Once upon a time, in the Land of Enchantment…

Y’know how some movie quotes are so… adaptable? Like, they can either be used as-is or, with only minor changes, be warped into whatever a situation calls for?

The following is derived from a bit of dialogue in the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. the World:

P: Is he gonna geek out on us?

T: He’ll just sit in a corner and read the manuscript, man.

P: I mean, I want him to geek out on us.

T: He’ll geek. He geeks. He has the capacity to geek.

He, in this context, meaning the beta reader who’s been a fan of my clone-sibling’s fiction since the beginning.  Paul had asked me about hearing from any of the beta readers, and although he knew it was far too soon to expect anything, he has been (in his own words) hoping for some geeking out from “Loyal Reader,” at least. His word choice — geeking out — is what made both of us spontaneously warp-quote lines from Scott Pilgrim.

The title of this post is also more-or-less a warp-quote from that movie: the opening lines from it, actually. “Once upon a time, in the mysterious land of Toronto, Canada…” Lacking any other title ideas, that’s what I went with. *shrug* (The Land of Enchantment, of course, is the nickname for New Mexico. Says so on car license plates and everything.)





About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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