The class was given the assignment of adding one sentence to the following statement to make a complete story: —For reasons never explained, the Devil had him sign the document in penguin blood.—
5 students received gold stars. Here are their additions:
1. Then they had cupcakes.
2. Surprisingly, a cold wind blew them to Heaven.
3. The Devil’s wife shrugged and wielded her battleax.
4. At last he had health insurance.
5. On mountain tops everywhere, yetis danced in victory.
Lightning Man’s alter ego was indeed a female attorney in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Lightning Man’s alter ego is:
a. Miles Beefsteak, ill-mannered lonely hearts columnist for a pathetic small town news rag.
b. Champ Follansby, egotistical gladhanding salesman employed by a shady used car dealership in Saugus, California.
c. Red Scuff, sweet-talking middle reliever for a minor league baseball team, the Beerfield Undertow.
d. Natasha Graywolf, nattily attired personal injury lawyer in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
moans and groans
it’s all in a day’s work for the happy bludgeon
Is it safe yet?
Say hello to Ruth. Hello, Ruth. After L. Frank Baum died, Ruth was chosen to carry on with the Oz stories, and so she did, turning out an Oz book a year through the 1920s and 1930s. One of her tales, The Gnome King of Oz, was a particular favorite of mine when I was eleven. She loved adverbs, as well she should have with the middle name of Plumly. There, that’s it. Plumly. Plumly, my new character named in her honor, will soon appear.