Glossary, pt 1

BATMOBILING: putting up emotional shields. It comes from the retracting armor that covers the Batmobile. “She started talking marriage, and he started batmobiling.”
BLAMESTORMING: sitting around in a group discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed and who was responsible.
BLOWING YOUR BUFFER: losing your train of thought.
COBWEB: a World Wide Web site that never changes.
ELVIS YEAR: the peak year of something’s popularity; Barney the dinosaur’s Elvis year was 1993.
OHNOSECOND: that minuscule fraction of time in which you realize you’ve just made a big mistake.
“I was cleaning out the e-mail. Between hitting the delete button and seeing a message disappear, I realized it was a personal message for me.” Thus, the OHNOsecond. In SI units, it is the period of time between slamming your car door and realizing that you left the keys inside.
PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE: the fine art of whacking a device to get it working
RODENHINEY: rat’s ass; used in the phrase, “I don’t give a rat’s ass,” which mutates to “No rodenhiney.”
SALMON DAY: An entire day spent swimming upstream, only to get screwed in the end.


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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