How seriously should we take what I say?

Everything I write here (outside of established facts such as “Abraham Lincoln served as our sixteenth President” and such), you may question, and I will answer. Don’t leave with the impression that everything’s carved in stone (except my declarations of love for Jerry Lewis, Bobby Darin, and Micky Dolenz.) Well, maybe the punctuation and grammar stuff. But most everything else is up for discussion.

“No statement I make . . . should be interpreted as final and definitive. One or two of them may sound final and definitive . . . but I won’t regard them as such tomorrow, and I wouldn’t like you to do so today.”–playwright Harold Pinter

“If you can corner an editor in a stairwell and correctly answer his three riddles and pick the hand with the bean in it instead of the leaf, you will be published.”–Internet rumor mill

“We don’t see things as they are: we see things as we are.”–Anais Nin

“Fiction is the truth of the very dark.”–Greg Bear

“All fiction is fantasy.”–Wise woman of Ladenia

“Fantasy is a sin.”–The Preacher from “Night of the Hunter” (He never says it in the book or the screenplay, but he said it off the record, I’m sure.)

“It ain’t no sin if you crack a few laws now and then, just so long as you don’t break any.”–Mae West

“When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.”–also Mae West


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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