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Working Stiffs
Carol Novack, Editor and Publisher
Debra DiBlasi, Guest Editor
Matt Maxwell, Editor
Elizabeth Smith, Editor
Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Tantra Bensko, Art Editor
DK McDonald, Art Editor
Peter Schwartz, Art Editor
X-8, Art Editor
 
 
Suchoon Mo, Music Editor
Don Bergland, Director of Digital Multimedia Fusions
Amy Marie Bucciferro, PR Director
Peter Dolack, Editor
Marja Hagborg, Cartoon Editor
Liesl Jobson, Editor
Steve Kane, Editor
Guthrie Lowe, Music Editor
Marc Lowe, Editor
Don Meyer, Music Editor
Benjamin Rush Miller, Music Editor
Phil Nelson, Cartoon Editor
Peter Robertson, Foreign Editor
Carl Basile, Editor
Paul A. Toth, Editor
Ben Tyree, Music Editor
Marty D. Ison, Contributing Artist
Tony Juliano, Contributing Artist
Paul Slapion, Contributing Artist
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress
 
Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor
Carol Novack, Publisher & Editor

Carol is a writer of sociopolitical neuroerotic rants and raves, poems, proems, and image drenched, lyrical whatnots, also a play, collaborative films/video’s and a collaborative CD. She has a JD and an MSW, but no MFA.


INVENTIONS I: Fictions, Fusions, & Poems
Recited by the author, Carol Novack

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Carol authored a chapbook of poetry, Living Alone without a Dictionary, published many years ago while she was living in Sydney. The Arts Council of Australia awarded her a writer’s grant. Carol returned to her native NYC in 1978, and became a people’s lawyer, representing all sorts of alleged miscreants, including street artists arrested for selling their works without a vendor’s license (she fought City Hall and won the case on First Amendment grounds). She pursued a Masters degree in social work (concentrating in community organizing and group work), and managed to trap it in 2004. Needless to say, Carol’s doing absolutely nothing with this third degree other than running this e-journal, the occasional workshop, fundraising extravaganzas and Mad Hatters’ Review series readings.

Carol's frequently enigmatic and totally misunderstood yet obliquely meaningful writings may or will be found all over the place, including The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets, Action Yes, American Letters & Commentary, Anenome Sidecar, Big Bridge, BlazeVOX, Del Sol Review, Diagram, First Intensity, 5_Trope, Fiction International, Gargoyle, Journal of Experimental Fiction, Knock, La Petite Zine, LIT, Milk,, Notre Dame Review, Orphan Leaf Review, Otoliths, Salt River Review, Salt Flats Annual, Segue,, Sein und Werden, The Star*Vigate Anthology of Best Online Writings, of Susurrus, Word Riot, & Yankee Pot Roast. Oh blah blah blah; who cares? The trailer to her forthcoming collection of quirkies will be out by 2010.

Karaoke + Poetry = Fun at CLMP's All LIT up Festival

Hear Carol’s recitation of "A without Q with/out Self" (aka "Interview with Self") at Notre Dame Review, accompanied by Music Editor Donald C. Meyer, the questioning bassoon. Other audios, with sonic accompaniment by Ben Miller and Donald C. Meyer may be found at www.myspace.com/madhattercarollers.

For even more too much information, proceed to carolnovack.blogspot.com.

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Debra Di Blasi
Debra Di Blasi, Guest Editor

Debra Di Blasi (www.debradiblasi.com) received the 2003 James C.
McCormick Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. Her books include The Jirí Chronicles & Other Fictions (forthcoming from FC2 Books in 2007), Prayers of an Accidental Nature (Coffee House Press), and Drought & Say What You Like (New Directions), winner of the 1998 Thorpe Menn Award. Her fiction has been adapted to film, radio, theatre, and audio CD in the U.S. and abroad. She is president of Jaded Ibis Productions, Inc., a transmedia corporation™ producing most notably, The Jirí Chronicles, a mélange of fictive audio interviews and music, videos, print, web and visual art. She is former art columnist at Pitch and taught experimental writing froms at Kansas City Art Institute.

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Matt Maxwell , Editor
Matthew W Maxwell, Associate Editor

I graduated from college with three useless degrees and have worked meaningless jobs that I detested. I am employed and employable merely because the people and companies I owe money expect restitution. I have more interests than time to master them and none of the money required to dress the part. At any social gathering, if you happen to see the sneering, mute wallflower, envious eyes openly mocking the privileged, that might be me. If you notice me, then I need to work harder on being invisible.

