Monday, March 7, 2016

I, One of The People

Greetings Kind Reader - 

          Thank you for stopping by today. However, I want to be upfront with you and let you know that if you came here hoping to read a witty little ramble so you could chuckle - this is not what you'll read today. 
          And if, after reading this, you decide you cannot tolerate me or my opinion and feel the need to 'unfriend' me on whatever form of social media platform you and I might utilize - then by all means, do. That is your right. And I want you to know that I respect you Kind Reader enough to not be resentful.
          I cannot believe I'm even writing about this subject because my elders taught me there are 3 things you NEVER discuss in polite company. Those things are Religion, Money, and Politics.
          Why? Because oftentimes a person might casually say something like Personally, I don't agree with So&So about such&such and I believe this&that'... so on and so forth.  It seems innocent enough to say. We've probably all said similar things while gathering with family, friends, coworkers, etc. And after it's been said there's a little lighthearted banter.
          But if the comment was made in reference to Religion, Money, or Politic
s all bets are off. The lighthearted banter falls to the wayside and the commentary can shift from spirited to downright spiteful. And when that happens it lead to rifts so deep and wide that destroy the relationships we cherish. 
          It is a lesson I took to heart because I have been an innocent bystander caught between people on differing sides. It wasn't pretty. And I decided I would follow that general rule of 'this is not spoken of' 
          However, there comes a time when I reach a point where I simply must say something.
          It is partly my fault because I fell into the silent majority. I thought sanity would rule out the madness that started out as an annoying tumor. I thought it would be eradicated in swift fashion because it was absurd. 
          Only it wasn't.
          And within a matter of months it metastasized such that it has become a Cancer of Absurdity that has spread across the whole of the United States infecting people desperate for a savior to rescue them from everything that's wrong in their lives. 
          At first the soundbites were so outlandish they were laughable. They made for great comedy skits on my favorite shows. But after a while those ridiculous soundbites became chants at rallies; battle cries, so to say. 
          And all along I thought for sure We, The People would shout 'No! We cannot have this! This must stop!' 

But I, one of The People, 
said nothing because I didn't want to ruffle feathers. 
But I, one of The People, 
said nothing because I wanted to be polite. 
But I, one of The People, 
said nothing because I worried what people might think of me.

And now I, one of The People, can 

I, one of The People,
want to ruffle feathers.
I, one of The People,
mustn't fear 'not being polite'
I, one of The People,
refuse to worry about what people might think of me. 

          Let me begin by saying that I grew up in a liberal household. Please notice I did not put a capital 'L' in front of the 'ibral' because when one throws that defining point to a term it changes from being a person who follows a philosophical ideal to being a person wholly defined by the rigid rhetoric of a group of people. 
          And yes, Liberals can be just as rigid in their definition of what it means to have 'liberal ideas' as Conservatives are in their rigid definition of what it means to follow a 'conservative pedagogy'.
          However I am not a person who decides whether or not I like someone simply because I don't agree with them. In fact, to do so would go completely against the very heart of the definition of liberal

liberal: open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
*Notice the words 'open to' and 'willing to' in that most basic of definitions.* 

          A person who follows the purest essence of what it means to be liberal-minded does NOT flat-out refuse to accept traditional values. And as a lover of words I know the impact even the smallest of terms can have. Which is why I've tried, perhaps not 100% successfully all the time, but I've tried to adhere to the purest essence of what it means to be a liberal. 
That having been said I gladly admit: 
  • Yes, I have what most people would refer to as liberal ideas. 
  • Yes, I am willing to hear your side of an issue (I used the word 'issue' because I am loathe to use the word 'argument' as the connotation is negative). But if you are aggressive or if you try to force your ideology onto me - I will refuse to listen.
  • Yes, if I feel that the winds of change have blown in such a way that 'traditional values' about a certain topic do not jibe with what I believe to be a forward way of thinking I push to have that 'traditional value' reexamined. 
  • Yes, I am big enough to admit when the way I thought would work doesn't. What’s more I will chalk it up to a learning experience and move forward with my thinking.
So why now? 
Why, after nearly 8 years of blogging
have I decided to break my vow of 
'No political posts'? 
Because Donald Trump Scares the Hell Out of Me.

Because I, one of The People,
have heard the way he openly threatens those who dares speak out against him. 
Because I, one of The People,
know that the only way to stop this madness is to speak up.
Because I, one of The People,
cannot sit idly by and expect someone to say the things I believe must be said.

