Happy (Ancient Roman) New Year, sigh

Still depressed over the passing of Davy Jones. He was far too young and still good-looking. And I might have been able to get out to see the tour this year. I don’t know . . . perhaps tomorrow will be better. Need cookies.

If we were in Ancient Rome, not only would I be carving Latin into a rock, it would be the first day of the new year. Can we start over now and have this be a new year?

Tax refund still being withheld by wicked ether that carries direct deposit wire transfers. Living on crumbs of cornbread and counting out the beans. Waiting to hit lottery numbers. V. boring.

Also, have declared moratorium on any more Kindle books. Too many are piling up. Currently re-reading _I Never Promised You a Rose Garden_, and it is still very affecting. I first found it in the school library in ninth grade and loved it then. How many people know the heavy metal/rock group that was named for the ever-falling character out of this book? Probably lots of you. Farewell, Anterrabae. (If I use that as the screen name of a character in my next book, it will not be plagiarism but a homage. A literary allusion. No, REALLY.)

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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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