Thursday, May 17, 2007


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Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell has filed a libel suit against author Leslie R. Sachs (subsequent to a 2000 injunction) and is asking a federal judge to bar him from posting defamatory messages about her on the Internet. (Gee, this sounds familiar.) Sachs counter-claims a bit of plagiarism and calls the lawsuit "hilarious."

Cornwell's complaint alleges that Sachs refused several requests to remove stickers placed on his book alluding to plot rip-off and demands that he stop making such statements about her. Sachs also published claims on two Web sites that the plot of Cornwell's 2000 book, "The Last Precinct," mirrors his book.

This ought to get interesting.

I wouldn't mind becoming well enough established as a writer that someone would consider me a big enough threat to sue (that is not an invitation). Or so I say now. I'm sure that I would mind very much, in fact, if such a thing were to happen. I suppose I would fare better to concentrate on accepting what is and stop agonizing over what is, what was, and what will never be again. And let me tell you, that is frigging easier said than done. But it can be done.

News Flash From the Music World: Bo Diddley, 78, is in Intensive Care after suffering a stroke yesterday.

I declare this Anti-Dressup Thursday, since I wore jeans today.

Onward, to the dogged doggerel of...

Twisted Linguistics

particurarly - A party with curare party favors, which nobody survives.

sutiable -

perminantely - According to the... Oh, hell, I don't know. What do y'all think it is?

tweeking my chapters - Something obscene that we're not going to discuss.

part of a click - All you can do with a broken mouse.

whynners - People who won't do anything without first asking why.

Boudreaux was stopped by a game warden in South Louisiana with two ice chests full of fish, leaving a bayou well known for its fishing.

The game warden asked him, "Do you have a license to catch those fish?"

"Naw, ma fren, I ain't got none of dem, no. Deez here are my pet fish."

"Pet fish?"

"Ya. Avery night I take deez here fish down to de bayou and let dem swim 'round for a while. Den I whistle and dey jump rat back inta dis here ice chest and I take dem home."

"That's a bunch of hooey! Fish can't do that!"

The Cajun Boudreaux looked at the game warden for a moment and then said, "It's de truth, ma' fren. I'll show you. It really works."

"Okay, I've GOT to see this!"

Boudreaux poured the fish into the bayou and stood and waited. After several minutes, the game warden turned to him and said, "Well?"

"Well, what?" said Boudreaux.

"When are you going to call them back?"

"Call who back?"

"The FISH!"

"What fish?"

Folks in Louisiana may not be as smart as some, BUT they aren't as dumb as most.

Superstition Trivia

Did you know that:

- Seeing an ambulance is very unlucky unless you pinch your nose or hold your breath until you see a black or a brown dog.

- It's bad luck to put a hat on a bed.

- If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant.

- A swarm of bees settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down.

- If you say good-bye to a friend on a bridge, you will never see each other again.

- If your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family. If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

- It is bad luck to cut your fingernails on Friday or Sunday.

*Disclaimer: I am not superstitious. I like black cats, will do anything any day of the week, and love Friday the 13ths. I bitch and moan a lot about full moons, and they do have a physical effect on me, but I ain't skeered of 'em.

You Can Change Your Life, But It Won't Be Easy

You really, truly want to change. You're just not sure that you can do it.
You need a solid plan, supportive friends, and a strong will.
Think about times you've made hard changes, and what you did to get through them.
A change is in your future - you just need a little help getting started.


Roxan said...

In that case I'll stay in my pjs for a bit longer.

Kanrei said...

You are now offically sued. Your last "Dear TWIT" letter was very close to an actual letter I sent to, mother the other week. I do not enjoy my private thoughts being syndicated without proper payment.

Paris Hilton's lawyer will be in contact with you soon I think...

Steve G said...

Serena, I'll make you a deal, if we can find a couple of pro bono lawyers. You claim my unpublished novels were rip offs. I'll claim that you're bad mouthing me. If our names can get bantered about, perhaps some publisher will jump on our bandwagon. Either way, we can share the fame and fortune. What do you Too much coffee this morning, I guess.

Serena Joy said...

I may stay in my PJs tomorrow, Roxan. If I'm feeling sadistic, I'll take a picture.:)

Oh, goody, Kan. I think I love getting sued. Better get a better lawyer, though -- Paris's is a wuss. I'm pretty sure I could hurt him.:)

Serena Joy said...

Hell, yeah, I'll do it, Steve. Make a list of all the nasty things I said about you, and I'll put sticky notes on my pages that you plagiarized. Look out, NYT Bestseller List, here we come. LOL!

Corn Dog said...

I'm w ith Roxan. It's 12:30 and I'm still in my pj's. Even in jeans you look fabulous. When I am in jeans I look like grunge.

I could not take the quiz because I could not answer any of the questions. hmmm, bad sign

Amazing what people will sue you for this days!

Serena Joy said...

CD honey, I looked like grunge today. Trust me. You and Roxan and I are staying in PJs tomorrow -- we'll have a party.

For now, I'm just in and starving to death. I'm thinking of eating ice cream for dinner. And now that my work week is over and I'm about to become bored to death, I'm going to go see if there's such a thing as -- with pictures. LOL.

Winters said...

Thanks for your visit and your kind comment.

And what a great post for me to land on here. Twisted linguistics is great!

Serena Joy said...

Thank YOU, Winters. I'm going to go back and listen to John Lee while I read more of your site shortly.

tfg said...

I get plagiarized all of the time. It irks so much whenever I read that someonce has stole: "For a good time, call XXX-XXXX."

Serena Joy said...

Sue the bastards, T. I'll share my free lawyer with you, the one who's not a wuss and ain't scared of Paris Hilton's lawyer. And ... unlike Paris, WE won't be going to jail.

Lee said...

No point anyone trying to sue me...I've no money to give them.

Serena Joy said...

I have none, either, Lee, so I guess I'd better behave.

ThatGreenyFlower said...

SJ, you are a doll!

My Blogthing said I can change...but why???

Hale McKay said...

If we post the same thing under different names on different blogs, is that plagiarism? If so, guilty.

Serena Joy said...

You're a doll for saying that, Greeny. I don't know why you -- or I -- would want to change, either. Some people need to change, but not anybody WE know.:)

Now you have me wondering, Mike. If I forget I've used something on one site and use it on another, do I have to sue myself?

December Quinn said...

Oh, no, Bo Diddley!

I did know about the nail cutting. :-)

NYD said...
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NYD said...

Guess who?
Ack! I hate finding typos after I push the button....

Hey I love the sumo pups but you were describing a cat fight below it. I plan to redesign my blog to look just like Ms. Cornball's then try to make a fast buck off of her.

Tried going through all the Dear Twit stuff. lots to catch up on.

Like the snapshot, but then again everyday is anti-dressup day for me.

Mark Base said...

Did you know that, here in Sweden, many people think it's bad luck to put a bunch on keys directly on a tabletop? It's OK if it's on a book or a wallet or whatever, but directly on the table - Oooohhh, look out.

There's also that superstition that if you light a cigarette from a candle, a sailor will drown (or a ship will sink or something). I've had a few people freak out at me about that one as well. Helsingborg's a harbour city; quite a few people are (or know) sailors.

And did you know that if you leave the toilet seat up, a Swedish woman will beat you up? This is not just superstition either; I've actually known it to happen.

Serena Joy said...

I know, December. Sad.

Hey, NYD. Sometimes I get confused with cats and dogs. LOL. Let me know if you need any help designing the Cornball site. Hang on, today is ULTRA anti-dressup day. I slept over 9 hours, feel like a zombie, and just may stay in my bathrobe all day.

Hello, Mark, it's so nice to see you. I don't think I've ever drowned any sailors, but I couldn't swear to it. I don't swear to anything any more. I do completely understand the logic of the woman v. toilet seat, and it's definitely not superstition.:)