          And if, by some snowball’s chance, this post should find its way to the hands of Trump and his underlings – I’m sure they’ll all have a great laugh.
          After all, I’m a nobody… in their eyes. I’m not a Billionaire. I’m not a Millionaire. I’m not even a Thousandaire but what I lack in monetary gains I make up for in moxie and spirit. I have a voice. And I vote.
          I have watched the news and have seen how every day the Trump followers become more radicalized to the Trump-Way. And if you don’t think his supporters have been radicalized
          - perhaps it’s because you don’t know what radicalization really is;
          - perhaps you think radicalization is only a construct of religious zealotry; or,
          - perhaps you think ‘I’m not a radical and I believe in him’.

          If any of those ring in the slightest bit true perhaps you would benefit from reading the standard definition of Radicalization:  

  • Radicalization: (1) a process by which an individual or group comes to adopt increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals and aspirations that (1) reject or undermine the status quo or (2) reject and/or undermine contemporary ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.
          No one, not even the staunchest of Trump supporters can deny that his campaign has been based completely on the notion of rejecting or undermining the status quo (Latin term literally: existing state of affairs). Granted that could be said of all the campaigns in this election season because all the candidates have talked about how ‘they want to change things’. 
          However, it should be noted that the Trump campaign has been gone out of its way to espouse ideas that don’t simply  ‘shake up the status quo they harken to ideas that have nothing to do with democracy rather they scream of tyranny and oppressive, old world methods.
          And if you think it’s utter nonsense to equivocate Trump to a tyrant
          - perhaps you do not understand what a tyrant is;
          - perhaps you do not know what the definition of tyranny is; or,
          - perhaps you think ‘I would never support someone who was anywhere close to being a tyrant’.
          If any of those things ring in the slightest bit true perhaps you would benefit from reading the standard definitions for Tyrant and Tyrannical.
  • Tyrant: any person in a position of authority who exercises power oppressively or despotically.
  • Tyrannical: unjustly cruel, harsh, or severe; arbitrary or oppressive; despotic. 
          Trump's words are a catalyst for hate, distrust, and filled with such vitriol it makes my stomach churn. Perhaps you don’t agree and that is fine. But surely must agree that Trump has used his position of authority as a political candidate to suggest that he, as President, would do the following:

·   Would consider monitoring mosques –
Do you understand that this goes directly against the 1st Amendment of The Constitution?
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
That literally means – the right of people to worship FREELY (as in the right to go into their House of Worship to pray, learn, and/or seek religious council cannot be restricted in any way by Congress – likewise, no Executive Order can supersede the aforementioned)
Consider for a moment a world where the US government does start surveilling mosques. What would keep them from surveilling Buddhist temples, Jewish synagogues, Catholic churches, Mormon temples … if a small number of zealots among the millions does something considered terroristic or subversive?
FYI – one of the reasons the ‘Pilgrims’ came to America was to flee England (and Holland – arguably one of the most tolerant places today and historically) was because they were oppressed by their governments in the way they observed their faith.
·  Would consider censoring and/or sue the media for libel
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
     That literally means – the government cannot impose itself on the press or private citizens in an effort to subvert or censure the right to report issues that might shed a negative light on the government; likewise, they cannot suppress the right of private citizens to artistic expression.
     Consider the notion of a United States where the press has been altogether silenced, or forced to adhere to strict guidelines that are ‘Government Approved’. Do you want to live in a place where the government doesn’t let We, the People, know when corruption is running rampant in said government? Do you want to live in a place where the government ‘guides’ the news you get? Do you want to live in a country where journalists who speak out against the government run the risk of being fined or sued or possibly even imprisoned?
     If you want to learn more about what it would be like to live in a country like that – perhaps you might want to consider spending a few months in North Korea. Or maybe you’d like to go somewhere with an ‘Old World’ flair like Russia. If you’re still on the fence try Syria. There’s always Belarus and Zimbabwe…
     FYI – one of the MAIN reasons why the American Revolution was fought AND why the Framers of the Constitution put that line about the press was because their government had a death grip on what was allowed to be said and written by the press and private citizens – and those who spoke against the King were shipped back to England to stand trial.
·         Would consider torture to get information from suspected terrorists
“In the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians, we have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before -- as a group, we have never seen before, what's happening right now. The medieval times -- I mean, we studied medieval times -- not since medieval times have people seen what's going on. I would bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” –
Donald Trump, 6 February 2016
     Just because terrorists do something We, the People consider abhorrent does not mean the United States government should do those same things in retaliation. We are NOT in the Middle Ages.
     And if We, the People, allow torture to be inflicted on ‘terrorists’ how long do you think it’ll be before the people that are tortured aren’t terrorists but people, citizens, who don’t go along with everything the government does.
·   Would consider ordering US military branches to commit war crimes
“This really started with Ted [Cruz], a question was asked of Ted last -- two debates ago about waterboarding, and Ted was, you know, having a hard time with that question, to be totally honest with you. They then came to me - what do you think of waterboarding? I said, it's fine, and if we want to go stronger, I'd go stronger, too, because, frankly that's the way I feel.”
Donald Trump, 3 March 2016
Then after being informed that as Gen. Michael Hayden, former CIA director and National Security Agency stated, “[Soldiers] are required not to follow an unlawful order. That would be in violation of all the international laws of armed conflict. [a war crime]” Further, all branches of the US military have been trained to turn down and refuse illegal orders he was pressed for a response as to what his thoughts were on that.

