Eclectic and interesting. I like the sound of that. Mind you, I like the sound of anything that makes what I do seem clever and special. And I’ll never turn down a chance to say a bit more about Dag-Lit. But today, I’m thinking, maybe I should start off by talking a bit about dags themselves.
A dag is the sort of person who just doesn’t care. They don’t care about whatever is fashionable, and we’re not just talking about clothes here. In pretty much any facet of life, dags are the people not paying the slightest attention to whatever the trends are in food or music or (most importantly in my case) books. They choose to wear what they want and listen to what they want and read what they want, regardless of what the magazines or newspapers or any other taste-makers are saying.
So I suppose every dag is daggy in their own special way, and if that doesn’t qualify as eclectic and interesting, I don’t know what does. But there’s something more to being a true dag. It’s not just that they don’t care about whatever is or isn’t in fashion. They also don’t care about what other people think about their chosen style (or lack thereof). So they aren’t hiding the fact that their tastes are their own – they’re celebrating it. They’ll dance down the street, singing along to some twenty-year-old pop song nobody else ever wants to hear again. They’ll proudly display the cover of the book they’re reading on the train, heedless of the scornful stares directed at them. In short, they have, what I think at least, is a really joyful approach to life.
And that, to me, is the most critical aspect to understanding Dag-Lit. It’s not just that they’re stories that pay little heed to literary trends. It’s that there’s an aspect that shares that joyful approach to life. That will (hopefully) make you forget yourself, just for a bit and be immersed in something wonderful and new. Maybe it will make you see things a little bit differently. Maybe it won’t. But hopefully it will be a worthwhile experience all the same.
Before I finish, I just want to add another note to mention the person who has made this tour possible. Donna Brown is a huge supporter of independent writers and it’s thanks to her that you’re seeing me here today. She runs a great resource, The Indie Exchange, as well as her own site, Books, Bags and Catnaps. And she’s also a terrific writer – check out her collection of short stories, Double-Take Tales.
About Jonathan Gould's comic fantasy Doodling:
Neville Lansdowne fell off the world.
Actually, he did not so much fall off as let go. The world had been moving so quickly lately and Neville was finding it almost impossible to keep up.
Doodling is an engaging comic fantasy which relates the events that befall Neville after he finds himself abandoned by the world and adrift in the middle of an asteroid field. Douglas Adams meets Lewis Carroll (with just a touch of Gulliver's Travels) as Neville wanders through his new home, meeting a variety of eccentric characters and experiencing some most unexpected adventures.
As Kriffle the Flidderbug investigates why his fellow 'bugs find it impossible to agree on the pressing issue of how many points there are on the leaves of the tree on which they live, he finds that the truth is more complicated, and ultimately more terrifying, than he ever could have imagined.
Flidderbugs is a political satire, a modern fable, or maybe just a funny little story about a bunch of insects with some very peculiar obsessions.
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