There are some words and phrases that, because I was a precocious reader as a child, I understood out of context but didn’t truly comprehend. One that comes to mind is: “bleeding like a stuck pig.”
I don’t know where I first read or heard this phrase, but for the longest time I had a mental image of a piglet that was stuck trying to get under a fence. I didn’t quite understand where the bleeding came in. Was the fence sharp? Maybe it was made of barbed wire? Who puts a barbed-wire fence around a pig sty?
Only years later did I stop and think, Maybe not “stuck” as in, you know, stuck. Maybe “stuck” as in “stabbed”? Stuck with a knife?
Then I wondered for a while why anyone would stab a pig. To butcher it?
And finally: Maybe “pig” in the derogatory sense? Like slang for a police officer?
Well, it made more sense than an actual pig stuck under a fence anyway.
I still don’t know if that’s actually what that phrase is referring to, and maybe it doesn’t matter. I know what it means in use, if not its extrapolation. (And sure, I could look it up, but where’s the fun in that?)
Okay, I have eight paperback copies of The K-Pro to give away. To enter to receive one, simply tell me in the comments about a word or phrase you misunderstood and how you came to learn the truth. Please keep it clean. I don’t mind hearing how you learned about a sexual innuendo so long as you don’t get graphic about it. If more than eight people comment, I’ll use a randomizer to select winners. Entries accepted through 10:00 p.m. PST, Monday 19 February. I look forward to hearing your stories!
I’ll be attending the San Francisco Writers Conference this coming weekend, and you know what that means: I’ll be posting summaries of the various sessions I attend so that YOU can do a kind of vicarious “correspondence course” of the conference. Tune in and get the latest on the writing and publishing world!
The conference starts on Thursday, and I’ll update whenever I can grab the time. Keep checking back!
You can get my newest story FREE through Monday! (And it’s always free to read via Kindle Unlimited.) Get it here (this is the U.S. link but it is available in all regions).
Shh. It’s a very exclusive group, you know. But you’re invited to tea . . . with a side of gossip!
I was really excited and flattered to learn Long and Short Reviews has awarded Brynnde five stars! If you haven’t read it yet, you can pick up a Kindle copy here, or read it for FREE via Kindle Unlimited!
Come listen to me chat with host Dellani Oakes on Red River Radio’s What’s Write For Me. 4:00 p.m. Eastern, 1:00 p.m. Pacific. Dellani and I will be talking about how 2017 shaped up and what our goals and resolutions are for 2018. You can send in questions, too, if you have any! Hope you’ll join us!
If you didn’t buy the ebook because you were waiting for a copy you could hold in your hands . . . Though I guess you can hold an e-reader, so . . . But anyway, here it is!
Pick it up from Amazon here. Includes my Cinderella story “A Good Washing and One Nice Dress.”
That new story I just released? It’s free today. So go grab it.
I have a new short story out on Amazon today. I’d say it’s a Sherlock Holmes story, except it’s told from the perspective of Moriarty. You can check it out here. Kindle Unlimited members can read it for free!
What if the famously evil Professor Moriarty wasn’t as evil as Holmes made him out to be? Hear his side in this new short story that revisits the Reichenbach Falls.