SARDONIC Says it All

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This is my debut post for Insecure Writer’s Support Group Day and the question is, “What’s the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?”

And just so we are clear before we get started, this blog hop requires the cooperation of technology, requiring me to upload a picture, add a link, AND put the blog hop thingy in. I am not responsible for any “technical glitches” because we all know that HAL jr. is still trying to kill me in my sleep.

Moving on.

The best thing someone has ever said about my writing is an interesting question. My work writing, which has paid the bills for many years, is completely different from my non-work writing. Not that many people have seen my non-work writing. And those who have may be disinclined to say bad things about it. Possibly because they think I might kill them and hide their bodies. Which is a complete over-reaction.

But comment-wise, not once, not twice, but multiple times, my non-work writing has been described as “sardonic”. The helpful folks at inform that sardonic is an adjective, meaning “characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering.”

Hmmm. Some might say that sardonic is an adjective that describes moi (practicing my French again). May I suggest that bitter derision is just a by-product from dealing with REAL LIFE, people. And cynical is what I do for a living.

For my fiction, I do draw my characters and settings from real life (even the fantasy stuff) and no matter how much I try to do light and fluffy, I always end up embracing the dark side. Stephen King said, “We make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones.” I would argue that we don’t have to make up the horrors. Sometimes the way we cope with the real horrors is to write about them. And perhaps mocking and sneering at them is the only way we overcome, or at least contain them. I do not judge.

So, is this the “best” thing ever said about my writing? I don’t know. But it is an honest assessment, and I can handle the truth.

And this lovely 2013 Black Slate Porrera is helping with those horrors, too. (relax, I wrote this last night – I am not drinking at 7:00 a.m.)

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23 Responses to SARDONIC Says it All

  1. Hi Lee, welcome to IWSG. I am wondering why someone would call your work writing sardonic. It sounds a bit strange. I tend to deviate towards writing light and fluffy, but am trying dark and scary now.

    Rachna Chhabria
    Co-host IWSG
    Rachna’s Scriptorium

    • Lee says:

      It’s the non-work (i.e. fiction) writing that is sardonic. The work writing is all business – no adverbs, no adjectives, no smart-ass observations. It’s an interesting challenge to do the exact opposite in the non-work writing. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Welcome to IWSG, Lee. You’re among friends, so please don’t kill me in my sleep. I am a fan!!! I write dark, too. But I detect a wonderful sense of humour and was wondering if you write comedy? Remember: I’m a fan!

    • Lee says:

      Thanks Joylene! I’m excited to have found this group. I never kill friends, although I many have threatened to put one or two in a book and do so. I don’t write comedy per se, but I can see myself writing comic horror. Something just draws me to the darkside.

  3. I would totally accept sardonic as a compliment to my writing. I wish people said stuff like that to me!

    Welcome to IWSG!

    • Lee says:

      Thanks for the welcome! I think I have found a home with like-minded people. So funny you find your stories in the closet – I tend to think of mine as coming from the root cellar. I’m looking forward to reading your comic horror.

  4. Welcome to IWSG! Personally, I tend to alternate between fairly dark thrillers and lighter–or at least, more imaginative Sci-Fi and fantasy. It keeps me from falling into a rut that may become a pit if I stay there too long.

    • Lee says:

      Thanks for the welcome. And I, too, find that the lighter tone keeps one from falling into the pit of literary despair. I think that might be why my muse jumps around. But we are here to Finish a Project.

  5. I think that’s a wonderful compliment and I’d take it as one. I write murder too, but always with a happy ending. For I must defeat the evil I create! 🙂
    Welcome to the IWSG!

    • Lee says:

      I agree, Yolanda. I, too, must defeat the evil I create. It is so satisfying! Thanks for the welcome – this is a great bunch of writers!

  6. Margo Kelly says:

    Welcome to the IWSG! Sardonic is a great word! Enjoy writing, whatever style you choose. 🙂

    • Lee says:

      Thanks Margo! I love your new book cover and did the tweet (its one of the few social media things I get).

  7. I tend toward the dark, too. I’m not sure how to write otherwise. 😉

  8. mlouisebarbourfundyblue says:

    Welcome to IWSG, Lee! Your post had me laughing all the way through, and then I see “Your point is?” Then I flat-out busted out in a big laugh! I think “sardonic: is a great compliment. It’s very hard to do successfully, so it rings true and doesn’t sound forced. Kudos to you! Good luck with your non-work writing!

  9. Cynthia says:

    I agree that we can cope with the horrors or unpleasant things we have to deal with in our lives by writing about them, perhaps finding a way to fight those monsters we have to battle with the stroke of our pens or the tapping of our keyboards.

    • Lee says:

      I’m old enough to still want the visual of the pen (especially the quill type) as the weapon. Somehow, wielding a keyboard sword-style just doesn’t have the same pananche! But in the end, it’s our words that we use, as Yolanda said, to defeat the evil we create. Thanks for the input.

  10. I love dark and cynical so sardonic is high praise for me! And also just a great word all the way around. 😀
    So nice to meet you – thanks for coming by my blog and I’m glad you joined the IWSG!

    • Lee says:

      Thanks Julie. I’m glad I found this group – it’s a big step out for me. I really appreciate all the support here.

  11. dolorah says:

    Well, it just sounds like you are writing YA in both working and non-working venues, lol.

    I was a cash aid worker for 10 years. Yep, Sardonic pretty much expresses my attitude for a long time. Now I work in merchandizing; my attitude is less cynical 🙂

    • Lee says:

      I’m a lawyer, so in the work-writing, no snark. I know others do it, but I consider it unprofessional and unpersuasive. Writing fiction gives me license to blow off a bit of the cynical steam, I guess. I’m glad you found something that works better for you!