“They won’t refuse. They’re not going to refuse me,” he said. “If I say do it, they’re going to do it.”
Donald Trump, 3 March 2016

Donald Trump not only stated in front of the world that he supported the use of extreme measures such as waterboarding and other torture tactics but that… if he was Commander-in-Chief, the military would do whatever he told them. 
The fact that he made such a bold statement without stopping to think about it isn’t nearly as disconcerting as the reaction of the crowd who cheered his stance. A man who is praised for openly encouraging torture is terrifying.

That having been said, it must be noted that the morning after Trump had been informed as to the extreme concern the off-the-cuff remark he made at a nationally televised debate wherein he stated he would willingly commit war crimes, Trump changed his stance to…
“[I would] use every legal power that I have to stop these terrorist enemies. I do, however, understand that the United States is bound by laws and treaties and I will not order our military or other officials to violate those laws and will seek their advice on such matters… I will not order a military officer to disobey the law. It is clear that as president I will be bound by laws just like all Americans and I will meet those responsibilities.”
Donald Trump, 4 March 2016
Yes, I suppose there is some solace in knowing that he recanted his statement – but he didn’t have the eyes of the nation and specifically the eyes of his followers on him when he took back his comments. The takeaway being – those who cheered his urging of strong-armed tactics didn’t get to SEE him taking back his words. And that is a key point, Kind Reader. 

Because hearing that someone swallowed a little humble pie is far less effective than seeing someone chew it and swallow it down.
·    Would consider getting control of terrorists by going after their families
“[I]t’s a horrible thing. They’re using them as shields. But we’re fighting a very politically correct war,” he said. “And the other thing is with the terrorists, you have to take out their families. When you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families. They care about their lives, don’t kid yourself. But they say they don’t care about their lives. You have to take out their families.”
Donald Trump, 2 December 2015

All that I, one of The People, can say to this is that it boggles my mind to know some of my fellow Americans are willing to embrace such a blatant disregard for human life.

·    Put journalists in ‘the pen’ (that is not my term it is a Trump and Trump campaign term) amid rabid supporters where they are intentionally jeered on cue by Trump. AND threaten to ‘blacklist’ (as it was said by Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski) journalists who don’t adhere to the Trump campaign’s strict protocol.

When CNN reporter Noah Gray tried to move to film the protesters, Lewandowski turned to spokeswoman Hope Hicks and said, “Hey: Tell Noah, get back in the pen or he's fucking blacklisted”
Corey Lewandowski 18 November 2015

·    Use his position to suggest to people that they should do what he would like to do only he can’t because of political correctness of today.
“Throw them [Bernie Sanders supporters] out into the cold. Don't give them their coats. No coats! Confiscate their coats. It's about 10 degrees below zero outside. You can keep his coat; tell him we'll send it to him in a couple of weeks.”
Donald Trump, 7 January 2016

