Progress–Day 1

1354 / 50000 words. 3% done!

I still know it’s crazy to do this, as I have no hope of getting it published in any legitimate forum. But the story intrigues me, and I like it when the sisters get to bantering. Who knows how I’ll have the magick work in this one? We’ll find out.

Resistance is futile! When it’s inevitable, relax and enjoy it. Why not just say, “Hooray for Election 2008, no matter how it turns out!”?
I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords.
And, frankly, why vote for a *lesser* evil? Bwaa-ha-ha.

But if you wonder whether there’s ever been an election like this one . . . there has. Election ’08!

William Jennings Bryan vs William Howard Taft, in 1908.

Taft had the advantage as Teddy Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor. Bryan suggested that there should be a federal deposit insurance program to protect depositors in banks–what we have now as FDIC insurance up to $100K per account. But Taft said banking was all about reputation, trust, and assurances, and that would impugn the poor little honest bankers just because of a few rotten eggs. However, if they had taken Bryan’s suggestion in 1908, there might have been far fewer suicides in 1929 after the bank failures. I see Bryan as the Hillary Clinton of his generation, as he couldn’t get elected for sche*sse, but people later took all his ideas and represented them as THEIRS and used them. **grin**

I was SO thrilled to hear Bryan’s voice and Taft’s voice this morning (off the original Edison-made cylinder recordings used in theirs, the first mass-media Presidential campaigns) on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED! I did a research project during my AP History year on Taft/Bryan (as well as one on Henry Clay and one on the Lincoln/Douglas debates; why, then, didn’t I get a 5 on that exam? Because the exam asked for dates and exact dates, not for trends and in-depth studies. They cared not that I knew about Taft getting stuck in the White House bathtub. Pfft. I did get a 5 on the AP English exam, however. And a 4 on AP French. So there.) You can read about everything I learned back then and MORE–even hear the candidates from a century ago!–on the NPR website. Go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96390250. Fascinating! History repeats itself. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. And so forth.

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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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