A NOTE from the blog owner, Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike and Book Promo


First a note from your friendly local Sarah (and I’m the only one.)
I’m still trying to come up with ways to make this blog take up less of my time without actually shutting it down.  I do need to concentrate my non-fiction writing on PJM, because that pays.  Also, to be fair, I need to step back from politics a bit, or I’ll never write fiction again.  Like Heinlein during WWII I’m considering delaying my news reading, perhaps in my case to the weekend, to avoid being driven mad by the insanity striding abroad in the world with its boots on.  (Yes, I do know this is difficult as an instapundit contributor.  Perhaps nights and weekends, with nights being mostly skimming the items you guys send me?

OTOH I love the community and don’t want to shutter the blog or isolate myself from you guys.

So, I’m considering articles only on Mondays, Wednesdays and … I don’t know.  I do the story on Fridays (and promise longer installments.)  Anyone have any idea what to do Tuesdays and Thursdays? Guest posts are unreliable. I could favor you with whatever I’ve been learning for fun that week (up to and including the history I’m taking in great courses) or news of the cats, or whatever, but I need some guidance.  I’m hoping younger son steps in and claims one of those days as his own for sharing his (often pungent) ideas on culture and its corruption, but this might not be a good idea while he’s looking for work.  Husband keeps threatening to, but then he gets completely lost in the mathematical stuff (statistics, pie charts, numbers. Dear lord.) he wants to share with you, and I never get a post.   So, I’m open to ideas.  Up to and including something I write, but which is short and sweet, like a poem (or poem translation) or a picture from somewhere or something I’ve loved.  Anyway, this is almost as much your home on the net as mine, so chime in- SAH

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FROM J. L. CURTIS:  Rimworld- The Rift.


Danny Ortega was a failure. He couldn’t tolerate the implant to be a starship captain…

But Danny Ortega has run his deep space research vessel Ghost alone for years, flaky AI and all, mapping the most unstable and unexplored regions of the Rift for the Cartographers Guild. When his latest mission lands in a mass graveyard of ships, including some ships out of legend, lost for hundreds of years, the guild isn’t happy with him.

He picks up a misfit crew out of the asteroids and the games begin!

Turns out he’ll need them not just for research and salvage, but to help him keep his ship! As word gets out that he has artifacts and is returning remains, Danny finds he’s gone from chasing a prize to becoming one himself…

Unfortunately for his enemies, Danny didn’t get his own ship by being an easy target or giving up. His odd connections and crew have plenty of surprises up their sleeves, too!

FROM MARY CATELLI:  The White Menagerie.


In a court of decadence and intrigue, only Maya’s enchantments hold in check the snow-white creatures they keep in a menagerie to amuse themselves. But when Lady Tatiana arrives, and all must outdo themselves to win her support for the king, Lord Dariko is certain that she can hold in check a gryphon as well, and will hear no warnings of danger.

Her most careful watch and her most powerful spells might not save them — but nothing else will.

FROM DOROTHY GRANT: Going Ballistic.


When her plane tries to come apart at apogee during a hijack, ballistic airline pilot Michelle Lauden handles the worst day she could imagine. After getting down without losing any passengers or crew, though, she finds her troubles have just begun!

The country she’s landed in has just declared independence from the Federation. The Feds intended her passengers to be the first casualties in the impending war – and they’re not happy she’s survived to contradict their official narrative in the news.

The local government wants to find her to give her a medal. The Feds are hunting her to give her an unmarked grave. As they both close in, Michelle’s running out of options and time. The only people able to protect her are an accident investigation team on loan from the Federation’s enemies… the same enemies who sent her hijackers in the first place.

And they have their own plans for her, and the country she’s in!

FROM KEN LIZZI:  Captain: Falchion’s Company Book Two.


Running a mercenary company may be a bloody business, but it’s still a business. Falchion, now captain of his own outfit, faces not only opposing mercenary companies just as deadly as his own, and the magical threats posed by psychotic wizards, but also stingy, second-guessing employers. When his employers realize their allies in a three-party war are using them as a cat’s-paw and will likely turn on them, Falchion finds himself taking on two opposing armies, twin-sorceresses driven by religious fanaticism, and a mercenary commander holding a personal grudge.

FROM FRANK J. FLEMING: Superego: Fathom.


There are two ways to be a hero.