“Bye-bye. Look, see, he’s smiling. See he’s having a good time. Ah, I love the old days, you know. You know what I hate? There’s a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, - we’re not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days. You know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They’d be carried out on a stretcher, folks. (CROWD CHEERS) Ah, it’s true. You know I love our police. And I really respect our police. And they’re not getting enough. (CROWD CHEERS) Honestly, I hate to see that. Here is a guy, throwing punches, nasty as hell, screaming at everything else when we are talking, and they’re walking out – and we are not allowed – you know - the guards are very gentle with him. He’s walking out, big high fives, smiling, laughing. I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya’  (CROWD CHEERS)
Donald Trump, 23 February 2016

·    Create an atmosphere of complete and total intolerance for the people he blames for taking away America’s greatness –
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Donald Trump, 15 July 2015

Muslims (in general)
“They're not coming to this country if I'm president”
Donald Trump, 16 December 2015"

“Well you're going to have to watch and study the mosques, because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques”
Donald Trump, 16 November 2015

On the issue of creating a database of Muslims in America…
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely. There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases We should have a lot of systems.”
Donald Trump, 20 November 2015

When asked whether or not Muslims in America would be required by law to register with the database…
“They have to be — they have to be.”
Donald Trump, 20 November 2015

Syrian Refugees (specifically)
“We cannot let them into this country, period. Our country has tremendous problems. We can't have another problem.”
Donald Trump, 16 November 2015

“We have no idea who these people are, we are the worst when it comes to paperwork.  This could be one of the great Trojan horses.”
Donald Trump, 16 November 2015

China (for being a leading cause of US economic difficulties)
“Our country is in serious trouble. We don't have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don't have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let's say China in a trade deal? I beat China all the time. All the time.”
Donald Trump, 16 June 2015

          The bullet points I’ve addressed in this post were not pulled from thin air. They are what Donald Trump said – verbatim – and as such they are truths that cannot be denied. And if he is a man of his word, which he insists he is, then Donald Trump (if he should somehow find his way into the Oval Office) would be beholden to stick to his word lest he be called a charlatan and a liar.
          All in all, if Donald Trump does somehow become POTUS and sticks to his words then
          He would rip to shreds the 1st and 4th Amendments to the Constitution – The Bill of Rights our Founding Fathers, the Framers or the US Constitution, knew were so supremely important that they made sure to put a spotlight on them so no one could misinterpret their meaning.
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this.

          He is willing to murder innocent victims trapped in foreign land and in a situation they cannot escape for whatever reasons to rid the United States and the world of a group of radicals. But what would that say to the world about the United States? Is the message we will bury you if you oppose us? I hope not because that’s what Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premiere, said in 1961.
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this.

          He is willing to capture, torture, and kill the family members of ‘terrorists’ and enemies of the United States because he thinks that is what will get the terrorists to back off. But would it stop there?
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this

          He is willing to make Latino immigrants (as not all the people entering the US illegally through Mexico are actually Mexican) whether or not they are in the United States legally or illegally seen as bringing crime into the United States.
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this.

          He is willing to not only strip away the rights of millions of honest, hardworking, flag waving American citizens who happen to be Muslim and follow religion that has zealots even though there are violent zealots in ALL religions? What’s more, he is willing to create a database of American Muslims… who are US citizens… to keep track of them. And those citizens would have no choice but to register.
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this.

          Does this not scream of what happened to the Jews in Europe when they were forced to register as Jews? Perhaps Trump will forego the ‘tattoos’ the Nazis used and opt for tracking chips much the way pet owners tag their dogs in case they get lost.
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this.

          He will reject a group of innocent people fleeing the oppression of another tyrant. Will the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty be updated to read ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free… unless they happen to be Muslim’?
I, one of The People, cannot stand for this.

I, one of The People, will no longer be silent.
I, one of The People, cannot and will not stand for this.
I, one of The People, refuse to allow a man whose entire political agenda is based on hatred.
I, one of The People, have spoken.

And it is in all sincere honesty that I hope 
We, The People have heard 
what I, one of The People had to say.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Hello? Is this thing on?

Greetings Kind Reader...

Oh. My. God! I know you're probably thinking 'You mean she's not dead?'

And no... I'm not. I have, however, actually been really quite busy.

