Saturday, October 22, 2011

A.Word.A.Day drabble – 5/25/10: bagman

A.Word.A.Day drabble – 5/25/10: bagman. Trying to keep it happy and sexy, but it’s Just. Not. Cooperating.

A Word A Day by Anu Garg


1. One who collects or distributes money from illicit activities, for example, in a protection racket.
2. UK: A traveling salesman.
3. Canada: A political fundraiser.
4. Australia: A tramp; swagman.
5. Golf: A caddie hired to carry a golf player's clubs.
From the literal senses of the words bag and man.

He comes in every Tuesday and orders the number 78, which doesn’t exist. And every Tuesday, my parents fill a take-out bag with protection money and hand it over, their faces expressionless. His face is just as blank as he gives them a five-dollar bill and takes the bag.

This is the Tuesday that I lose patience. I follow him out of the restaurant and into an alley.

“Hey! Filthy piece of mob shit!”

He turns and reaches behind him. I tense, but he’s holding his wallet. He adds a wad of cash to the bag, smiles, and walks away.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

worse than I thought - so behind on AWAD

It's worse than I thought. I thought I needed to catch up on A Word A Day from May of this year, but noooooo, I left off reading them from May of 2010!! What the hell is wrong with me?!?!

So now if I write TWO drabbles a day, I'll be caught up maybe six months? Must learn to buckle down. It's never too late, right?

In other procrastination news, I still want to send a thank you note to Laura Bradford, to whom I pitched at Moonlight & Magnolias, which was Sept. 30 - Oct. 2. I'm just not sure how to address her ("Ms. Bradford"? "Laura"?) or exactly what to say. It was a really informative meeting, and she was very nice about having to completely shoot me down, even saying to go ahead and send her a synopsis and the first 100 pages despite not being able to sell M/M to any of the publishers she works with. So I did want to let her know those would be coming.

On a more forward-looking note, I recently read again the idea of writing 100 words a day, but in this scenario, you try to write 100 words a day **for 100 days**. That made me think of a friend of mine who will not write on Sundays because she's fairly religious.

I get taking a Day of Rest. I don't like to work on Saturdays; it's about the only religious thing I do. BUT! I realized recently that having Shabbat (and Jewish holidays) go from sunset to sunset is pretty smart -- someone who is very strict about these things could still write every day AND not work on Shabbat if they wrote before sunset on Friday and then again after sunset on Saturday. (As you may have guessed, I'm not that strict. And I don't consider writing to be "work". Maybe if I got paid (more) for it. :) )

So who's with me, at least 100 words every day for 100 days?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

recap: Drag Star at LeBuzz -- Oct. 10, 2011

Let's see if I can make this as pretty as Bryonna Nobles-Stern makes her posts. :) Since she was still out of town on Monday, I decided to go to LeBuzz and take up the mantle of Drag Star blogger.

A couple of warnings: I know I’ll misspell names, so please let me know what to correct, and I apologize in advance for my craptacular photographs. Is it me or my camera??!?!?!!
Also, if there are blogs/fb pages/websites I've missed, please let me know!

BTW, welcome home, Bryonna, sounds like you had a great trip!

Kat was there when I got there,

and the guy sticking team stickers on our boobs was Paprika Jones, who of course looks completely different out of makeup.

Fiera Ice came over to say hi:

and she turned 21 at midnight. Happy Birthday, gorgeous!

The first contestants up were from Team Jasmine:

Evah Destruction Antoinette, who performed an awesome Ke$ha mix

and Coochie Coochie Coo, who tore it up to a mix of Halloween songs

Winner: Coochie Coochie Coo

Team MVP (Monica Van Pelt) was next, with Dynisty, who started out slow and sweet

and then broke into the amazing dancing that is her signature.
(Sorry I don't have a pic of her up on the table RIGHT NEXT TO ME)

 Lyra Lee did not lip-sync, but actually *sang* Lady Gaga’s “Show Me Your Teeth”

with two super cute vampire backup dancers

Winner: Dynasty

Third up was Team Heather:


(it's not blurry, it's artistic)

 and Nina Bonita Brown who had some help from Dynasty

They performed some cute song about cars that everyone else knew but I didn’t because I’m old.  :P


Winner: Fiera

 The last contestant was Angelique Simmonz, who was the only contestant from Team Destiny that night, and therefore was the winner from her team.

After the contestants, the Divas performed

Jasmine Antoinette


 Spot on with her lipsync AND hilarious

Monica Van Pelt

You can't tell how gorgeous this dress was from this photo.  Beautiful autumn colors.

Destiny Brooks

 Nikki Minaj's cuter sister

and Heather “Double-D” Daniels

 Classic showgirl with nine-foot long legs.  Yes, I know there are breasts, but I couldn't stop staring at her legs.  Ladies, when the judges tell you to wear fishnets, this is what they're talking about.

 then some of the contestants who weren’t competing this week

Kaymen Syder who is such a magical performer that I’ve decided my drag queen story needs a drag king in it

 SO artistic.  Not blurry or too dark or off-center or anything....

Annayiiah Lyden

Alexia DeeKay


Everyone did a great job, including the DJ and the staff. The cigarette smoke makes me want to burn my clothes after I leave, but it's always a fun time and a lot of lovely people.

Who's up for their Oz tribute this Friday?  Next Friday?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A.Word.A.Day drabble – huzzah or huzza

Today's drabble uses characters from the pirate novel, but it's rated G, which I can hardly believe myself. A post about Moonlight & Magnolias to follow later today, I hope.

A.Word.A.Day – Sept. 7, 2011: huzzah or huzza

A Word A Day" by Anu Garg

huzzah or huzza

interjection: Used to express joy, applause, encouragement, etc.
noun: An instance of appreciation or applause.
verb tr., intr.: To cheer.
Of undetermined origin. Perhaps used originally as a sailor's hoisting cry. Earliest documented use: 1682.

And that is how I shall use it for the daily drabble I’ve been putting off.

“One, two, three—”
“One, two, three—”

The sail crept up the mast in increments, Nate and Jeremiah pulling the line with all their strength after every count of three while Barnabas dealt with the slack, coiling it neatly several feet away to keep the younger men from becoming tangled in it.

He was no longer one of the young, strong men who hoisted the sails, but it took many hands to keep a ship afloat, and he’d be shrouded and dropped overboard before he shirked his duties. He grinned, shouting the last “Huzzah!” with the others.