Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs: An (as yet) unpublished manuscript by Abner Serd
This 55,000-word collection of short humor is based upon the eponymous Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs soundcast. Many of your favorite episodes are included in this compilation, along with a few dozen stories that have never before seen the light of day. Abner is currently seeking an agent to represent this project, and hopes to find a publisher soon. In the meantime, he is planning an "Unpublished Manuscript" promotional tour for the Spring of 2016. Please check the upcoming performances page for dates and locations.
Here is a very brief sample of Tall Tales & Shaggy Dogs:
Chapter 1: The Tale of Abner and the Little Tiny Man
I was eating a dumpster down at Elmer's Cafe the other day. I don't suppose you've heard of the place. It's a little hard to find, and it's not very big – being just a countertop and nine stools. The food is actually pretty good, but nobody ever goes there for the food. That'd be like flying all the way to the Republic of Wonderstan just because you like the biscuits they serve on the airplane.
Anyway, on this particular morning, I was sitting on my favorite stool in the far left-hand corner, against the wall, across from the cash register, when my friend Archie Meade burst in and said “Abner! There you are! I've been looking all over for you!”
I said "mumph." I meant to say howdy, but he caught me with a mouth full of dumpster, which is a specialty at Elmer's. It's better than it sounds. A dumpster is a kind of an omelette made of everything Elmer can find in the refrigerator, except meat. I like them on account of they're slightly cheaper than a landfill, which is everything PLUS the meat. But whatever it was Archie wanted to see me about, it sounded important, and so I figured I'd best do something to take his mind off it ...