I know you're going 'Really? Have you been so busy you couldn't find a little time to carve out a few minutes here and there to write a blog post?;

Short Answer - Yes

Long Answer - Okay, I could have found time. BUT I truly have been busy. And yes, I've been busy writing. I've done a lot of writing. Just not blog writing because believe it or not - I have to be in the right frame of mind to write a blog post. However, as I've spent hours upon hours every single day writing and editing (then rewriting and re-editing) various short stories as well as a couple of novels, I've found that whenever I do have time that I could write for WASWR - I have a great deal of difficulty shifting gears from working with a clear cut outline into a mode where I'm somewhat freethinking.

And I don't like it when that happens. To be honest - 9 times out of 10 when I'm 'freethinking' here at WASWR, the words that make their way into a blog post are actually scripted from beginning to end via some sort of outline because I utterly loathe rambling that goes on willy nilly with little regard for actually saying 'anything'.

I believe every word must have meaning otherwise why write it down? That's something my father taught me long ago when I was a child. I suppose it helped my future writing career that he, too, was a writer - a poet - and an editor. And when I say editor, I don't mean he was a guy who sat around circling words in red for people to 'fix'. I mean he was a newspaper editor.

Yes, he did mark errors in stories only he never used a red pencil or pen. He used a blue 'markup' pencil as that's what editors used when he was a kid (FYI - my father was born in 1918) and later when he worked on the Stars and Stripes Newspaper in Baltimore during World War II. Yes, that's right WWII. He was in charge of  making sure every word of every article was clear and concise because he loathed wasting valuable space with 'fluff'.

(Incidentally, he was also in the Korean War - desk job - again with the S&S - and later he worked as an envoy for the UN to Lebanon because he could speak French and some Farsi and he proved valuable in the 'translating' department. Of course, when your father speaks French fluently and then you take French in High School - your French teacher begins to greatly dislike you because my dad was always correcting what she taught me. But that's an entire post in an of itself.)

As I was saying, my father taught me that when I write I must have a clear beginning, middle, and end. I suppose that is why most all of my 'rambling' stories aren't rambling in the sense that they're all over the place. Rather they're designed to take readers on a trip from here to there with occasional stops along the way as 'reading pit stops' much the way that we would stop on our many family outings in any one of our family's land yachts all of which were dubbed the USS Williams.

Just like my family and I would take those little treks down the often untraveled paths of most other tourists - my wordy tangents, which sometimes seem as though they take on a life of their own - always have a way of putting a reader right back where they're supposed to be in one of my 'rambling' stories once the tangent is done.

Don't believe me? I dare you to go back through any of my posts and find a story with tangents that don't bring you back to the story. Why do I feel confident that you won't find any? (And no, I did not go through and delete those posts) It's because every word I write - even when I've gone off on those tangents - has a purpose. Hence the long tagline to this blog site: When a Southern Woman Rambles... It isn't rambling. Each word has meaning, every raised eyebrow and pursed lip has a purpose, and all those smiles tell a story.

With that in mind - over the past few months when it would cross my over worked mind to think 'I really should write a post for WASWR'  my brain refused to let go of what I'd been writing about prior to what I thought I wanted to write about here. Therefore, I couldn't do it.

As in, I flat out could not come up with anything worthwhile to say. What's more, I couldn't come up with stories to tell because this spot has almost always been my spot for telling bonafide tales plucked out of my mind based on things I have personally experienced as either the 'doer' of the action OR as the silent watcher. Because  I truly do enjoy recounting stories of people being people when they think nobody's watching.

Oh, and do I ever watch, too. And every so often someone will do something so over-the-top stupid (again, when they think nobody's watching them being over-the-top stupid) that sticks out in my head as being something worth sharing with the world using my more often than not sarcastic and wholly southern writing of style.

Only with so many shorts and novels swimming around in my head over the past few months, it simply wasn't happening. If I had to pinpoint an exact moment when my mind erected a brick wall to keep my ramblings out of the picture, I would have to say it was November 1 when I found myself involved in another NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) session wherein I wrote an entire novel in 30 days. From outline to 'The End' in 30 days - which is NOT easy.

And since the end of November I've been honing that novel, cleaning it, and making it something I can be proud of. What's more, after writing and editing that novel, I've jumped back into editing book #1 of my Teen Fantasy Novel series Alden: Rise of the Eilimintals.

Likewise, I've edited my extended short 'Harlan Dairy Road' (which, I've been told would make a great 'Hallmark' movie - if - I can get it into screenplay format... screenplays are NOT in my writing wheelhouse).