One is more violent than the other. And the universe needs a hero, because a mysterious entity known as the Fathom is terrorizing the known universe and seizing control. But they’ve made one mistake: They woke Rico, the universe’s greatest killer, from a coma. And he’s decided he might be the good guy this time.

But being a hero isn’t easy. Rico has to work with others (not his favorite), and the impossible odds means it’s going to take an insane scheme or two (more to his liking). Still, Rico won’t let anything get in his way on his mission to destroy the Fathom… even though there are like a ton of things in his way — militaries, trained killers, a planet-devastating weapon or two.

Once again, it looks like Rico is going to destroy a lot of things and kill a lot of people.

But hopefully this time in a good way.

Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike.

So what’s a vignette? You might know them as flash fiction, or even just sketches. We will provide a prompt each Sunday that you can use directly (including it in your work) or just as an inspiration. You, in turn, will write about 50 words (yes, we are going for short shorts! Not even a Drabble 100 words, just half that!). Then post it! For an additional challenge, you can aim to make it exactly 50 words, if you like.

We recommend that if you have an original vignette, you post that as a new reply. If you are commenting on someone’s vignette, then post that as a reply to the vignette. Comments — this is writing practice, so comments should be aimed at helping someone be a better writer, not at crushing them. And since these are likely to be drafts, don’t jump up and down too hard on typos and grammar.

If you have questions, feel free to ask.

Your writing prompt this week is: DEFECTIVE

69 thoughts on “A NOTE from the blog owner, Vignettes by Luke, Mary Catelli and ‘Nother Mike and Book Promo

  1. Sarah, you only posting on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (with a story Friday) works for me.

    As for Tuesday and Thursday, perhaps an open forum for us to post things that interest us. Story ideas, etc.

    Of course, Sunday can be vignettes & book promos.

    Saturday could be another open forum for us.

    In any case, none of us want a defective Sarah. 😉

    1. This seems like a good idea. Guest posts Tuesday and Thursday when they’re available, when not, either a nice surreal pixabay image or maybe a link to some interesting article that we can read and discuss among ourselves.

      It’s not like we ever get bored here. And we almost always clean up after ourselves. It’s been months since someone last left a singularity in the hot tub…

        1. Temporarily. The aardvark is not, of course, telling where it went after that.

          And Fluffy and the sea serpent in the minion pool are backing him up.

      1. I think discussion topics could work quite well. Over at Transterrestrial Musings, Rand Simberg has a very active blog, and a lot of his posts are just a brief comment on a news article about space flight or politics.

    2. I was going to suggest open forum days as well. Community doesn’t need a full-time leader. Let whoever feels the urge seed the discussion, or seed it yourself with a one-liner, and off it goes under its own power. Ain’t like we have here a horde of shrinking violets who never speak their minds. (SlateStarCodex does regular open-mic days, and they get… huge.)

      Could also designate a day for “tootin’ yer own horn” or as someone notes, SF memories, or whatever else falls out as a regular thing. Doesn’t need to be decided up front. Not like we stick to topic anyway. Maybe our folks whose blogs don’t get their fair share of traffic could copy ’em over to fill in the blanks — in the comments, don’t need to be official postings. [Not me, I don’t do blog.]

      I’m also good with more Blast from the Past” articles… most of ’em I’ve not seen (or don’t remember) and even so, by now folks have different things to say.

      So long as notice shows up in my RSS feed, that’s all that’s required (cuz otherwise, I forget).

      1. In lieu of Open Forae, pick two (three) items from the morning news, publish headlines/summaries of each (or the entire article if brief) and append DISCUSS:

        After all, two points make a line, do they not?

  2. Honestly, any or all of your ideas sound great to me, and I really don’t think the blog has to be daily unless you personally find that preferable….

  3. Thanks for the boost! And do what works for you, we’ll still check in everyday!

    1. I’m in the midst of reading The Rift in my not-so-copious free time, and enjoying it immensely. (Trying to do construction, and the forecast for later in the week is 90F with some thunder. Nope, better to get it done ASAP.)

      1. Is that the one by Walter Jon Williams about a present-day repeat of the New Madrid earthquakes of 1811-1812, or is that a different book with the same title? (Read the WJW one in 2000, and would really like to re-read it but the library got rid of their copy).

