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Beer, anyone?

A local paper ran a story about rhythmic music and its financial woes. More to the point: the bars that host music events don't sell enough beer and booze, and now it seems some the stages may have to close.

I know what you're thinking: Rant coming up. Rant about the cultural minister, who fails to support rock music. Rant about the price of beer going up. Rant about guys drinking not six shots, but only five... But idealist me is taking the day off, and too-smart-for-his-own-good advertising guy has been called in as a substitute. So my thinking goes more along the lines of: Why can't beer make spec-fiction writers rich? 

I believe it was Robert Heinlein who told a group of aspiring writers something like: "Remember, gentlemen, we're competing for our customers' beer money." But spec-fiction and beer doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. I mean, who doesn't get thirsty reading titles like "Duffs&Dragons", "Invasion of the Bud-snatchers," or "Star Wars: Episode Six-pack"?

Distribution will be easy! Those digest-sized magazines fit snugly between six cans of beer. Twitter-zines can get contracts with various vodka-labels. Put a few short stories on those brown paper bags from the liquor store, and you have a real relationship-saver ("Look, dear, it's just fiction...") Or we could move on a grand scale and open up a chain of bars targeting the SF society. "Hard Geek Café" or "Stardrops" have such a nice ring.

I'm glad idealist me isn't present. He would only insist we should be glad that writing as an art form can exist without magazines and publishers having to ruin the inner organs of our readers... 


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May. 7th, 2009 03:51 am (UTC)
Fans would call that cross-promotional _evil_ genius :-)

I'm not too fond of the prequels either, but the first movies were all right. And they had lightsabers -- great invention, esp. since their deflection abilities perfectly justify close-up combat in a world with blasters and ray-guns. (On the downside, Star Wars featured wookies. Probably the most annoying creature to appear on the silver screen ever.)
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May. 11th, 2009 09:04 am (UTC)
After meditating on the matter for a long time (and after being away for the weekend), I have reached the following conclusion: Damn, you put up a good case :-)

(Out of pure obstinacity I'll cling to feeling more annoyed by wookies, mostly because they weren't created to be obnoxious but still remain that way. ;-) )


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