

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    Plods with ...™ Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Editor wants 400 pages.

    I’ll give him 400 pages.

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    Ignatz Premium Member about 3 years ago

    How is Bradbury all Hooptedoodle?

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    Uncle Bob  about 3 years ago

    Hooptedoodle: All the Final Four projections that get published three months before the season begins…see “Pigskinpiffle”…

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    rugeirn  about 3 years ago

    Out of Leonard’s 10 rules of writing, the most important one is number 11, which he never cited: as soon as a rule gets in your way, break it.

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    Al Nala  about 3 years ago

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    Catfinder/Dogfinder Premium Member about 3 years ago

    I walk in Waukegan every chance I get.

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    Fido (aka Felix Rex) Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Now I’m in the mood to re-read some classic Bradbury.

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    Richard S Russell Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy is an example of excellent world-building, which most SF authors go thru in their own minds before starting in on the story, then leave 90% of it off the printed page so they can deliver an actual narrative to the reader. Robinson, however, unloads it all, with the story slipped into the cracks here and there. What he should have done, IMO, is published a novella with a 3-volume appendix for the benefit of those who care more about the physics than the people.

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    GaryCooper  about 3 years ago

    Leonard and Bradbury both have very clear, lucid styles (as does Steinbeck).

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    davetb1956  about 3 years ago

    And what grade is this guy in?

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    TurbosDad  about 3 years ago

    What’s all this kerfuffle about hooptedoodles? You’d think they were going to a hoop-de-doo…

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    Night-Gaunt49  about 3 years ago
    Noun: Simply put, hooptedoodle is a literary term that refers to the type of overly wordy prose that gets in the way of propelling a story forward. It’s filler, and could be edited out without taking anything important or relevant from the writing.
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    Kind&Kinder  about 3 years ago

    I enjoy all three authors, and I think anyone who calls Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine hooptedoodle and avoids it is missing one of the great coming-of-age novels around. It’s poetic and very insightful. Beautiful.

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    JP Steve Premium Member about 3 years ago

    Sorry, but I found Bradbury to be the most depressing writer I ever experienced. I can try to read a short story “blind,” but when I start feeling suicidal half-way though I know who the author is.

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    childe_of_pan  about 3 years ago

    In general I’m opposed to abridgment, but there are places where it’s a necessary evil, e.g. “Moby Dick” or Mark Twain’s “A Tramp Abroad” (although to be fair the pieces in Tramp were written as newspaper columns).

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