Operation Empire

This is obviously my personal site but my online content arsenal is vast. It includes Greater Gotham: Going Global, a blog about being out and about in New York City and what happens when you turn Gotham Girl lose on the UK; Fabulous Foodie, where food and food culture are served up a la carte. Last but not least, there is Modern Parlance -- home to my hard-working writer alter ego and headquarters in my nefarious plan to take over the world. It is also home to my work blog - Personal Parlance, where I hold forth on publishing, books, social media, communication, indexing, writing, education and anything else content-wise that catches my eye. 

I had wanted to call the whole thing Operation Empire but several of my friends suggested that might put people off. Upon consideration I decided that a) they were right (so went with Modern Parlance) and b) to effectively take over the world, I would need fewer friends and more minions. Applications being accepted now.

Scribbles & Notes

Of course, the word-smithing started long before the plan for world domination. At one time or another, my personal writing projects have included:

Take 2 Movie Reviews which proved indirectly that I once had a social life where as TV Rants & Raves suggested perhaps that I didn't. (I take comfort in the fact that I haven't updated it lately - which suggests that things are looking up.)

The only thing my ongoing Bibliomania ever suggested was that I needed more shelves and the patience to wait for  paperbacks. Publishing Grunt's Bible came about because working with books isn't the thrill ride that reading or buying them is. 

There were pure flights of fancy like Staving off Ennui, the Server Sees the Sights; there were answers to hypothetical questions like "what should go in a toy hall of fame and then there were the snarkathons - first site website I ever did - Alias Smith & Jones Site and the Dark Shadows Snarkathon.

Much older material is kept in the Ephemera Archives - moved to the backburner but not completely forgotten. Who knows what'll end up catching my attention next...

First, there was Instant Messaging.    
Then came ennui.


  Mix it together with biting wit and stylish 
repartee - wasn't this a forgone conclusion?

Chapter One: Wherein two elegantly bored, unashamedly spoiled and delightfully wicked souls explain how the world would work if they had anything so pedestrian as druthers.

Working for a living is so tedious. Can't we have someone else do all this stuff?

Oh, I so agree. Perhaps we were born into the wrong century. I'm sure I was meant to be pampered and spoiled.

Me too. Particularly the spoiled part. It's such a good look for me.

Yes, it does wonders for my complexion. I think we should all go to the 25 hour work week. Much more sane.

Delightful. And there should be an option about which 25 hours you want to work. Never early mornings.

Lord no!! Early mornings are out. So are evenings and late afternoons. That leaves lunch hour. I can cram 5 hours of work into one.

Maybe Mon-Thurs from 11-12:30 and then 2:30 to 5?

That's reasonable. Although I think that last half hour should be negotiable. I might need some "me" time

Yes, a little unwinding time before we go out to light up the night

And I would absolutely insist on a closed door policy. The people I don't like should close their doors ALWAYS

I'm glad we've had this little chat.

See you at the disgruntled employee meeting

Disgruntled but fabulous

Yes, fabulously disgruntled and horribly chic

Not to mention tragically cool

And painfully hip

OK, I've been inspired to do a web page

I see a whole epic.

If anyone deserves an epic tale, it's us.

You are my hero.

You are the wind beneath my wings.

I feel lighter already

Chapter Two: Wherein they touch upon what actions they will take to set the world back on the appropriate track.



How are you, mon cher?

Goodish. How are you? I just returned yesterday from Costa Rica. I'm going to see Mr. Ripley in a few

Oooohhh...how was it? Costa Rica, I mean. Let me know how the movie is too

C.R. was wonderful. Extremely humid but very nice and relaxing. Except for the family part....but you know how that is...

I hear Ripley is good but about an hour too long

Too much Gwenyth...not enough Kate

In desperate need of a good editor, I understand. Editors are so undervalued

If only they'd come to US <g> I'd set them right!

I'm sure

How were your holidays? Full of peace and love and joy??

Napping...They were full of napping. A joy in itself

Great minds think alike. I have determined after a great deal of research that I was meant for a life of indolence and leisure and the present situation of work and incessant toil must be rectified post haste. I'm going to write a letter to my senator. Perhaps my life of leisure can be subsidized through government contracts. 

Which reminds me - I'm working on that "epic" site

Oh, when do I get to see???

Oh, it's very very early stages yet. Nothing yet to see. Still on the hunt for the right look and feel.

I can't wait to see how it comes along

You'll expected to contribute!

Are you kidding?? I wouldn't miss the opportunity! If I learned anything at SLC, it was to air my opinions whether they were asked for or not. And that was what I learned OUTSIDE of class

I think the letter to your senator would be funny

I'll get cracking on that. The powers that be need to be made aware of the terrible crisis of out fair and decent liberal arts graduates in this country. Making us work at real jobs is criminal

And so unfair. And rough on hands

That was not what I was trained for! I might break a nail. It's wreaking havoc on my delicate constitution.