Further, I've been cleaning Fly Home, Earli Byrd because as God is my witness, I am going to submit it for query. (I'm nervous about doing that - funny, I know - considering I query books on behalf of other authors all the time. Only it's their books... not mine. That 'mine' aspect changes everything)

Oh, and I've been working a few novels that might... SHOCK you because they're erotica novels. And on that note: I don't really like the term 'erotica' because that makes them sound kinky and somehow 'dirty'. I prefer the term 'romantica' because at their core are stories of romance. Stories that, if you were to remove the sex, have actual plots to them. I just take the sex from 'innuendo' to 'descriptive'. But I do not... not... NOT  write 'porn'. No.

By the way, the women who've read some of my work have had nothing but compliments about it which makes me quite happy. Yes, that's right women. Because let's face it, men, for the most part, aren't as into the romantic side of the 'erotica' genre as women are. So I write it for them (and yes, I do write it for those men who are out there in the world who do enjoy the romantic side of 'erotica')

And I figure if EL James author of 50 Shades of Gray can take an absolutely impossible concept of a billionaire Dominant coming across a virgin and hoping she'll decide 'Hey, sure, I'll become a submissive' only to fall in love with her and give up a lifestyle he is deeply immersed in over a three book series that is now one movie into a three movie deal - I can write an actual story women (and men) can relate to that makes sense and is highly sexual without being kinky.

(By the way, I did read the 50 Shades series to see what all the hype was about and hated it. Honestly, it hurt my head to read it. It was riddled with editing errors to the point that I had to remind myself that I wasn't supposed to be editing it. And, as I mentioned, the plot is wholly improbable.

What's more - the story, I feel is a total ripoff of the 2002 movie The Secretary with James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal

But the one thing that drove me utterly bonkers was the fact that James used the damn word 'hitch/ed' - to denote how characters would have a 'catch' in their breathing - so damn much I found myself thinking if only I had a shot glass and some vodka, it would make one hell of a good drinking game to throw one back for every friggin' time I read the word. Needless to say, I was NOT impressed. But hey, she made oodles of money and she probably doesn't really care what one rambling woman in Texas has to say about her inability to pick up a damned thesaurus -- or to use the one built into her word program -- to find a different word than hitch!)

As you can tell, I've had a lot on my mind. Blogging simply hasn't been one of those things. No, that's not true - I mentioned it did cross my mind occasionally. It just didn't cross it enough to do anything about it until today...

So why today?

Because I came across a blog written by someone who mentioned in one of their posts that the average blog lasts about 5 years and I thought to myself 'does this mean my WASWR site is fading away from me?'

No. It doesn't. Perhaps that blogger has been reading the wrong sites because I've been blogging here since April 30, 2009 and today's date is February 17, 2016. That's OVER 5 years. What's more, one of my blogging buddies, Glen Staples, has been blogging since May of 2009 at ( He's a great guy based in England. He was even part of the international blogging group I started called Real Bloggers United. And another blogging friend of mine, Pierre LeRoux-DuPisani, ( who is based in South Africa has been blogging since January of 2009.

We are three bloggers who have defied the odds of blogging according to the statistic that I read on the site of the blogger who made the comment and I want to keep defying those odds. I want to blog here at WASWR 8, 12, 15 years... I want to be the one who laughs in the face of the statistic.

And that Kind Reader is why I decided TODAY was the perfect day to post something here. But don't get all wound up and excited - it doesn't mean I'll be here blogging like a loon. It's truly something I can only do when I have the time.

So keep your eyes open for the NEXT post - which I hope will be in a few weeks (I'm giving myself a good spread of time!)

Until then, be good to one another. And that's all I've got until next time!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Sitting in My Nest at Twitter

Greetings Kind Reader,

Whoa, I know - here I am... again, and it's only been like a week since my last post. You know, if I keep up at this rate, it might actually start looking like I'm blogging again - as in really blogging - where I tell humorous stories that aren't sophomoric (hey, I've got to have a standard - and if it isn't intelligent humor - I'm just not that into it) on a fairly regular basis.
Oh, Twitter - My Twitter (really, that's my Twitter page!)

But enough of my idle chatter (a.k.a. rambling) it's time to get to the heart of this post which has to do with me and my tweeting.

If you read my last post, you know that for the last couple of weeks I, along with thousands of people around this big blue marble floating in space, have been trying to bend the ear of the programing executives at Netflix in an attempt to save a television show we absolutely love called Dominion.