        1. It’s Old NFO’s brand new book of the same title, linked in the post up above. I am of course biased, seeing as he feeds me, and I beta-read it, but it’s a good book!

  4. Maybe a quick note about something you found interesting, or enlightening, or that just pissed you off.

    You may have noticed, it doesn’t take much to get us going! 😀
    “Kid, your eyes are red.”
    “You should see ‘em from the inside.”

    1. Expanding on the “Quick Note” concept, why not spend Tuesday’s on “SF Memories”? Start by dedicating a day’s topic to any (and every) Heinlein tale – reactions when you first read it, how it has held up (in memory, on revisiting), what it has meant, whatever seems discussion-worthy. Add Simak, Pratchett, any other authors, other works that interested or irked you. Call it Book Report Tuesday, perhaps, although many a short work (e.g., The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag) or even a recurring theme in an author’s work (or of a time period, such as SF Women Characters of the Fifties.) Just so long as it is about fictioin, thus exercising that portion of your writerly brain.

      Thursday, as everyone knows, is the maid’s day off and so you would naturally not post to the bog that day. Use guests, blasts from pasts, or open forae.

      Ir just put up the Gone Fission sign and leave things be.

  5. “Defective”? Oh that’s perfect. (And I already wrote this the other night)

    The Joker’s Knot was a failed^H^H^H^H^H^H [ahem, defective] experiment.

    That was not the name the builder gave it of course; merely what the first civilization to figure out its function called it. And it had been known by many other names over the long millennia of its construction.

    The Knot is cluster of black holes in close orbits. The central pair of which had formerly been the supermassive cores of small galaxies. And surrounding those a nearly uncountable collection of stellar mass objects in a complicated yet apparently stable dance.

    Every major civilization could see it; the cluster shone across the universe when viewed through a gravity wave detector. But even telling what was there was difficult let alone why it was there. But eventually its inner structure was analyzed, and a theory formed: this was a device meant to test some theories on how to break out of this universe. But from what any observers could tell it hadn’t worked.

    Yet even a failed experiment can have alternate uses…

      1. In theory this will eventually be listed in the main body of one of these Promo / Vignette posts, under the title The Last Paperclip.

        But first there is this writing thing that has to be done.

  6. I haven’t seen news of the cats in a while. Who doesn’t like news of the cats? And random what I’m learning is always awesome, as well as any I read/watched/took this, and liked it / hated it. Which can be great courses or P&P fanfic or scientific articles, as you’ve got fans of all sorts here, eh?

  7. Well, I can deal with MWF posts and T/F maybes. I won’t get the shakes or become crazier than I already am. (They’re coming to take me away, Ha Ha; they’re coming to take me awayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.)

  8. I can definitely live with M/W/F posts, or even less frequent than that if it means you have more time for Writing That Pays The Bills.

    Maybe a quick writing prompt on Tues and/or Thurs?

  9. Not being a cat person, or a dog person, or really even a people person (although I’m still not quite certain there isn’t a lizard being that occasionally animates my corpus), I think I would prefer a note about whatever you’ve been learning for fun. Although I’m afraid that might suck time and effort away from your other endeavors.

  10. “When you’re staring at the blank screen, you realize how paltry your imagination really is.”

    Well, for some of us, anyway.

    How about you make a list of topics you’d like a guest post on, and see what you get?

    Even if you got several on the same subject, they’d likely be very different takes. You could bundle them all together for one long blog post, or stage them a day or two apart for an extended discussion.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a “Blast from the Past” post every week; those always seem to turn out quite differently from the originals. I’ve read some of the posts from before I started hanging out here, but I prefer stuff I can comment on; hard to do on something that got locked seven or eight years ago.

  11. I love coming here every day, but I could live with only a couple of times a week if it comes to it. Better to have a little here and there than none at all. Take care.

  12. Heh. You could input all your past posts to a Markov chain or AI and have it come up with genuine imitation Accordingtohoyt posts. Maybe call it AI-ccordingtohoyt.

  13. I seem to recall an epic discussion/ Goridan knot of a thread that started with your shopping list. . . .

  14. “How many defective seals did we get in this batch?” Moira asked as she came into the fabber room.

    “Fifteen out of the batch,” Kevin sighed, sorting the piles in front of him into four sets. “I’ll throw them back in the hopper for ‘cycling and check the fabber again.”

