THE REAL LJ IDOL: Troll Bridge–Stop: Pay Troll

“Stop! Look! Listen! But we’re not at a train bridge (trestle). It’s a TROLL bridge!”

Trolls . . . often called Wishniks . . . not to be confused with Rat Finks . . . are fun! They have fuzzy hair sprouting from the tops of their flat heads! They’re always smiling! They have really big ears and are sometimes called “Wingnut.” (They hate that.) You hardly ever see them wearing drop earrings, because most drop earrings are longer than trolls are tall.

Some trolls live in the forest. Or in old-timey woodcarvings or engravings.

My trolls came from old dime stores. TG&Y, Woolworths, Ben Franklin, and the late and much-lamented (but dirty old 1951 linoleum and walls store) Sun Rexall Drugs.

They have a Troll House in the woods under our big oak tree.

They enjoy it.

They have friends over often. Tinky bakes Troll House cookies in the hollow tree.

It’s cozy inside, like a hobbit-hole.

Some say most trolls are Druids or Pagans, but at least one of mine believes in Santa!

What? We weren’t supposed to write about Trolls? But I thought. . . .

Oh . . . looking at that topic definition again, it’s about when you’re “going somewhere knowing that you will be stirring things up/causing trouble in someone else’s personal space–IOW, trolls.”

Well, I always end up doing THAT, even when I don’t intend to.

But this week’s topic sentence is given as: “Who’s that Trip Trapping Over My LJ?”
It’s a reference to the fable about “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and the troll who lives under the bridge and that “trip-trap trip-trap!” sound effect that you’re supposed to make while reading it aloud.

Still, the topic was really intended to be Internet trolls.

Oh . . . you mean those mean old people who try to bait you and mess up the online discussions all the time?

In the immortal words of Emily Littella:

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If you enjoyed this entry, you can vote for me here, ***NOW!*** [edit] *grin* I actually made the top 25, and so that’s kind of surprising/fun. The fellow Sartorias knows dropped out this week so he could work on his Real Work, which is what I should *probably* do, but I’m having too much fun getting people to read the entries. With the poll to rank them, it’s even a two-way street. Fun!

Still, I *am* finishing the mystery that I’m going to send off at the beginning of July. Anyone want to see the opening chapter or so posted? It’s a cozy starring Ari French. It’ll be a prequel to the other book that I’ve already sent around without success. I suspect this will work well, leading into the second book (which was written first.) But I always get all optimistic like this and it turns out to jinx me, so I’m not being optimistic. No. Just pretending. Nothing to see here, jinxes!


Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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