Drive slowly around schools!


I come home and put down my keys, knowing that today I was very lucky – and so was my son.  He was missed by something like two inches by the car of some stupid b*tch of a mom who came shooting through the parking lot next to the road at high speed and screeched to a halt to drop her kid off.

I should have got out and grabbed her by the collar and shaken her, demanded to see her driver’s license and laid a charge for attempted homicide.  Does she always drive like that?  Her brand-new little bubble car may be a clue to a high-flying but underpaid job – just the kind where middle management puts enough pressure on her that she’s always in a hurry.

Fine and well, woman, but your boss’s pleasure is not more important than someone else’s life!  It doesn’t matter whether you get that promotion if you’re in prison doing time for manslaughter.  Because insane crazies like you should not be running around free, let alone have a driver’s license!  But prison time is not the worst you will be facing if you run down my kid.  I can promise you this.

Have I never had a close shave? Yes I did:  When I had just done my license and was coming around a corner with my VW Beetle, a kiddie on a bike drove into the road right ahead of me.  He couldn’t have been older than 5.  I stopped, of course;  I wasn’t doing insane speeds.  There was enough space to come to a complete halt and then some.  I sent him home and told him not to drive on the road.  The difference?  If I’d been driving like that madwoman, that kid would definitely have been history.

I’ve also dodged uncounted doggies and pigeons and little night birds on the road.  I once had two pigeons suicide themselves on my bumper.  They fly faster than we drive, so there’s not always a chance of dodging them.  The same does not apply to pedestrians.

When you drive, you need to be aware of everything that’s around you, at all times – not just the things in your direct trajectory.  And for heavens’ sakes, where there are pedestrians or cyclists, slow down!  Those few seconds will not cost you your precious promotion!  (And if they do – why were you late in the first place?)  Around schools it’s a no-brainer.  Don’t exceed 30km/h and you’ll have ample time to stop for a kiddie who wasn’t looking.  No, you’re not an evolutionary force if you drive over someone’s child.  You’re an asshole.  That child didn’t have to do a pedestrian license.  It is you who is operating the dangerous machinery here.  If you’re really that annoyed that you have to pass that school on your way to work, change your route!

But if you are a parent yourself dropping off a kid, I have no words for such driving.  I don’t know what to tell you.  You want your kid to die dreadfully?  Because you know, the wheel turns…

We told you August was going to be a busy month!


News update from the Bookseeker Agency, our UK partners. A busy month indeed!

Originally posted on Bookseeker Literary Agency:

… and so it has turned out to be.

Carmen Capuano, as you can see from the previous update, has been busying herself arranging too have her brilliant new novel Split Decision in the window of WHSmith. Carmen actually found time to tweet “I’m so happy I am singing” a couple of days ago. She deserves to be!

Carmen recently featured on the ‘Silver Threading’ blog. Go here if you would like to read more about her and her writing technique.

1Marie Marshall has several things ‘bubbling under’ at present, so we won’t mention them until they come to the boil. However, if you would like to read eight of her poems that have never been published before now, either on line or in print, you might like to take note of this. Marie accepted an invitation from the Texas-based Poets Collective to contribute to their new anthology Collect…

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Thank you Silver Threading: Introducing Carmen Capuano

How I Wrote “Split Decision,” by Carmen Capuano.

SplidDSilver Threading, an awesome blog supporting authors (whose author is in the process of becoming an author herself ;-) ), introduces our own Carmen Capuano who is having such a rush of success with her extremely fast-paced novel, “Split Decision”.ccapuanowSD

Go and have a read, enjoy!

Review: Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl

Review: Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl


I love the illustrations!

Originally posted on The Book Wars:


NOTE: I received a copy of Sonya’s Chickens by Phoebe Wahl from Tundra Books for the purpose of review.

I’d been introduced to Phoebe Wahl’s art through my bestie’s tumblr. Her “Domestic =/= Submissive. Feminism is Freedom.” post is what caught my attention, providing me with a lightbulb moment. That’s when I started to pay attention to Wahl’s art. Such beautiful, detailed looks at nature, and such celebratory depictions of feminine bodies and femininity. The longer I spent gazing at her art, the easier it was to forget that cities were a thing, let alone the fact that I was a city girl who was sometimes scared of her body.


When I heard that she had a book coming out, I couldn’t wait. A whole picturebook worth of Phoebe Wahl’s art? Yes, please! And I wasn’t disappointed. Sonya’s Chickens was (by some happy coincidence) delivered to my apartment a mere…

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Originally posted on Nutsrok:

Billy Bob and Luther were talking one afternoon when Billy Bob tells Luther, “Ya know, I reckon I’m ’bout ready for a vacation. Only this year I’m gonna do it a little different!

The last few years, I took your advice about where to go. Three years ago you said to go to Hawaii. I went to Hawaii and Earline got pregnant.

Then two years ago, you told me to go to the Bahamas, and Earline got pregnant again.

Last year you suggested Tahiti and darned if Earline didn’t get pregnant again.”

Luther asks Billy Bob, “So, what you gonna do this year that’s different?”

Billy Bob says, “This year I’m taking Earline with me.”

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