    “What were the defects?” Moira stopped him from getting up from the table by putting a hand on his shoulder.

    “All of them had gasket density issues, eight of them had metal knots,” Kevin held up his notepad. “So, it’s either a laydown issue or a printing head issue. I’ll pull the organic and soft metal heads and clean them. If that doesn’t work, we’ve got two complete sets of replacement heads and I’ll check the feedback sensors.”

    Moira took her hand off his shoulder. “Pull the heads and check them, do complete detail clean of the feed and print system, and replace all the printing heads. We have the time while in multi-dee and when we get to Seelow, I’ll shell out for a complete overhaul and a full three set of printing heads. Our next run, I’m not going out with a cranky fabber.”

  15. If I had a dollar for every time we’ve told you you dont need to post every day, i could pay off my older car.

  16. Ask each week for suggestions for earlier posts to be reposted. Take suggestions, then have online vote for two, for Tuesday and Thursday. You could delegate the whole process to others. While carp is thrown by others in the community, you devote your time to productive work

    This could be the Sunday post, if there are no books to be flogged, or a part if there are books. People could explain why their suggestions were good, and what to look forward to Tuesday and Thursday. It is helpful if there is a post everyday. It keeps alive the site addiction.

  17. Hello, customer service?
    I’d like to replace my adulthood. This one seems to be defective.
    Why are you laughing?
    I’m of the mind that poetry cannot be translated. A haiku in English makes as much sense as a sonnet in Khoisan.
    That said, attempts to do so still give insight into the culture and language they’re from. If you want to make a run at it, it’ll at least be interesting. (Which beats the nightly news by nautical miles!)

    1. Some haiku express
      Depths of insight and beauty
      But this one does not.

      — seen on a college dorm door ca. 1980

  18. O American Media, you’ve lost your last perspective
    Rather than report the news, you spout partisan invective
    It seems that you know not why your reporting’s ineffective
    Simply put, and to your shame, your morals are defective.

  19. I’ll miss daily posts. This isn’t about me. I won’t go away regardless. Go. Do you. It is what you do. When you need an outlet, me & the others will be here. Lord knows that just reading your blogs and all the responses take time away from other things I could should be doing. I can’t imagine the time you must take to write the blogs. How do you do anything else. I repeat. Go. Do you. It is what you do. I’ll be here to appreciate anything you want to share.

  20. I’d say posting two or three times through the week is just fine — I’d imagine the readers here would manage to entertain themselves in your absence!

  21. “Flora, they’ve sent us a defective towel. It’s stiff and starchy, and it won’t suck up water worth a…” Sam caught Flora’s sharp glance, and hastily substituted. “Darn.”

    Flora looked at the dull green towel and pointedly did not sigh with exasperation. She flipped up a corner and flicked a tiny switch hidden under the traditional ‘do not remove this’ tag. The towel turned a brighter, grass-green, and its texture became softer. Fluffier.

    Sam muttered, “I hate ‘smart’ goods. I really really do.”

  22. Ken Redmond rolled his eyes, stared up at the ceiling. Good god, but he hated having to talk with Accounting.

    “Let’s go over this one more time. I have a broken-down diggerbot here in the robotics shop. it is manifestly not a defective part, so we’re not going to get warranty service on it. It is most decidedly not ordinary wear and tear, so it shouldn’t come out of the general Engineering operating budget. Harlan tells me it was checked out by Geology, but when I contact their offices, they insist none of their people checked it out. Someone needs to pay for this job, and I don’t plan for it to be me.”

  23. Going Ballistic is a page-turning delight. Highly recommended: Mrs. Grant just keeps getting better.

    Side note: I really appreciate her Star Trek solution to screwing the hot chick sans benefit – or even likelihood – of marriage*, while keeping the Mary Stewart-esque mating dance. The latter, handled deftly, makes every story better because it makes it more real. Mrs. Grant absolutely hits it out of the ball park.

    More, please, ma’am!

    *Considering the hell on earth so many kids live in these days because our storytellers went all in on this I have no patience anymore with modern writers who go in for it. Like communism, we’re old enough to know better.

    1. If you’re referring to the romance subplot in Going Ballistic (which I’ve read), I’m afraid I don’t quite understand what you mean by “her Star Trek solution”. Not sure how to ask you to explain without saying things that could spoil it for other people, so if you want to email said explanation instead, my email address is my first and last names with a dot in between, courtesy of Google’s email service.

