This & Thats…

Thing the first:

Ladybug speaketh–she says, “Crap”, “Damn” and “Shit”. At first we thought she was babbling, but once we figured out what it was she was saying, Mate was jumping up and down with agitation.

“See!” He crowed. “The little shit’s been cursing at me for WEEKS!”

Thing the second:

I’m done with the Green’s Hill short–I really like it. It’s M/M, erotic, and a little raw. My characters are tough guys, and it just does something to me when the softest line in the story is “I love you, you dumb motherfucker.” Roxie, let me know when you’re ready for it, darling, and anyone else who would like to take a look, give me input, and, uhm, maybe some ideas of what to do with it? I’ve got some ideas that I’ll run by you next time, but right now? I’m at a loss.

Thing the third:

I need to go back to work–I couldn’t access my documents, and besides playing with the new software and figuring out what in the hell I was doing with it, that was the thing I went on campus for. (That and decoration. The kids helped me with decoration and I have to go fix it. At present, there’s a line of words that says “WE CAN Be HEROS” slanting upwards at a 45 degree angle. Nice.) I also have to print out my new quotes–I’ve got some good ones this year:

TWO HITS: REVENGE (Big T’s contribution)





And another one I’ve forgotten, that I was really proud of:0)

Thing the 4th

I’ve been going to water aerobics all summer, and the older women there are always impressed by the fact that I knit while I wait to stop dripping. The last time I was there I was working on (what else?) a sock, and the yarn had gotten really snarled. This one woman came up to talk to me and she was… well, hyperactive. I mean, seriously fluttery. And as I was knitting, she saw the snarl, stuck her hands in my knitting bag, and started to pluck at it, like a bird at a bug. I kept talking to her, feeling a little like she had invaded my privacy…I mean, I got the same feeling when my stepmom fixed my underwear in public when I was fourteen. But then I was ready to pack it up, and she smiled at me sweetly and gave me back a perfectly un-snarled little puff of yarn.


Thing the 5th

The Cave Troll has discovered boogers. Wonderful age. Why did I have children again?

And we’re going on vacation next week, and then I’m starting school–if you don’t hear from me for a while it’s because I’ve run screaming from a hotel in San Diego, with my hair on fire and my panties in a jumbo sized bunch. If you all could explain things to the authorities, I’d be much obliged.

Thing the 6th

Thank you again for your good thoughts about my student. It’s going to hurt a while–but you all really helped. I thought it bore repeating, simply because I’ve learned never to take things for granted. You know, like friends.

Love you all–

Shannon McClellan/Shanny Mac/Amy Lane

0 thoughts on “This & Thats…”

  1. Danielle says:

    I always loved your wall quotes! Fun to hear you’re getting ready for a new year. Enjoy your last hurrah before school starts!

  2. Louiz says:

    Boogers: Kathryn says “Dat’s not yucky mama, day’s nice!”

    And the short? memememe!

  3. roxie says:

    Next week I will be driving myself to send out manuscripts to agents (yes, two want to see Sanna and I have two leads for the western) so do NOT distract me with your Green short or I will fall into it and wallow in pleasure and envy because you write so damn well, then beat myself up for my appalling lack of discipline, then give it all up for a bad Idea and eat a bag of Lindor balls because whatthefuckdoesitmatteranyway, then go curl up with the tv and self-loathing until my naturally sunny nature reasserts itself, and then I will STILL have to get those querries and samples sent out . . . So how about the week after next? What a marvelous carrot to entice me to good work!

  4. Galad says:

    Kids are endlessly entertaining aren’t they? They don’t tell you about the booger stage in the parenting books.

    Love the wall quotes – I’d want to come to your classroom just out of curiousity.

    I’d love to read the short if you need an extra person.

    Have a wonderful vacation, know you’ll be missed on the blog and hopefully you won’t run screaming from the hotel (or if you do it’s a great You Tube clip 🙂

  5. Donna Lee says:

    My favorite teacher ever had quotes on the walls that changed daily/weekly. I was inspired to start a book and write the ones down that spoke to me. I have such fun rereading them now, some 35 years later. Oh, and have a great vacation, hair afire and all.

  6. My favorite has alway been: “Nuke the planet from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.”

    Enjoy the trip and I’ll be watching Google News for your breakdown.

  7. Julie says:

    Never fight a land war in Asia.

  8. TinkingBell says:

    Love the quotes (and the land war in Asia has to be there!)

    Try some of the wonderful Heinlein ones – always tell her she is beautiful – especially if she is not; secrecy is the beginning of tyranny; be wary of strong drink – it can make you shoot tax collectors – and miss!; never try to outstubborn a cat; yield to temptation – it may not pass your way again (although on second thoughts maybe don’t use that one in school); Everything in excess – take big bites – moderation is for monks!

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