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Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith, Associate Editor

Elizabeth Smith juggles being a writer, artist, and teacher, and sometimes gets confused about what role she is playing which day. She has several short stories published in e-zines and magazines, including Starry Night Review, Terrain, Carve, and Citizen magazine. She has an extensive collection of pulp Westerns from the fifties, and her own writing and visual artwork often dip into the genre’s style. She has been a featured reader at the Phoenix reading series, Sunday Salon, and the Atomic reading series. She has been the recipient of residencies and fellowships for her work on her novel, Loveland, and she really hopes that she can finish it soon and begin work on the next one.

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Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor
Alla Michelle Watson, Associate Editor

Alla Michelle’s writing is both spontaneous and predictable. In her stories, someone usually 1) speaks Russian or Ukrainian, 2) eats borsch, pickled mushrooms or blini, 3) rides public transport, bribes somebody or sings obsolete, heart-warming songs. When not writing, she likes to philosophize about water stains that bloom every spring on her ceiling. Despite the above (or maybe because of it), she has been published in numerous fine e-zines, such as Muse Apprentice Guild, Skive Magazine, Salome, Long Story Short, and others.

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Tantra Bensko
Tantra Bensko, Art Director

Tantra Bensko is in the current issues of www.spartandog.com and www.mannequinenvy.com. "October 7, Tantra's image, semi clad, with reptilian wings, and bound to the cross, yelling, was banned from the Vallejo Art Show at the Historical museum, but did show at the Artist's Guild Show, however. In collaboration with Steve Jacobson, this image is one of a set that is written about in the current issue of www.mannequinenvy.com by art critic Alexandre Nodopaka."

I am well displayed and published internationally as an artist, (http://lucidvision.mosaicglobe.com & www.artbeacon.com/Tantravision) and I live in San Francisco by the ocean. Meanwhile, my solo show, Reality Burn! is travelling through Spain, where an article is coming out about my art as a revolution of the imagination. I have an MFA in poetry from Iowa, won the Academy of American Poet's Award, and have published in numerous magazines such as Southern Poetry Review, Carolina Quarterly, and the Iowa Journal of Literary Studies, where I won their award. I love to dress up in ridiculous costumes and do absurd things.

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Visit Tantra's Websites: The Art of Tantra Bensko | Lucid Fiction
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DK McDonald, Art Editor
DK McDonald, Associate Art Editor

DK McDonald is an award-winning artist residing in the mountains of southern Colorado. Working primarily in watermedia and collage, her commissioned works and series are held by collectors across the US.

Possessing an innate and inexplicable fondness for classical literature, ancient greek philosophers, and obscure Catholic poets, her figure work and abstracts are heavily influenced by her readings of the same.

When not in the studio, she spends her time hiking Colorado's numerous mountain trails, camera in hand. More of her work can be seen at www.artbeacon.com/dkmcdonald

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Peter Schwartz, Art Editor
Peter Schwartz, Associate Art Editor

Peter Schwartz has over 150 poems published, some of them in nationally-distributed journals, some printed overseas. He has stories and paintings published on and offline as well as his own somewhat controversial journal that can be sampled at: www.watchtheeye.com. He's also an associate art editor for Mad Hatters' Review and co-founder of www.sitrahahra.com. He lives almost silently in the forests of Maine.

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X-8, Art Editor
X-8, Associate Art Editor

The Los Angeles artist X-8 began creating abstract paintings utilizing mud, hair and blood in 1981.

In 1993 he began creating 'exorcistic' works, utilzing macabre and internal imagery. His work is ultimately cathartic and therapeutic.

He currently creates large scale works based on mythology, decay and isolation.

He is represented in the UK by the Henry Boxer Gallery.

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Don Bergland, Director of Digital Multimedia Fusions
Don Bergland, Director of Digital Multimedia Fusions

Don Bergland is an artist who attempts to displace the timing of human consciousness through striking arrangements of archetypal metaphors entwined in myth, metamorphosis, resurrection, and regeneration. Former Director of Visual & Audio Arts for Electronic Arts, Don now creates visionary icons portraying human emergence. He is currently Associate Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. He has won over 25 creative & professional awards for his art, video installations, and audio productions. He maintains an active exhibiting career and has featured his work in 118 major exhibitions and performances throughout the world. His artwork is represented in major corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

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Amy Marie Bucciferro
Amy Marie Bucciferro, PR Director

Amy Marie Bucciferro is a poet, comedian, and free-roaming critic of the arts. Born on the beautiful Thousand Islands, she grew up in New York’s Capital Region (Albany/Schenectady) and hung around in Washington, DC after attending The George Washington University and before launching her phantom career in New York City. In the past she performed with the improv and sketch comedy troupe Capitol Goga and edited the literary journal The GW Review. Her poetry has been published in a smattering of student and international journals and she has received awards from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Academy of American Poets.