Not to mention my busy social life

I'm calling for a national strike of Liberal Arts Alums. It's time to Take Back Our Life (which is what I will dub our campaign)

I adore you!

We need to publish a manifesto. The world lacks good manifestos these days!! It seems there was a time -- 50 years ago or so when everybody was coming up with a manifesto!! Well, those were the days.

Well said. It'll be the mission statement of our site.

Every Tom, Dick and Harry had a manifesto. Now it's just the Unabomber and me. How do you think that makes me feel!! He's so unattractive....Oops! Gotta run. Dinner has arrived. Talk to ya later!


Chapter Three: Wherein they pause in straightening out the world to explore pop culture

How was the movie?

I loved it. Very very dark. But I thought it was well paced and you see scantily clad shots of both Jude Law and Matt Damon. (if the plot fails there's always good old fashioned lecherous ogling)

You know...I must be the only one in the world who doesn't fancy Jude Law AT ALL. Matt Damon is OK...though he's nothing compared to Ben Affleck

Oh, I think Jude Law is dreamy... but I can see how he might not do anything for you... he's not really your type.... it would be like you falling for Patrick

But he looks so....I don't know...feral. And his hair always looks like he's spent HOURS on it.

Yes, well..... he must be gay

Because he looks feral? :-)

LOL. Oh, but yes. That and the snide attitude

Oh bull, I have a snide attitude and I'm not gay....not last time I checked anyway.

You're not male, either, last I checked.... have you ever noticed how gay men just assume any halfway attractive man is gay.... you never hear, "oh, Danny Devito, now he's a fag..."

Oh, I see. I didn't realize that snide was gender specific....but you're right. Snide doesn't describe any of the lesbians I know. Danny Devito! No, no one wants to claim him I guess. You never hear any one insisting he's straight either

Except Rhea Perlman


Sorry. <grin> remember, it's early for me here

I know. And sadly....I must go an work.

Have an excellent day


Oh how californian was that... "excellent" I sound like Bill and Ted's Exc. Adventure. See... it's in the water

Hmmmm...the only thing in our water is bodies

Well, at least you know :-)

Chapter Four: Remembering the old college days

Bon jour or rather, good evening

Buenas dias, senorita

Que pasa? (how international we are)

How's it hanging, babe? (a little valley talk)

Nothing hanging here. catch me a couple of decades down the road and we'll see :-)

Ha-ha.... that's why I sleep hanging upside down. Gravity is so cruel

So, how was New Year's, mon cher

How was your millenium? My NYE was very nice. SF was a veritable graveyard. I think everyone got scared off by the hype

Quiet. I went to the lake house, watched CNN ring in the new year around the world. went to bed.

I watched CNN too. We were trying to figure out their reasoning in which cities they showed. New York made sense but then they'd show like Biloxi, Mississippi or something but not Atlanta what was up with that??

What about Granbry Texas???? I figure those on air people must be being punished for pissing someone off

Ha-ha--- "Let's send Tom to the end of the known world; he screwed my wife and I hate him..."


Oh, how I would love to wield such power *sigh*

Power...it will be ours one day. once good hair is elevated to the level of importance it so richly deserves

Don't forget divine skin and cute, cute little noses <grin>

And earlobes :-)

And a wicked sense of humor

Cutting wit

Oh yes, much better. I studied that at SLC as I recall with Marilyn Katz or was that "How not to give a straight answer..." oh yes, that was the "Evasion 101" class

Yes. Sadly no one was qualified to teach "Luminous skin" so I did it as an independent study

Thankfully, you passed on your tips to a chosen few freshmen so the secrets would not perish

Well, you know i can only take someone so far if they don't have good "raw material". Thank goodness for you! Otherwise your class was a complete loss - lobe-wise as well.

Oh we were just young and inexperienced. Our class was a vast improvement over the class that followed you. And then there was Nathan Gumley. Need I say more??

No, stop right there. If I furrow my brow any more, I'll have wrinkles! Quell Horror!

Well, he was placed on this earth to make the rest of us feel better about ourselves. I'm convinced of it. I leave for Australia on Jan 6, you know?

Did I know that? I think I did...when do you return?

Jan 28.

Oh my.

I'm running away to join the aborigines well, ok... no, I'm not... I like running water too much

But darling boy! all that sun! Your SKIN!

SPF 30, my love and I'll only go out at night I promise

Of course. :-)

I guess Australians must have terrible skin!

Paul Hogan. I rest my case.

I think it is so ironic that we burn fossil fuels and they suffer our sins. It should have been the Canadians.

Poetic justice - see above paul hogan comment

HAHA. I wish they would keep him. Why must he torment us! (wail) (tearing hair furiously)

Not the hair!!!!!...You know...they are talking about another Croccidile Dundee movie. 

I've never been driven to kill before but another Crocodile Dundee movie..... horrors..... I must run, sweets! dinner is here

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