I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries – Stephen King

My personal favorite item to order is a cheeseburger, but that’s just me.

I saw this quote and it made me smile as I sit sweating through the editing of Flashback to the Dragon, the first in a series of four murder mysteries with a twist. 

My editor suggested I take out some of the humor in my story because it was written into a scene where it might be viewed as inappropriate. The humor was not slanderous, or derogatory, or aimed at anyone real or fictional. The sarcastic comments were some that the main character mumbled about himself. I couldn’t take it out. Its me and taking it out would not be me.

So, while I appreciated some of the other comments I received and agree that I need help with literary rules (I was pleasantly surprised that my story didn’t bleed out during the edit), I did not agree to take out my humorous asides.

The beauty of self-publishing, or semi-self-publishing (are there too many hyphens here?), is that I can leave the comments in and keep moving forward.

My favorite author, Dean Koontz, injects his stories with humor and it brings me closer to the characters and more vested in whether or not they survive whatever horrors he’s laid out before them. Dean is the kind of guy that would be fun to sit down with over a glass of wine or bottle of beer and exchange anecdotes and stories. What a great way to spend an evening!

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on his latest in the Odd Thomas series, Odd Apocalypse. Talk about humor and funny asides!

I will continue editing; my goal is to have the edited version back to the publishing agency by Monday, while keeping my personality intact. Oh, and I’ll have fries with that.

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