Who’s Got the Button?

OMG. The power plays and the media circus around the latest P. H. decision (to throw her back in the slammer for 42 days of hard time) . . . well, you have to wonder how much longer compassion and reason will be part of anyone’s vocabulary. At this point, it’s the judge yelling that his “stick” is bigger and that he’ll SHOW them he’s more powerful, dammit, and fairness be hanged. The woman who’s at the center of this didn’t really do anything to irritate the judge, yet he’s taking out his anger on her and on the media. The usual media circus has outdone itself this time, and one reporter has gone to the hospital after police tossed him off of the car carrying family of the prisoner. We’re becoming increasingly by-the-book legalistic, which is what happened in the USSR and what we said would Never Happen Here.

Don’t wanna go out there. Better to just remain in this ivory tower and study the classics.
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Stories gotta grab readers fast

Mark Twain defends Walt Whitman (and by extension George Carlin and Chris Rock) by saying the Bible is far dirtier
(Via 3quarksdaily)
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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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