        1. Ah! Now explained, yes, I strongly believe in “closing the door.” My *father* has read my books. I don’t ever want to have to discuss anything involving boinking with my father. EVER.

    2. I’m very glad you liked it! Though I’m going to have to turn in my geek card, because despite all the tie-in novels I read back in high school, the only Star Trek solution I remember was the Kobyashi Maru, and I don’t see how that applies here. I am so sorry!

      Although now I want to track down a copy of John M Ford’s Final Reflection again. I remember that it did Klingon politics and 3-D battlechess brilliantly.

      (As for the, ah, mating dances… the characters are inspired by gentlemen I have known and gentlemen I have known of. Once I flesh out the characters, whether I want a romance to happen or not, sometime I don’t get to have a say. They know what they want, they’re going to get it.)

  24. For goodness sake, write stuff you get paid for, we’re for ranting at! 🙂 Please do make sure to linkwhen you post articles on PJM though, I’ve missed a few that you’ve snuck in.

  25. Sarah, I agree with most. Don’t let the blog kill your career. Heaven knows I can’t even read all the posts and the comments as well, although I love the community we have here. I like the idea of opening up for telling old SF stories about encounters as a reader or in meat space. I find I can enjoy your blasts from the past, and that brings me to a pertinent observation.

    We’ve now all discovered that indie fiction sells best with a large catalog, so folks can stumble upon one book at random and then storm through the whole catalog.

    Blogs, I find, seem to work the opposite way. If I discover a blog, I don’t ever seem to go back and read the archives even if it’s something I know I’d benefit from like USS Clueless (RIP).

    Maybe a rotating list of links to past posts that you are very happy with would help. I find on my LinkedIn blog that I only have a few well-thought-out essays I want to share, and will be done with them long before any more than a few folks discover my blog. I aspire to be more Robert Pirsig or Joseph Heller than Louis L’Amour at least in my non-fiction.

  26. Drusilla scowled. “I don’t know about that.” She looked the medallion up and down.
    Reynardette laughed, perching on the table and swinging her leg. When Drusilla glared at her, she laughed the harder.
    “All that effort,” said Reynardette, “and you’re ready to throw it all away in the last hour?”

  27. I like the ideas of “toss in a news item or two and append ‘DISCUSS’.” as well as the ‘open forum’ (perhaps with some trigger word/phrase to initiate things.. this could be even be another Writing Prompt. Of course, it could be some image rather than a word or phrase – whatever’s easier/handy. And then if some guest post shows up, well that also works, when it can. Oh yeah, a ‘blast from the past’ once in a while, too.

  28. The woman cleared her throat. “I’ve heard that that might not be true, that there are oddities about them.”
    “Oddities, yes. However certain it is that they came from the papyri, since they obviously aren’t using gadgetry, or stem from some sideshow, they definitely lack what we would typically expect.”

  29. Three original posts a week sounds fine to me – there are lots of good suggestions for filling in the other days. Do what needs doing to keep money coming in and books going out. 😉

  30. I slid the second tray of cookies onto the patio table, and took a moment to pull the oven mitts off and enjoy the evening breeze on sweaty skin. It had been entirely too long a day at work, and if stress-baking didn’t cut it, I was going to have to resort to wine. Putting my hands to a sore back, I took a moment to stretch, groaning, and remind myself to book an appointment with the chiropractor, just like I’d reminded myself and then forgotten five times before today. As I reached for the door, I felt an eddy of air moving against the usual breeze, heard a squeal, and turned in time to see a clawed hand snagging a cookie off the tray. “Hey!”

    He grinned with pointed teeth, two stained with melted chocolate chips, completely unrepentant. “Quality control! Those two were defective. Too crispy for you.”

    I took a mock-swing at him with the oven mitts, and he danced aside easily, laughing. “Do you have any milk?”

    “Did you just steal my cookies, and then boldly ask me for milk to go with?” I gave him my best mock glare.

    “Nope! I took the tithe to faerie, and reminded you of how to complete the obligation!” He stuck out a tongue. Black and forked it might be, it was clear he was trying to blow a raspberry anyway.

    “You know, Squirrel-for-brains, I know better than to eat or drink any food in Faerie.” The smile fell off his face, and he nodded, cutting me off.

