It’s not what you think


Rich Larson offers some insight and a cautionary warning in the wake of losing Chris Cornell. A musician friend said to me, “it just proves that money doesn’t buy happiness”. I’m not sure this tragic death proves that at all. Depression and happiness are not mutually exclusive and it is a little dangerous to think that they are. Read on…Rich Larson says it so much better than I do…

The First Ten Words by Rich Larson

Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone.

For two days, I’ve been working on a piece to pay tribute to him, and it’s been a struggle. Usually when I have a problem like this it’s because I’m staring at a blank screen trying to figure out what I want to say. That’s not the problem this time. The problem is I have way too much to say.

I’m not going to sit here and claim to have been a huge fan of Soundgarden. I didn’t dislike them, I just had to take them in small doses. I was a fan of Cornell. I love “Seasons,” the solo song he had on Cameron Crowe’s movie, Singles. It’s a droning acoustic song about isolation and the…

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seriously, the guy has a point


He has a point about Di Modica’s point. I’m not sure what to think now.

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I got metaphorically spanked a couple of days ago. Folks have been talking about the Fearless Girl statue ever since it was dropped in Manhattan’s Financial District some five weeks ago.I have occasionally added a comment or two to some of the online discussions about the statue.

Recently most of the Fearless Girldiscussions have focused on the complaints by Arturo Di Modica, the sculptor who createdCharging Bull. He wantsFearless Girl removed, and that boy is taking a metric ton of shit for saying that. Here’s what I said that got me spanked:

The guy has a point.

This happened in maybe three different discussions over the last week or so. In each case I explained briefly why I believe Di Modica has a point (and I’ll explain it again in a bit), and for the most part folks either accepted my comments or ignored them. Which…

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The Briefcase – trying to understand a travesty


Is anyone else appalled that Channel 9 has chosen to put this shit on television?  This is the same channel whose Sixty Minutes producers chose to go with the bungled Lebanon kidnapping story. The same channel’s flagship news show,  A Current Affair, has been nothing more than an infomercial for the past few years, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that they have chosen to pursue an Australian version of a show that was cancelled in the US in 2015, ostensibly because it was a ratings dud (read distasteful and unappealing to the viewing public).

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The whole premise of The Briefcase exploits families who are disadvantaged or under stress by turning a moral dilemma into a spectacle.  A family in need receives a case with $100k and then spends the rest of the show hearing about the disadvantage of another family in need with the view to deciding how much, if any, they will give to the other family.  Therefore, The Briefcase seems to encourage the disenfranchised to enter into a demonstration of ‘my disadvantage is bigger than yours’ while we all watch on embracing our (their) altruism.

There is no defensible argument for this trash and I can’t believe that advertisers would get behind it.  I’m all for helping out families in need but not through this sort of one-dimensional format.  This is right up there with the incomprehensible policies that governments come up with to ‘save the nation’ and ‘close the gap’ through parachuting in missionary-style zeal and barely concealed segregation to ‘turn communities around’.

But I suppose we should be used to this sort of unhealthy voyeurism in reality television.  Mary Elizabeth Williams unpacks the unhealthy state of US reality television in this gem – http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/reality_tvs_sick_depths_how_the_altruism_porn_of_the_briefcase_highlights_americas_twisted_relationship_with_its_poor/  where she says, “reality TV largely runs on two speeds: the backstabbing dramas of bored rich people, or the trashy antics of economically underprivileged ones”.  I think I would like to think that in this part of the world, our television execs might have a bit more class.

So I’m asking you Channel 9, when are you going to have a look at your ethics?  Is there any way that you can defend this sort of decision so that I can understand?  Is it just that when you (television channels) bid for these television formats, you get a whole raft of crap that nobody particularly wants to see but which you feel compelled to try to produce to get your money’s worth?   A situation where if you buy the format for The Voice, you have to buy the format for The Briefcase, Honey, I Overindulged the Kids and Housewives of Walmart, as part of the package.  Surely there is a choice to ignore some of these shows, or at worst, bury them in low ratings slots.  Do your programmers and producers ever challenge each other over this lack of taste and decorum?

 

 

24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear


Look at this wonderful blog post that just appeared in my newsfeed.  Whatever the fuck I want will be my new mantra when choosing my daily wardrobe.

This morning, as I was perusing through my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”,…

Source: 24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

Making Mia Relaunch 2016 Prologue


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Mia Prologue: Girl from Ipanema

Jean-Claude, the prick, chuckled as he glanced at the book on his lap and turned a page, like her, preferring print in an age of emergent technology. “Ah, my friend. You have your work cut out for you.”

“You have no idea.” He stifled a groan, wondering how he was going to get through the next few months without killing her or fucking her.

A/N: Thank you to anyone who is still waiting for updates for this story.  I have taken an extended and unavoidable break from Fanfiction. The past few weeks, I have made the decision to complete this story, however, this required me to revisit all my stories and reacquaint myself with the storylines. I have now done a major structural edit of Making Mia to realign it with the story that I intended to tell but was losing sight of a long while ago. So, with your permission and endless patience, I will start to upload the updated chapters first and then I have some new chapters to give you. In the revised author’s notes, I will try to give you an idea of how each chapter has been altered. Sorry for making you reread but it was important to me to tighten up the many strings.

In the original prologue, which I wrote part way through the Creating Kate, we met Mia and Ethan on the beach. Significant difference here is the detail around the birth certificate. This becomes important toward the end of the story in a conversation with Grace and Mia. Also, the original had only a hint of a connection whereas this one lets you know very clearly that Ethan and Mia have history. The reason for starting so overtly is that I didn’t like the pace of the first chapters when I read them all together. I’ll explain a little more soon.

I hope that you enjoy and I welcome your reviews. Cheers, Sasha xxx

Making a Commitment to Myself


Well, Sasha has purchased a new toy.  A computer that is dedicated to her writing and her work.  I know, I’ve got to stop talking about myself in the third person.  I know, I have to get off my proverbial and start writing with the intention to finish something (I’ve written a lot in the past two years but not a lot of it is ready to share).  I know, I have to complete the fanfiction stories that I’ve left hanging (can someone tell me what Making Mia is all about?).

Well, life hasn’t been kind in that regard, but I’m going to push through.  So, this is my commitment to myself.  Sasha is going to make a writing comeback.  There will be blog posts, snippets of the my WIP and more creative sharing.  I will go back to fanfiction and finish what I started.  If you’re still out there, I’d love to hear from you.  At least jump on board and wish me luck.  Now… where did I leave my pen?

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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