Today’s story is about rocks. It’s about lots of different kinds of rocks. Because not all rocks are the same.
The Collected Poems of Maud Pie
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Maud Pie has written thousands of poems.
Here are some of her poems.
They’re about rocks.
FROM THE CURATORS: When you think about Maud’s poetry, if you do at all, you probably don’t think of it as anything more than a gag about Maud’s emotionless obsession with rocks. This story nails that joke; Horizon said it “works on the level of a character study; it’s a reflection of its dull, singleminded author.”
But there’s more here than just a thousand words worth of dull. As Chris explained, “it starts off with just enough of what you’d expect to set the rest up as variations on that theme, and Farming Rocks was such a perfect and unexpectedly serious poem that… well, that I remember the name without even clicking the link to the story.” Horizon concurred: “A piece like “Farming Rocks” sneaks up on you, just when you had your expectations set, and blows you away,” and highlighted several other poems that catch the reader off-guard in a refreshingly thoughtful way.
But whether it’s being stolid or surprisingly deep, the one thing this story always was was entertaining and well-written. JohnPerry said “the poems themselves are actually really well-written, and do an excellent job capturing the voice of Maud Pie.” Horizon added, “the occasional author’s note, and the author’s contributions to the comments section, both reinforce the voice of the poems”; Chris concluded “These are clever, memorable, funny, and as many other superlatives as you want to throw out there.”
Besides, as JohnPerry put it when he nominated this story: “it’s Maud Pie. Do I really need to say more?”
Read on for our author interview, in which Titanium Dragon talks about how overrated gold is in the D&D draconiverse, the importance of being an editor, and what he has in common with James McAuley and Harold Stewart.