    “Good. See that you don’t.”

    “But what I want to know is, does the same apply to you here on this side of the veil?” I raised my eyebrows at him.

    He broke up laughing… but didn’t deny it. So I went and got him some milk.

  31. “He’s supposed to be his servant,” said Edwin.
    “You sound dubious,” said Carrigiana.
    “Yes. Well, he was said to have done something to the queen. To your mother, Aidan. It was supposed to make you a bloodkind and so take you from the line of succession. But not like this.”

  32. “It happens sometimes,” said Aurelie, lightly, though her gaze was intent. “Nothing of this world is perfect. The best effort to make a thing magical may lead to failure, and oftentimes, disaster.”
    “They don’t have to sell it,” said Florio.
    “They might not have known,” said Carolus. “Such is fortune.”

  33. The laborers were trading glances and scent queries with increasing frequency.

    “They’ll kill her soon,” the elder observer said.

    His companion looked startled. “Why? She’s an excellent overseer.”

    “Because that medial appendage is out of spec,” the elder replied. “They prefer their overseers to be perfect in mind and body.”

  34. His answer was emphatic, and absolute. “No! We will not supply weaponized nanotech to ANYBODY. Ever!”

    His partner had an equally stern look on her face as she added, “Your request for independent nanotech development is also denied. We will not allow any self-replicating devices outside of our control.”

    The committee chairman sneered, “You just want to exploit The People with your unscrupulous monopoly!” You could hear the capitalization in that voice.

    He gritted his teeth, so she got her reply in first. “No, we want to protect the world from your greed and stupidity!”

    He jumped in too fast for any interjections from the politicians. “You don’t have a clue what happens if these machines get out of control. They can lay waste to the entire world in a week, and make it so that nothing will ever live on this planet again.”

    She drove the point home. “The only difference between weaponized nanotech, and defective nanotech, is whether or not somebody did it on purpose.”

  35. Question Tuesday!

    People ask whether the collected Huns have some notions about an issue their works in progress have. Firesarms, historical, point of view, etc.

  36. Political commentary will be fine on Tuesdays and Fridays, Tuesdays cover the prior weekend and Monday’s responses to that news, Fridays cover the previous week and possible erumpents that may occur over the weekend. I agree with you view of world politics about 90%. Please comment (with as much in-depth as possible) on the upcoming war with China and their international supporters (Iran, Venezuela, et al.)
    BTW: current Sci-Fi might have appealed to me 60 years ago, if then. I prefer this genre to be sociological studies – meetings and subsequent interactions between humans and aliens in their environment, emphasis on the science in Sci-Fi.

    1. I rarely have aliens in my world.
      And I don’t know what you mean by current scifi.
      I write mostly space opera. Most of the rest of sf/f, particularly trad (almost reversed letters there) tend to be philosophical studies.

      1. A minor editorial suggestion:

        Most of the rest of sf/f, particularly trad tend to be sophomoric philosophical studies.

        BTW: I do not know about in Portugal but here in the USA we tend not to employ the “d” symbol to indicate the “sh” phoneme. I understand that childhood habits die hard harsh, but it is a useful thing to hold in mind.

          1. Right – thought I was being possibly too cute (an all too common wallaby failing, I confess).

            The correction was imputing the idea that most of the philosophy espoused in contemporary SF/F was of the sort that would embarrass a college Junior (although, given recent reports on slipping standards I admit the possibility of being unfair to college sophomores.)

            The phoneme gag was a suggestion that you had meant to write not “trad” but “trash” — with the obvious impugning of the quality of the genre’s wares in the present marketplace.

            Should I pull the other one?

            1. I typed it Tard twice…. My subconscious might agree iwth you.
              And no, the problem is we have a very geriatric cat who has taken to crying in the middle of the night. I’ve been so tired all day the best highest use of my time was mending some pants and shirts that Robert would otherwise discard, instead of packing

              1. “Tard?”

                You going Hillary ‘pon us: “I ain’t no-ways tard …”?

                Having no standing to remark on other people’s typing misdeeds, ah hops away hastily …

  37. Her eyes rolled as she read the title page of the galley proofs, shouting curses for all the cats and family to hear; “That (expletives deleted to protect the tender ears) dyslectic editor is at it again, just look at this, just look at this!”

    “Sam Spayed, the Defective Dog”

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