Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wordless Wednesday — Quiet Friendship

 Happy to participate in the “Wordless Wednesday” bloghop. As a first timer, still figuring out the Linky details, but …                                                                       

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Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons, by Nagarjun — Happy Children at sunset

My Flash Fiction “Survivor” was published at Pure Slush

It’s medicine month at Pure Slush, and I’m thrilled to be part of it!

Pure Slush, an Australian online magazine, published my flash fiction story, “Survivor.” Some of you may recognize this piece, an early draft made the rounds on my blog a while back.  

“Even her laughter, and she laughed, sounded like crying. Something inside her rebelled against the notion of happiness.”

 You can read it here.   And here’s more on Pure Slush.

Feel free to leave comments, and visit the site for more stories. Pure Slush is fast becoming one of my favorite publications out there.

Comment to Post by Director of Mural Conservancy Prompts Revisit

Back in April, when I was participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I wrote a post on Murals of Los Angeles.  It was by far the most viewed post during that time period, with visitors still returning today.

In the post, I referenced the Mural Conservancy and their view on Los Angles as the mural capital of the world.  Soon after, one of the commenters was Isabel Rojas-Williams, Executive Director of the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

A wonderful surprise. I’m humbled and very pleased by the original visitors, the new visitors, and the wider attention shown by the Conservancy.

Ms. Rojas-Williams continued on my point, detailing the Conservancy’s work to bring back iconic work like the 1984 Olympic Freeway Murals, “and by doing so, bringing back our mural history.” She said, “MCLA expects to be finished with this historical restoration by the summer of 2014, the 30th anniversary of the games. At the same time, MCLA continues its restoration of murals throughout greater LA.”

A few days ago, Ms. Rojas-Williams wrote again, happy to “let you and your readers know that, this week, The Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (MCLA) will begin restoration of “Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo” by John Wehrle on the 101 Freeway approx. 200 x 25.””

 The Conservancy has a website and a Facebook page, where they describe the entire restoration process in fine detail.

If you live in the Los Angeles area or plan to visit us in 2014, please take a moment to appreciate our public art. It is some of the most beautiful in the world!

My thanks to Ms. Rojas-Williams and the Conservancy for all their hard work, and for the follow-up to my old post.  


Image credit: John Wehrle‘s “Galileo, Jupiter, Apollo,” — from the Mural Conservancy.

Double Entendre

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“Marriage is a fine institution, but I’m not ready for an institution.”~~ Mae West

Language is many things — a means of communication, the basis for thought, one way to indulge in humor. And since literary devices help make the narrative/speech beautiful and funny, why not use them?

 No reason, really. “Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.” ~~ L. Frank Baum

Like with every literary form (and/or double talk), overuse or misuse (worse, even, using it as a trick) sticks out like a red flag and sounds like an annoying alarm.

Beep! Beep! Newbie or show-off here!

Horrified, I tell you, I’m terrified — like most writers, I guess — by the sound of that alarm, and prefer never to hear its sound. At least not after a round of edits. 

But when is such a device a gimmick?

Entertainers are held to different standards — they’re there to entertain, after all — but once an artist presents her art (help me God, if ever the time comes), it is scrutinized, right?

Here is what I mean.

An Internet headline caught my attention the other day. It screamed:  Jay-Z’s List of Double Entendres. Curiosity grabbed my finger and pressed on that lovely link. And voila, there was an article — someone listing the many cool double entendres on the singer’s new album.

Since I’m interested in the device, I read on.

Here’s number 1 on the list: I’m not a businessman, I am a business, man.

The singer has his own style, however does the line fit the definition? Sure, fans don’t care, but writers and readers are so darn curious. It’s what keeps us typing at all hours, what drives us to avoid sleep in favor of a good book. A peculiar bunch of people.   

So, about the phrase — it felt direct, maybe too instructive, as if the artist feared someone might miss the meaning, so a second clause was added to be certain the adoring fans get it. The fans are immensely important in turning the album into what the industry calls instant platinum.

I scrolled down, and there was one part where the artist talked about dropping a triple entendre. The line in question: Oww/Hoes turn their heads like owls/I’m the man of the hour/Triple entendre don’t even ask me how.  The clever entry, it appears, is the play on the words owl and hour, but don’t quote me. It rhymes, so that counts.

So, did the alarm beep here? I’m sure not. Famous artists make up their own words and meanings, and do so with authority.

Me … well … I think double entendres thrive on insinuation and ambiguity, the reason I like using them. I forgive myself for this and for my love of the old rule. It’s a writer thing, (comma police, anyone?), nothing to do with the entertainer.

So, feel free to shake me out of my literary daze, or make it hazier. :)


Photo credit: Mae West, I’m No Angel trailer screenshot; from Wikimedia Commons.