Thursday, November 13, 2008

things the rally monkey says

[YT types away furiously at a manuscript long into the night]

RM: You know, in the Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Past shows one Christmas where Ebenezer Scrooge has a girlfriend.

YT: [not looking up] Yeah, so?

RM: Well, Scrooge decides that working at the counting house is more important than his relationship, and that he wants to devote himself to his job. And then she goes away and he gets old all by himself. He neglected his girlfriend and ended up alone!

YT: Are you comparing me to Ebenezer Scrooge?!

RM: No. Because at least Scrooge made money at the counting house.

26 comments:

Brian F. said...

Burn!

Kim Kasch said...

Oh but Scrooge had no friends and look at all your cyber friends - right here - cheering you on. And that says nothing about all
”The Others”

Kim Kasch said...

Oops - I wasn't saying all your other friends are ghosts or invisible . . .

But I was trying to get some of the lurkers to come out of hiding and post positive comments to encourage you.

Kiersten said...

Is it bad that I really, really like Rally Monkey?

I mean, sure, I'd like him to be nicer to you, but it just wouldn't be as funny if he were...

AC said...

Ok, where did RM get this fabulous metaphor? Oh right, from a BOOK. Which was once a manuscript. On which someone wrote furiously long into the night. And it one day made him lots of money. boo ya.

RedHawk said...

He has a point

Precie said...

How romantic.

Ditto what AC said...ahem, the sorce of his metaphor? A BOOK. From 1843. A wildly famous book that has become ingrained in Western culture.

So...did RM's cleverness earn him a few minutes of your attention? :)

moonrat said...

THANK you, AC!

Pamala Knight said...

Rally Monkey Ownzd it!! LOL!

But I totally agree with AC. He should consider the benefit of all that dedication and working into the wee hours--a finished manuscript that might include a lovely dedication to him, thanking him for putting up you while you created the magic.

Besides, the part of me that is living vicariously through you and your NaNoWriMo work, wants us to get to those 50K words. Go us!!

writeidea said...

OMG, that is funny. Such is the life of NaNo. We are all cheering you on, though. Maybe we should band together and send RM a book to read to keep him busy.

Kate Lord Brown said...

Rally monkey? What's a Rally Monkey? We have Funky Monkeys over here - and v partial to Chunky Monkey. Keep your pecker up Moonie - we're going to be burning the midnight oil over here too.

Anita said...

Kim Kasch has summoned this lurker to say, "You're awesome, Moonrat!".

(but, honestly, I like a monkey that communicates---monkey's awesome, too)

Anonymous said...

Or the idea came from A Muppet Christmas Carol (which while rooted in Dickens, doesn't require the reading).

cindy said...

haha! doh! i feel for rally monkey. the love works a lot, too. *hugs* to the hou zi!!

Briane P said...

Name some awful character in your book after Rally Monkey. Then have that character get crushed by a dirigible. You'll work it into the plot somehow.

Crimogenic said...

Some say that RM is brilliant...now I know why :)

Precie said...

anon 12:14 - Sorry to pick nits, but even if the immediate source was A Muppet Christmas Carol (brilliant in its own right), the fact remains that it wouldn't exist without the classic novella on which it is based. No, RM wouldn't have had to read ACC, but his use of the metaphor owes its source to the book nonetheless.

Christy Raedeke said...

Wow, at least your romantic spats are erudite! In relation to me being a bad spouse, my husband would more likely reference The Office (not even the BBC version) than Dickens...

Heidi C. Vlach said...

Sure, Scrooge got old all alone, but he also got a payoff of delicious Christmas dinner. This is clearly a metaphor for suffering as a writer and ending up with a bestseller. Or something.

Ello said...

Ah HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

He is too funny!

Aerin said...

I think I remember a recently discovered piece of manuscript in which Scrooge's girlfriend sleeps on the couch for the rest of their relationship....I'm sure it was an original snippet tht Dickens cut out for his own reasons.....

moonrat said...

Hmm, Aerin, now that you mention it, I think I remember that chapter, too.

JES said...

Hmm. As I remember that section of Scrooge's dream -- it was Christmas Past -- Scrooge's girlfriend was actually a whiny primate. No wonder he turned to drinks, late nights, and writing, and then, ultimately, left her in the lurch.

(You wouldn't happen to have a spare lurch lying around, would you? One with a lock and key?)

ChrisEldin said...

AHAHAHAHAH! That's pretty funny.
But romantic. Poor lil monkey....
:-)

Jill Myles said...

Tell the Rally Monkey he has now earned himself the 'honor' of being in your manuscript. ;)

ggwritespoetry said...

I think Rally Monkey and my hubby might actually be twins... seperated at birth...living parallel universes... (cue 'twilight zone' starting credits)