Levels of Losing: Literary Edition
I was rereading my personal journal from 2007 and came across this tidbit. It’s based on ESPN’s The Sports Guy’s “Levels of Losing” for sports fans about how bad losing in a particular way is. Go to ESPN and search around and you can probably find the full column somewhere.
Anyway, this is my version, only I used John Irving novels compared to The Cider House Rules for how to determine how disappointing a book was. It would have gone perfectly with my “Worst Tournament” posts if I’d remembered I’d written this.
Literary Levels of Disappointment:
- “Until I Find You” – Oh my God, what were you thinking?!!!
- “The Fourth Hand” – This really sucks. Nuff said.
- “A Widow for One Year” – Meh, it’s OK.
- “Son of the Circus” – It’s good, I guess.
- “World According to Garp” – This is as good or possibly better.
I really need to look back at this more to pilfer other good ideas I might have forgotten. I should have remembered this before I started a writing blog:
I had this thought while walking last night that I should share my writing wisdom with the world. Then I came to my senses and realized everyone probably already knows everything I know and lots more. So what good would that do? Probably not a lot.
Oh yeah and here’s a sobering statistic for you: According to QueryTracker’s statistics, only 8% of queries get a full or even partial request. Which makes for a 92% FAIL rate if you’re not good at basic math.