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Peter Dolack, Editor
Pete Dolack, Non-Fiction Editor

After a long career as a newspaper journalist, in the mid-1990s Pete Dolack decided to switch careers and do something more honest, and became an activist and a poet. He's since added essayist and photographer to his portfolio. Although early in his poetry career he often penned political satires, which frequently took the form of monologues in character, he increasingly tinkers with different styles and subjects but often integrates a story-telling style layered with humor that is sometimes subtle, sometimes caustic and sometimes both, with a range of voices to burrow into the fault lines of contemporary society and the inside of his head. As an activist, he has worked with several groups, including the National People's Campaign, New York Workers Against Fascism, the Brooklyn Greens and the environmental organization No Spray Coalition, of which he was one of the founders. His first full-length book of poetry is, he hopes, forthcoming from a publisher to be determined, and he is also working on a book examining the history of the 20th century's socialist experiments and the lessons that can be drawn from them when the next attempts to transcend capitalism emerge. He is also the publisher of Eastwaterfront Press, www.eastwaterfront.com, which has evolved from a vehicle to self-publish two titles into a small press that intends to publish some of the best emerging poets in New York City.

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Marja Hagborg, Cartoon Editor
Marja Hagborg, Cartoon Editor

M.H. is a very shy character living anonymously in Chicago's downtown with a taciturn husband and an arthritic gray tabby.

She has studied the secret lives of kitty cats all her life and become friends with them all, everything from successful artists to less successful poets and writers to drunken sailors.

Her cartoons tell some of the stories of her mysterious friends.

She is currently working on a picture book about six Japanese cats.

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Liesl Jobson, Editor
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Liesl Jobson, Editor

Liesl Jobson teaches music at Johannesburg's Sacred Heart College. Her poetry has appeared (or forthcoming) in New Coin, Fidelities, LiPS, Green Dragon, Carapace (SA), and internationally in The Journal, Aesthetica, Bonfire, Brittle Star (UK), The Christian Communicator, Oasis, Prairie Dog 13 and Ink Pot (USA). She is the featured poet in Timbila 2005 and The Hiss Quarterly. She won the poetry section of the People Opposing Women Abuse Women's Writing Competition 2005 and was a finalist in the HSBC/ SA PEN Literary Award 2005. Her poetry is showcased online at Southern Rain Poetry.

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Steve Kane, Editor
Steve Kane, Music Editor

Steve Kane is a writer and composer from the UK of questionable talent and unequalled idleness. He employs many a cunning ploy to avoid doing anything remotely productive such as harvesting organs from the homeless to sell to Turkish sailors and hunting geography teachers for sport. He was once elected President of Azerbaijan by mistake. Although only in power for twenty minutes, he made peep-hole bras mandatory attire for all men under the age of forty-seven. He is currently serving a two year prison sentence for buggering a haddock. Visit www.steve-kane.co.uk for more gibberish.

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Guthrie Lowe, Music Editor
Guthrie Lowe, Music Editor

Guthrie Lowe has been a professional musician for 21 years and composed orchestral and piano music for 11 years. Currently, he is writing music for independent films and various other projects. For more information, music samples and to contact, please go to: www.guthrielowe.com

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Marc Lowe, Editor
Marc Lowe, Editor

Marc Lowe has been an editor with Mad Hatters' Review since Issue #3. His fictions, essays, and reviews have been published in various corners of the web, as well as in print. He holds an M.A. in Japanese Literature and spent a number of years living, studying, teaching, and writing in various parts of Western Japan. Marc currently lives in Denver, CO with his wife, M., where he recently completed his second labyrinthine novel and a novella. Visit his website at www.malo23.com for more information.

