Best. Quote. Ever.

First panel of the day… “Crispier, Crunchier Writing” — I’m the first to introduce myself.

“Hi. My name is Howard Tayler, and I create a comic strip. My claim to expertise in ‘crispy, crunchy writing’ is the fact that I have to make all my text fit in these little dialog bubbles, but still have it tell a decent story.”

Jerry Pournelle: “You’re the only guy in the room qualified to talk about this. I get paid by the WORD.”

My wife, bless her heart, caught this moment on video. I have proof.

16 thoughts on “Best. Quote. Ever.”

    1. Lot of the folks over at Baen read Sclock, along with Sluggy freelance regularly. It’s how I origionally discovered Schlock, via John ringo’s board I think it was.

  1. If “that drunken elf happens to be a very respected physicist” isn’t crunchier than a bowl of laquered Rice Krispies, I dunno what is.

  2. It’s true, too.

    Okay, you occasionally cheat by having little informational entries along the way. But in essence you have the smallest possible space in which to succeed at not one, but TWO things: being amusing/funny, and writing darn good science fiction.

    I’d encourage you to turn it into a novel, but I think it’d suffer from lack of imagery unless you could manage to pull it off in description.

      1. Re: It’s true, too.

        Oooo. A Schlock Mercenary graphic novel in prestige format… just the thought of it has me going all fanboy.

  3. ‘Jerry Pournelle: “You’re the only guy in the room qualified to talk about this. I get paid by the WORD.”‘

    Yeah, I recall Zane Grey made a comment about not leaving “twenty-five cents of unfired ammo” in his hero’s pistol, or words to that effect.

  4. Who is Jerry P?

    YEah – You are out of it… While he is not quite the father of Sci Fi, he has been a big player… Rereading the Man-Kzin wars currently.

    I discovered Ringo thru this comic. I am doing URL links of key strips to my son who is doing patrols with a group whose slogan is “MuleSkinners Hoooo!” I am tempted to ask if he knows what a mule skinner is? Nope not going there…


    Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo – another murphey’s law of combat

    1. Re: Who is Jerry P?

      And then shipping said books to Iraq so me son can enjoy them when he is not watching $2 videos over there… I almost send a dozen DVDs to him… Shipping books and starbucks coffee instead.

      My son the muleskinner… Wonder if they shoot the Bradleys that break their legs?


      Rules of the Rucksack
      1. No matter how carefully you pack, a rucksack is always too small.
      2. No matter how small, a rucksack is always too heavy.
      3. No matter how heavy, a rucksack will never contain what you want.
      4. No matter what you need, it’s always at the bottom.

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