Juxtaposing J

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Just one J post today. Normally, it would be Free Book Friday, but with the A-to-Z Challenge, Camp Nanowrimo, the launch and promotion of Her Cousin, Much Removed, writing other stuff (which you can find in the sidebar), good, old-fashioned all-American taxes, plus all the normal drudgery, I’m just wiped. Too tired even for alliteration.

So on to J, which has to be juxtaposition. First of all, I love the sound of the word, the way it divides itself into two distinct halves and yet squishes itself together. Perfect.

Juxtaposition is the heart of conflict. You put one person’s needs against another, and it sparks friction. It’s the line where something can turn from bright and sunny to weird and off, and get the two to hang in stasis; it’s that kind of juxtaposition that Tim Burton exploits so well. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” utilized it to perfection, from setting to character.

It’s also the mechanical workings of comedy, the gears that crank it along. You put a cat lady in a dog shelter, and something funny will happen. You take two things, two people, two animals who don’t belong together, juxtapose them, and you have all those spaces where they don’t fit to fill with humor.

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A-to-Z Blogging Challenge AND Camp Nanowrimo?

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You may have noticed a brand-spanking-new badge in the sidebar. Actually there would be two if them if I could figure out how to load in the other one, but we’ll get there.

I’ve decided, for the month of April, to take on two challenges. Why two? I think I was slightly delirious on Saturday. I don’t think I’ve been eating enough protein. Still, I’ve signed up, and if anything spells commitment, it’s signing up.

I’m doing the A-to-Z-Blogging Challenge, which means that each day will have a theme around a letter. Tomorrow, for example, will be A. No fooling! (Ha! Get it?? It’s April Fools’ Day. And no, I cannot promise that will be the last of my corny jokes. The more tired I am, the more hilarious I think I am. Buckle up, by the end of the month, I should be a riot). Instead of 5 days a week, I’ll be blogging on Saturdays, too, but only a bit post, no books.

There’s still time to sign up, if you’re interested, all the way until the very end of April 2.

And I’m also going to do Camp Nanowrimo. Yes, while doing the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge, which involves visiting a whole bunch of blogs, I will, simultaneously, be writing the first draft of a novel.

Remember the delirium?

So that’s why the theme of the day is challenges. Wish me luck and sanity. I’ll need both.