With O we head for one of my favorite words: offbeat. I love the weird, I love the unusual, as you can see by the titles of my non-cozy mystery books (as in, the rest of them). It’s a different way of looking at the world, a way of seeing through the surface of us as people and the world we create. It’s finding a new angle for the light to bounce off and see what lies below.
Offbeat, I think, implies a sense of humor about oddness, about being different. Sometimes it’s a conscious decision not to walk in step with everyone else, sometimes it’s because it’s just impossible to find the rhythm, but offbeat doesn’t care. It is what it is and it’s fine with it.
The offbeat, in life, can take you places you wouldn’t think to go. It takes the absurd and makes it absurder. Which I didn’t think was a real word, but spell check’s telling me is A-OK.
It’s more than fine to not fit in. Sometimes, it’s glorious.
In honor of the offbeat, check out my flash fiction collection, Better Living Through GRAVY and Other Oddities, it’s free! Or try my other offbeat novels, if you want. Here they are, because the single cover looked lonely.
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