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Donald C. Meyer
Donald C. Meyer, Music Editor

Composer and musicologist Donald C. Meyer, collaborates with choreographers, filmmakers, theater directors, and authors to create multi-media works that interweave classical and contemporary sounds forms into poly-vocal aesthetic structures. He is the author of articles on American cultural history and rock music and a music appreciation textbook called Perspectives on Music (Prentice Hall, 2003). Dr. Meyer is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Lake Forest College.
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Benjamin Rush Miller, Music Editor
Benjamin Rush Miller, Music Editor

Ben has composed, recorded and performed music for a number of years focusing on atypically structured songwriting, freeform-based improvisation and notated scores in quasi-tonality. Current projects include the rock band Third Border, with their recent debut release “Sun of Water, Sea of Light” on Radial Records, as well as solo performance on prepared stereo electric guitar w/electronics, saxophone and spoken word. Ben has played with Sproton Layer, a post-psychedelic rock quartet with brothers' Roger (Mission Of Burma, Binary System) and Laurence (Destroy All Monsters, Mr. Laurence); Destroy All Monsters with Ron Asheton (Iggy & The Stooges) and Michael Davis (The MC5) opening up for Pere Ubu, The Ramones, Devo, Lydia Lunch, Suicide, etc.; GKW; an Ann Arbor, MI performance art-noise group; M3, an ongoing project with brothers Laurence and Roger hailed as "the best guitar release to emerge this year" by Guitar Player Magazine in 1994 regarding their first

'All Twelve Windows' CD
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self-titled release; Chicago's Dirty Old Man River; Ben Miller/Degeneration "If new expressionists closed their eyes and painted what they say then Ben Miller must be taping shut his ears and playing what he hears." Metro Times, 2001; and Third Border featuring Ben’s return to songwriting. He is a contributing writer at www.burningword.com, and featured in www.bigbridge.org Issue #6 “Export: Writing The Midwest”. For information on discography, upcoming shows, products for sale, and other projects, please visit www.benmiller.info.
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Suchoon Mo, Music Editor
Suchoon Mo, Music Editor

I am a former Korean Army lieutenant and a retired academic living in the semi-arid part of Colorado. I write poetry and music, not necessarily in that order. My poems appeared in East and West, Bitter Oleander, Spillway Review, Quill and Ink, Religious Humanism, Tryst, Subterranean Quarterly, Underground Window, Sage of Consciousness, and others.

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Phil Nelson
Phil Nelson, Cartoon Editor

Phil Nelson is an amateur doodler who likes to draw pictures of himself frolicking on the beach. He taught himself to read by staring vacantly at Marvel comics and paperback collections of Peanuts. At the age of 6 he created a crude comic strip called Coconuts as a rip-off of.....tribute to Charles Schulz. He attended the Philadelphia College of Art from 1983 to 1984 or 5 when he was forcibly expelled by the students and faculty because they were all jealous. After despairing away in dank, sweaty, poorly-ventilated print shops for 20 years, he decided to try drawing again. He is still trying.

 

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Peter Robertson
Peter Robertson, Associate/Foreign Editor

Peter Robertson is an Associate Editor of The Mad Hatters' Review. He was born in Glasgow in 1960 and lives in Buenos Aires and Madrid. He has contributed to many literary reviews, including The Oregon Literary Review, Eclectica, The Cafe Irreal, The Salt River Review and Apt-A Literary Journal and his work is forthcoming in The Literary Review and Turnrow.

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C.B. Smith
C. B. Smith, Editor

An artist since birth he is well past the point of no return.

Tethering the high wire between nirvanic ascension and thermonuclear destruction, he churns out work after ignoble work amidst a clatter of brain-noise, astro-gastric-rumble, and fetid creatures called "house-pets." He perseveres undaunted, knowing that one fine day his cataclysmic subversion will be overlooked in a publishing quest for lower art forms.

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Paul A. Toth, Editor
Paul A. Toth, Music Editor

Paul A. Toth lives in Michigan. His novel Fizz is available from Bleak House Books. Fishnet, his second novel, was published in July 2005. Toth's short fiction has appeared or will soon appear in Night Train, Iowa Review Web, Antigonish Review, Barcelona Review, Mississippi Review Online and many others.

'Fishnet' by Paul Toth
 
 
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Ben Tyree
Ben Tyree, Music Editor

Guitarist, composer, and producer, Ben Tyree began his musical journey in Washington, DC, exploring the piano and violin before discovering his passion for the guitar at the age of 11. Tyree attended the world-renowned Duke Ellington School of the Arts and later studied jazz performance, composition, and classical guitar at Howard University. With the critically acclaimed 2002 release Dead In Dreams under their belt, his brain child Miscellaneous Flux won a "Wammie" (Washington Area Music Association award), with 4 other group nominations, in addition to an independent nomination for best urban contemporary instrumentalist for Tyree himself.

Currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, Tyree regularly works with Boston Fielder's MuthaWit Orchestra and the related URB ALT Festivals where he has had the opportunity to work with a broad assortment of artists including Res, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), V. Jeffrey Smith (The Family Stand), and J.T. Lewis (Harriet Tubman, Vanessa Williams, Sting, Herbie Hancock). He also occasionally performs with his improv. jazz/electronic/drum and bass trio Chaos Frame, urban songstress Nomi, and Senegalese singer/songwriter Pape Armand Boye. He is an in-demand session guitarist and freelance jazz guitarist and instructor who also writes for Ugly Planet Media and Modern Guitars Magazine, interviewing such musicians as Glenn Tipton and Mike Stern. Several of his scores have been featured in indie films, most notably a forthcoming documentary on the life of Omar Khayyam.

Tyree has also performed or collaborated with Clark Terry, Vernon Reid (Living Colour, Masque, Yohimbe Brothers), Frank Foster, Delfeayo Marsalis, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Roy Hargrove, Graham Haynes, Grady Tate, Keter Betts, Warren Smith, Stacy Dillard, Ralph Alessi, Lakecia Benjamin, and The Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber to name a few. He also briefly studied guitar with Mike Stern.

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Honorary Working Stiffs
 

Machines are now surrogates for almost everything human. The standardized initiations of mass culture are replacing our intimate journeys of perception. Technology alienates us. Arts that inspire discourse unite us. So remember, create something that people will talk about.

Marty is a painter, a poet, storyteller, parent, peace propagandist, and general purveyor of prevarications that enrich the lives of others. An Ohio native, he was transplanted in the Florida sands of the Gulf of Mexico where he studied fine art at St. Petersburg College. His novels With a Glass Hammer, Zero's Lizard (coauthored with Ron Barnhart), Taste of Pennies, and Servicing the Machine: a Postindustrial Nightmare are available to interested agents and publishers. Among other places, his words appeared in the Painted Moon Review, Frigg Magazine, the Beat, the St. Petersburg Times, and the bathroom walls of Wendy’s fine restaurants everywhere. You may view some of his plastic work at www.martyison.skyedragon.com a website graciously provided by the playwright poet Paddy Gillard-Bently.

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Award winning satirist artist, Tony "Baloney" Juliano is not your normal painter. With his single, panel, lush comic-like paintings dealing with quick puns, whimsical sayings, ironic sadness, and his penchant for parodying other famous artists, Tony makes art laughable in colorful complementary painted frames. Tony has had shows all over the US and the UK such as John Slade Ely House, Hygienic Art Gallery, CB's 313 Gallery, Artescape Studios, MoCCA, DeCordova Museum, The Walker, and lots more!

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As far back as I can remember I’ve been involved in creative pursuits. Photography has been at the core of most of it, and it’s been a real journey of expansion. I grew up in New York City, the Bronx, to be exact, went to college in Washington D.C. ( GWU BA psychology ), returned to live in Manhattan for a few years before moving across the Hudson River to New Jersey, where I’ve lived for many years, way too many to count ‘em all. Straight photography was my primary creative outlet in the beginning until a friend taught me the silkscreen process, and that process changed my work in a major way. I did screen prints, and multi-media pieces based on my photographs, and earned a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship on the merits of that work. I’ve been lucky enough to have participated in a few museum and gallery shows, both group and one person. I’ve shown at the OK Harris gallery in NYC and at the Noyes and Jersey City museums in New Jersey as well as a few other galleries in New Jersey, Washington D.C., and California.
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While photography still remains as the primary source of all my work, for the past three or four years

I've turned to the computer as a tool for working with my images.

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Webmaestress
 
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress
Shirley Harshenin, Webmaestress

Our fabulously talented and saintly web designer survived and escaped the transgenerational satanic ritual abuse cult of childhood to serve Mad Hatter madness, and that of her much loved family (husband, 3 kids stretching from age 4-21, 1 cat presently on prozac, 1 brute of a dog that the littlest of the household knows mostly as "That Damn Dog". When she's not at the beck and call of her clients and others above, Shirley does a little dabbling in water colors, and paint shop graphics, and not so much writing as she would like, although she does insist she will complete her novel in poetry for young adults one day. She also takes pleasure in freelance word puzzle assignments for the big guys like KAPPA, Highlights for Children, and Penny Press... . Busy busy busy. It's probably a good thing Shirley doesn't have much idle time, 'cause when she does she tends to engage in strange debates with committees of wildly diverse persons…all within her own head. Welcome to the madness.

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