Our writing group did a reading of The Eye of Argon (a continuation from last week, actually), so I heard it out loud for the first time. I’ve skimmed the story before, it’s always read like a troll fic to me. *shrug* We have several “experienced” readers in our group, and I found the reading pretty … boring. I read one sentence before handing the story to the next person, I didn’t find it all that funny. Laughable, sure, but not very funny. I don’t know, I guess I wasn’t in the mood.

I was one of the last to get to read, and by the time it got around to me, I just wasn’t feeling it. I would’ve hoped for more passing, more reading, and more laughing, but it took so long for the story to get passed around that it reminded me of some of our longer combat encounters in Dungeons & Dragons — it felt like it was about waiting for others to finish their turns. *shakes head* I don’t know, maybe it was late, maybe I was tired and cranky. Maybe I missed all “the good parts.”

I read the trope examples for The Eye of Argon this morning, and thought about how I first stumbled across the story. I don’t think it was in connection to TVtropes, I think it was through something else, maybe a Wikipedia article, maybe something else. Anyway, the whole thing reminded me there are much, much worse pieces of writing out there than the things I’ve written. Nice bit of reassurance. :P