I feel a SIN coming on

There are no consequences for mistakes/misdeeds if you just have enough money and influence.

That plagiarist teen goes on to be a lawyer


I suppose you’re going to say that I’m simply jealous because if *I* had gotten that book deal, you can bet your Mary Margaret McBride Guide to Perfect Behavior that there wouldn’t have been any passages copied from anyone except Dennis (grin). I’ve been working towards a book deal for the better part of *bleep* years, since I was in fourth grade and my best friend Theresa and I wrote a parody of THE GODFATHER (illustrated, yet!). What a waste. And then she just blithely goes on to law school so she can use her talents for lying and stealing to make lots of money.

Why, yes, this IS the sin of envy. *sigh* I told you in the subject header that I felt a sin comin’ on.

Tell me about someone who needed a break and got one. I need to hear it. Where are the “. . .And Ladies of the Club” authors today? Helen Hooven Santmeyer worked with an editor on that one, but every night she’d go back and restore most of the passages they’d taken out during the day–and the book went on to be pubbed at a kajillion words and became a best-seller. Santmeyer was in her nineties and living in a nursing home when she typed it . . . on a big ol’ typewriter, if I remember correctly. Now, THAT is a heartwarming story of success.

Whatever. I’m now searching for a shocking hobby or occupation to take up so I can blog about it and get a book deal out of it. A New York taxi driver who started a blog had two literary agents emailing her within a few months of starting the blog, and her book has been out for a while now. You see the success of the “I Can Haz Cheezburger” genre. There are so many bloggers whose books are **YAWN** boring. Somehow it was way more interesting written as a blog with photos and sketches and such.

My tentative title for the blog will be “Confessions of a Streetwalker.” It’s all about how I walked up and down the streets of Richardson picking up dropped pennies and other detritus off the sidewalks. Think it’ll take very long to get a book deal out of it?



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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