Not to mention that it sets up the repeated motif of establishing an image with one set of preconceived notions and then immediately providing detail that undermines them. A magnificent story. Just wanted to say, “Well done.”. Doubting Rich, just out of curiosity, how do you know what universities the other commenters attended? It is well deserved! The one good thing about this horrid tripe of a story is that it’s one of the things that gave us “Sad Puppies”. What is meaningful to students at this level is exploration of the dinosaur world that once existed. Tragic sad, not pathetic sad. This was amazing. Here, that’s not really the case: the distancing effect of metafiction leaves us, ultimately, in Stein’s Oakland. Since students at this level are not yet able to comprehend the concept of extinction, these lessons focus on ideas that serve as a foundation for later learning about extinction. Chicago Il, 60623 No one has found evidence of dinosaurs giving live birth — and, just like some birds today, dinosaurs laid clutches of multiple eggs. Wow – It’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, only for grown-ups. I hope you enjoy my quiz. Yes, a dinosaur is a unique and a “new” biological organism (depending on it’s inception to this story), but this story hardly depends on this new creature. Rich people are also drunks, pool players and bigots.So if you assume that from reading it, what does that about your own assumptions. You’d harmonize with me, your rough, vibrating voice a strange counterpoint to mine. This is 100% a speculative fiction story. They’d hide beneath the tables instead of knocking them over. If you were a T-Rex, then I would become a zookeeper so that I could spend all my time with you. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. if you were a dinosaur, you'd be a Gorgeousaurus morelenmir. If you were a dinosaur, my love, I’d teach you the scents of those men. Green chiffon would turn into leaves. It’s childish. How reporters adore my face, the face of the paleontologist’s fiancée with her half-planned wedding, bouquets of hydrangeas already ordered, green chiffon bridesmaid dresses already picked out. I’m not sure what the negative commenters are seeing when they picture “five blustering men soaked in gin and malice” who beat up an apparently fragile-looking palentologist but I suspect it’s got more to do with their own preconceptions and with whom in the story they are identifying than what the words say. how in the hell did this ever get nominated let alone win anything? If you were a dinosaur, my love, then you would be a T-Rex. This is SciFi? Change ). save. if you do please take my others, … I’d bring you raw chickens and live goats. What we know about him is that he’s relatively short, gentle, loved by a woman we love, fragile, lovely, and in possession of wits and charm. I would be borrowed, too, because I’d be borrowing your happiness. Beautiful is not the word I would choose, disturbed is far closer to the mark. It truly is a very interesting dinosaur fact. And great right brain/left brain imagination — the science was strong. ! You should have won the hugo award for this odd but powerful and touching piece. Not only is the emperor nude, but this “story” stinks! OMG. The girl, still in pajamas, bounces on her bed—where a toy green dinosaur sits—and finally decides, she wants “a pet much bigger, more the size of, well, A HOUSE!” If I Had a Dinosaur celebrates childhood and children’s imaginations and creativity. If everyone else thought about my stories the way I feel about yours, I would be so ashamed. I have a few issues with this poem, two specifically. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is a good thing Ms Swirsky was blessed with an XX Chromosome otherwise this drek would not get a second glance. (Hint: for commenting on this purposes, you should, too.). far away. This is your “Danger, Will Robinson,” moment, but you probably don’t notice on your first time through because you’re a little in love, and you’re sad, and the if/then logic of the story is relentless and carries you on even as the warning signals start. All I can say is, I wish I’d written it. I’ve come back to this story at least ten times since it was published. It’s not a story for me, but I don’t care: it’s awesome and you should be proud of it. See whole one liner: Girl, if you were a dinosaur, you'd be a at Onelinefun.com Search in the largest collection of one liners and puns All one liners Choose by topic For special events New one liners Beautiful and haunting. Synopsis. They’d work until they’d built you a mate. If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky is a second person POV story that works really well. Some kind of small animal. Defying the literary standards at such a fundamental level can produce remarkable, memorable work; I’m reminded of Tom Godwin’s “the Cold Equations”, for instance, or Elizabeth Hand’s “the Maiden Flight of McCauley’s [i]Bellerophon[/i]”. Exactly, Such a great love story. And because those with a damaged empathy never fail to reveal themselves when they read it. When I read it, I wondered if it was based on a real incident. He’d have the power and ferocity of a dinosaur, not to do violence, but to avoid it. I’d pull out a hydrangea the shade of the sky and press it against my heart and my heart would beat like a flower. Please go away. Let me say that again. This draws attention to the fact that the story is a story, the very effect that leads to some people ragging on second person. nonsense. The quality of the negative replies tells you everything you need to know about the merits of the story. whatever its an alright story. Story telling with a scalpel. I’d stare at the two of you standing together by the altar and I’d love you even more than I do now. I didn’t know I was thirsting for poetry until I read your story. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like it. She’s happy, but her heart is breaking, and this is her fantasy. Loved it! If you were a dinosaur, my love, then you would be a T-Rex. Linda Stegall. Scratch marks in the ground — not unlike those made by some modern ground-dwelling birds — give us a clue that some dinosaurs probably showed off to potential mates. From my throat, bees would drink exotic nectars. Congratulations on your Hugo nomination. Many dinosaurs were quite small: Xixianykus, for example, was only about 50 centimeters (20 inches) long. This story is upsetting to certain people. In said book, a mother consoles her child through several hypotheticals where her son is some sort of animal/creature. The inner narrative is joyously strange and exuberantly weird, but the frame story is mundane and tragic and brutal and sad and mournful and viciously, heartbreakingly ordinary. You’d be a small one, only five feet, ten inches, the same height as human-you. A Kids video book about dinosaur. -If I were a dinosaur-Hello. If I sang you lullabies, I’d soon notice how quickly you picked up music. You’d be fragile-boned and you’d walk with as delicate and polite a gait as you could manage on massive talons. That wasn’t a review, it was Twitter snark. We know the narrator is telling us a story, and we’re listening to it because it’s quirky and has a 5’10” T-Rex who is loved. . This might be my polyamorous heart talking, but if you don’t love the narrator, just a little bit, by that line, I question either your reading comprehension or your capacity for human sentiment. Here's a look at If you're a dinosaur, a sesame street parody. None of the naysayers seems capable of coherent thought, much less quality writing. Pulling the child by the shirt collar, she crosses the street and ducks into a grocery. Money would flood into scientific institutions. this is not science fiction. Feel. Are you kidding me?? It was first published in Apex Magazine in 2013. USA. I’d avert my eyes from the newspapers when they showed photographs of the men’s tearful widows and fatherless children, just as they must avert their eyes from the newspapers that show my face. There’s an inherent distance with this story that is very important to the success of its emotional impact. If you were a dinosaur... what would you be? I came to this having been primed to find drek. Well-written and written with artistry, but I don’t like what it says. Issue content is made available for free on this website via piecemeal over the two months between issues. My happiness would become petals. If I could give it an award I’d do so. All I’d need would be something blue. save. Of the three most common pets, she likes dogs, has a cat, and a fish is simply too wet! Her compassion for the families of the people who nearly killed her fiancé is so relentless that it interrupts the coping mechanism she’s using to deal with that same tragedy. wow. It’s a story about a woman telling herself a science fiction story. Your nostrils would flare as you inhaled the night and then, with the suddenness of a predator, you’d strike. asimov is rolling in his grave. View More. I would stretch joyfully toward the sun. Apex Magazine is a genre zine that focuses on dark and spectacular science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I’d bloom. Criminy, what an oversensitive crowd! this is a fever dream of a woman who has issues. 12K likes. 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