(Seriously, Dominion is a great show - in fact, my mother - who is 74 and has not got the world's greatest memory - can tell you not only what the show is about but can also recount specific details of he show. My mother is only like that with a couple of other shows, one of which is The Walking Dead. Yes, apparently my mom has a thing for angels and zombies. Strange. But then again, I suppose if a post-apocalyptic show can engage my elderly mother - that has to say something about not only the writing but also the direction and acting.)

Moving right along -

As I've been 'doing my little part' to help Dominion find a new home - I've found myself becoming immersed in the Twitterverse. Incidentally, I've actually had a Twitter account since 2009 and it's only been in the past few weeks that I've started to use the darn thing. Perhaps I'm a little slow on the uptake or maybe when I first started using it - I didn't think I could cope with the 140 characters thing. (Hey, so I ramble - I figure the title of the blog is enough of a warning to readers)

For a while I did a series of 'about goofy things. I had #101Reasons2AvoidPoliticians series of really snarky tweets I was doing where I was working my way backwards from 101 and only made it to 54 because I got so frustrated with politicians that I had to step away from Twitter or else I was going to start getting so frustrated I was going to say things that actually pointed directly to my political POV.

Then one day I realized I had over a thousand tweets that I'd 'made' only I didn't actually make them and I was like 'What the hell? Has someone hijacked my account?' Well, no, not exactly. Somehow I'd connected my Twitter account to my Facebook account and whenever I'd post something to Facebook, it wound up on Twitter - which was weird, to me.

Because, if I'm Facebooking, I want to FB there. And if I'm #'ing whatever is on my mind over at Twitter - I like to do it there. So, I changed the setting and now when I am FBing, I do it there. And when I #whatever, it's done at Twitter. (You know, now that I read that whole thing back - I have the strangest feeling that I need to go take a shower or something because - well, just because.)

Son of a Goat Herder - I went on a rambling tangent, sorry! Back to whatever the hell it was that I was going on about before I wrote a pseudoerotic paragraph about Facebook and Twitter...

Ah, yes, I was talking about being active at Twitter as a way to help save Dominion. While I've been tweeting away with #Netflix and #Dominion, I've not only found myself involved with a cause (yes, there are those who might wonder Why? It's just a television show - but I'll bet if HBO said 'FYI, we're cancelling Game of Thrones' you or someone close to you'd be all up in HBO's business and tweeting like your child had been ripped from your arms) but I've also become (virtually) acquainted with folks from hither and yon.

Honestly, I'm amazed at the warm spirit of all the people who've been tweeting their fingers off for the show we love and want to save because it's a pretty cool concept. What do I mean by 'warm'?

I mean - so far, I've not seen any aggressive, angry, 'Hey, F-you up one side and down the other SyFy for cancelling the show' and that's kind of nice because there have been many 'causes' I've felt a desire to promote only I don't want to be associated with mean, spiteful, negativity I often see in association to 'cause' campaigns.

That's totally not cool with me. Nope. Not that my inner "hold up-what did you just say?" bitch doesn't want to come out and beat the daylight out of people who dare to cross my path when I'm in 'a mood' about something. She does. Oh, she does. But I'm able to rein her in with humor and a quick, cerebral comment that usually leaves the person who ticked me off confused.

And that's why I've been happy to be a part of the Twitter campaign to save Dominion (and yes, I'm hoping that by mentioning the name repeatedly you'll be subliminally enticed to check it out). Heck, I've even been inspired to write two posts where the 'heart' of the posts have been about saving the show. Trust me, that's huge in my world because rarely do I ever write about things outside of the observation/humor/history style that is my 'thing' here at WASWR.

So to those of you who've been so kind at Twitter, thanks. Hopefully, we'll be heard because we aren't being aggressively angry ... rather aggressively positive.

With that, I think I've said what I needed to say - well, aside from 'Hey follow me at Twitter' 

Gotta get back to my 'serious self' and actually do some more writing.

OOH - I just realized as of this post being published, I'm only 3 tweets away from 2K tweets. (Yeah, so about 700 were probably pulled from Facebook and I shouldn't technically count them as 'true tweets' but, come on, I'm all about seeing the glass half full - even if I can be extremely sarcastic, sassy, and snarky when the mood strikes me) You know, I'm beginning to think: