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...
particurarly - A party with curare party favors, which nobody survives.
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."
"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?"
Folks in Louisiana may not be as smart as some, BUT they aren't as dumb as most.
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.