Friday, February 25, 2011

I Need Friends Friday: Random Phrase Generator

(Every Friday I interview a different person and share that interview with you. Perhaps they will be a fellow author. Perhaps one of my neighbors. Maybe the bagger at the grocery store. A member of my family. A follower of this blog. Maybe it will be you! Hey, it could happen.)

Today's interviewee is a Random Answer Generator, a simple computer program designed to spew out words at random. I have no idea how this interview will go. It could be a hit, it could be the most ridiculous interview failure in the history of interviews.
We'll see.
SME: Welcome to INFF, Random Answer Generator.

RAG: Exactly tutor.

SME: I do try to be educational here on my website. Earlier this week, in fact, I posted a very informative piece about cliche romance. And by "informative" I mean "absolutely hilarious." What did you think of that post?

RAG: Label beware.

SME: Yes, I probably should include a warning on that post. Something along the lines of "The Surgeon General warns that reading this post may cause painful bouts of uncontrollable laughter." I think, though, this is a risk most people are willing to take.

RAG: Radiological stunt.

SME: I don't know if I'd call it a "stunt." Beyond wanting to be entertaining, I thought it really was an informative look at badly written romance.

RAG: More cake quiz.

SME: You're right. I usually do discuss food with my guests. I didn't think that would be very understanding of me, considering you don't eat.

RAG: Pointless limit dislike little.

SME: Okay, working that in to the conversation is going to take some effort. ...
I do not think that limiting myself to non-food topics is pointless, though I do dislike it a little. *tah-duh!*

RAG: Prompt climbing.

SME: I am doing my best to climb out of the hole I dug for myself by going with this pathetic idea for an interview.

RAG: Show sugar.

SME: Look, I'm not really looking to be flirted with.

RAG: Stopping wander.

SME: Yeah. Let's bring things back into focus. In fact, let's jump straight to the game. I am bringing in your close relative, the Random Romance Novel Title Generator (RRNTG) for this…

RAG: Pop.

SME: You bet.
So, here's the game. I ask you to generate a series of romance novel titles. We get to laugh at them. … That's the end of the game.

RRNTG: The Italian Shah's Bemused Automaton

SME: Not bad.

RRNTG: The Samoan Performance Artist's Stentorian Dragon Lady

SME: *holds back a giggle*

RRNTG: The Scottish Billionaire's Anarcho-Syndicalist Fishmongeress

SME: Huh?

RRNTG: The Mayan Deputy Undersecretary for Homeland Security's Conniving Captive

SME: Two more. Please!

RRNTG: The Slavic King's Sleep-Deprived Duchess
The Turkish Cowboy's Bashful Princess

SME: Favorite. Game. Ever.
Now it's time for your portrait.
This week I will be snatching your portrait from the Random Kitten Generator.

*grabs a random kitten picture from RKG


SME: So, what?

RAG: Sorry.

SME: You should be.

RAG: Plain rewriting.

SME: Rewriting is an option in novels, not so much in interviews.
Tell you what, let's go straight to the final question of the interview. Top 5 reasons this is the best blog interview you've ever done. Ready. Go.

RAG: 5. Window fit.
4. Entry evaluated.
3. Transformation celebrate.

RRNTG: 2. The Highland Viceroy's Lonely Marquesa
1. The Strongbadian Hundredaire's Reluctant Secretary

SME:*cue exit music* Well, this has been "I Need Friends" Friday. Come back next week when I will make another friend!!

If you'd like to be interviewed for "I Need Friends" Friday, shoot me off an email: friends at sarahmeden dot com!
I am looking for anyone and everyone, whether or not you think you are interesting. You'll get a fantastic stick figure portrait of yourself, a little promotion (if you're looking for that sort of thing) and the opportunity to tell your friends and family that you've been interviewed by SME, er... by ME!


Terry W. Ervin II said...

I guess the Random Phrase Generator is the lesser bit brother of Watson who won on Jeopardy. But that shouldn't detract from the fact that it tried hitting on you, Sugar! ;)

Sarah M Eden said...

Terry--Watson was, in fact, the inspiration for this interview. I thought to myself, "If a computer can win Jeopardy, could a computer give an interview?" Tuh-duh!

Krista said...

The Slavic King's Sleep-Deprived Duchess.


Swicks said...

my fav so far!

Angie said...

You're right. Best. Game. Ever. (Except for bad romance on the podcast. That did cause painful bursts of uncontrollable laughter.)

Maggie said...

Is the Random Phrase Generator a real thing? It might come in useful from time-to time. Funny interview!

Sarah M Eden said...

Maggie -- I found the Random Phrase Generator at this site:

roof-detective said...

What a great blog, I hope you will visit mine and be a follower, I can use the help. Thanks

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Sadie said...

That was hilarious... and fun. I needed that this morning. Brilliant, as usual.

Tanja said...

Funny stuff. Just read Ramshackle knight aka kiss of a stranger again and loved it as much as the first time. I look forward to your other books being published.


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