Let’s NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription in a World Gone Bonkers

Yes, it’s true! Tara Sparling should have been called Sibyl… 😛 Here’s her prediction for a literary-genre response to any Sociopathic event horizon you can throw a bunch of rocks at – such fun things to look forward to? Enjoy, if you dare… 😉

Tara Sparling writes

I nearly didn’t write this post. This is because there’s a new catchy genre category in town, and any catchy title which involves clumsy generalisations for a whole bank of literature is guaranteed to make me either angry, or nauseous. Not being a fan of either of those states, I’d rather not, thanks.

But try as I might, I can’t get away from a good book discussion topic, so just allow me to stash this slightly soiled, burnt handkerchief, and get on with it.

(By the way, this post is Easter pun-free. Have a happy one anyway.)

Let's NOT Call It Up-Lit: Your Fiction Prescription For A World Gone Bonkers

Anyhoo, I’ve been ferreting around in the Guardian again. This new genre category is called “up-lit”, and it’s referring to the current trend in popularity for books which focus on the brighter side of the human condition.

We’re talking about books with characters who are kind, generous, community-minded, fond of old people or young animals, and who generally…

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Thursday – A Little personal – New Arrival

Awww! Lucy and Bailey are getting a new sister! Twiggy looks adorable – can’t wait to meet her! ❤

Fiction Favorites

“Hey, Boss.”

“Hi, Lucy. How are you today?”

“Not sure.”

“What’s the problem?”

A New Puppy

“There’s a pile of stuff over there that I don’t recognize.”

“Mom is putting the things she will need for the puppy arrival.”

“I know you mentioned a puppy, but are you actually going to adopt one? Look at this stuff Bailey.”

I see it. Yeah, Pops. Come clean. What’s going on?

Okay, Girls. Here’s the deal. You know Mom, and I believe in the rescue of animals?”

“Yes, Boss and Baily and I love you for that.”

“Well, there is an organization named Dog Ranch Rescue who have as a mission to rescue enslaved dogs from puppy mills.”

“This story could take a while, so I’m going to go and lay down.”

“Okay, Bailey. You can listen from the couch. As I was saying, the rescue people go to auctions and buy as many puppy mothers as…

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Circumstances of Childhood, on #LisaBurtonRadio

Another corker of an interview courtesy of The Lisa Burton SHow with Greg Petros, the main antagonist in Circumstances of Childhood.

Entertaining Stories

Lisa Burton

Welcome to this week’s edition of Lisa Burton Radio. I’m your host, Lisa the robot girl, and we’re waiting for a very special caller. While doing that, let me ask you something.

How would you feel if you were accused of something you didn’t do? What if the ramifications were beyond serious? Would you rely upon the system to get it right? You only have so much energy and time. Would you focus on proving your innocence, or would you try to find the actual culprit?

Oh, my phone lit up. “Hello, this is Lisa Burton.”

“You are receiving a collect call from the Suffolk County Jail. Do you accept the charges?”

“Yes, please.”

“Hello. Is this Lisa? Please forgive the collect call. I didn’t know when we scheduled this interview that I would still be in jail.”

“Yes, Greg it’s me. Don’t worry about the call. I’m sure you…

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Happy Equinox, everyone!

The Mad March Hare (NOT the Easter Bunny!) wakes up the Goddess Ostara, who spreads all that yummy Spring/Fertility goodness around! She’s the reason we have choccy eggs as well – and was the original Easter diety, so let’s look at the brighter upside of more ‘resurrectionist’ Easter traditions!

Yes, today’s that twice a year day, when the whole world’s in harmony, with day and night lasting the exact same time, including the Equator, as well as those pesky Northern and Southern Hemispheres, who have polar opposite Equinoxes – Spring and Autumnal respectively… 🙂 Now, the weather isn’t exactly behaving itself in my neighbourhood, but – the SUN has been out most of the day and so, despite some snow lingering on the verges of fields and country lanes, and beneath hedgerows, we’re seeing signs of Spring bursting out. This means that trees and flowers are starting to at least bud and as the days grow longer, presumably the additional available warmth of the sun will probably mean the weather should turn a bit more clement and doors and windows can be opened to let a cool breeze into our homes. Well – you have to have something to look forward to when our ‘blink and you miss it’ heatwave shows up early, and we inevitably get a deluge on our doorsteps for the ‘Glorious 1st of June’!

I actually changed the vernal livery of the blog a couple of days back, but as it’s been chilly and we had the snow back at the weekend, I’ve put off making a Spring Break splash. Today, as I was saying, was sunny so I at least had a pleasant drive to the dentist, where I had the fastest check-up ever and was given a clean oral health bill (sadly not a fiscal one of course!) until the next equinox rolls up. In fact, my bum can’t have been in the chair for much more than 30 seconds, because I felt quite dizzy sitting down and getting up again so quickly!

Usually there’s a bigger swell on the North coast where Cornwall meets Devon!

To celebrate, I went back via the coastal route. Usually, this is dramatically bracing this time of year, but today the waves were being kind to the dog walkers, who had a dry and bright vista to enjoy, with no surfers to work around as they were all presumably in the pub – there was hardly any surf to be seen… Dogs are banned from the beaches at Widemouth Bay from April to the end of September, so lots of people were making the most of the weather, even though it was still pretty chilly.

Well, time is ‘fugit-ing’ and, for once I had to get up early as I was expecting an overdue delivery of my new bed-frame, so all this fresh air, oral optimism and vernal pulchritude has taken its toll. I’m feeling pretty knackered and need to put my other delivery (that arrived while I was out), namely my Easter chocolate stash, in a secure place from heat sources and premature snack attacks… 😛

Enjoy your equinox wherever you are, and whatever the weather is doing (or not doing properly). The new blog background is to put the colour back into Spring, rain or shine – both of which are, of course, needed to make our English gardens and countryside grow and blossom – however much we moan about it!
Here a final thought on Spring-like tendencies – it’s a whole new year now, and time to move forward! 😉

 

Views of the Neighborhood – Spring Break II

Here’s how the Gulf Coast Texans celebrate mid-March… 😀
In contrast, here in Cornwall, UK we have the snow back again! rolls eyes 😛

Fiction Favorites

Spring Break

Here is a shot of a foggy Saturday morning. A few cars and campers. This is looking North.

Another Saturday morning shot looking South.

Spring Break

The same shot looking North in the afternoon

South. The cars are two deep as far as the eye can see.

Down at the sand level, we have the Game Warden looking for drugs

The police asking a crowd to move on.

Only in Texas would you see calf roping on the beach

The Game Warden is the highest level of Law enforcement in the state.

This shot is through the windshield of our golf cart. I just had to have a picture of that ugly truck.

I liked the shot of the dog which I thought was cute.

Now we are into the heart of darkness. Can you feel the bass?

More carrying on. Notice the person in the unicorn head. “Yes, you with the green beads. Do…

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