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We Already Know What Happened

by baldilocks

It’s another one of those times when I just start typ­ing and see where it leads. Rest assured that you will not get the first draft.

At any given wak­ing moment, there are dozens of things I’m pon­der­ing simul­ta­ne­ously. Here’s one of the con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous things: Hillary Clinton’s new book, enti­tled What Hap­pened, which pur­ports to out­line the rea­sons she lost to Don­ald Trump in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial election.

Oth­ers are ridi­cul­ing bad (ghost-)writing and worse blame-​shifting on Clinton’s part, but what I want to know is this: what no-​imagination-​having one-​dimensional thinker came up with the title? And is it “What Hap­pened” with a period or What Hap­pened” with a ques­tion mark?

Even call­ing it “WTF Hap­pened,” or “Stuff Hap­pens” would have demon­strated a bit of sparkle and a sense of humor. But, I think that such a demon­stra­tion is prob­a­bly too much to ask. Even if the pub­lisher wanted to give the title some zip, Her­self would have never allowed it. The bland­ness of the book’s title reflects the per­son­al­ity of the pro­tag­o­nist, it seems.

I heard – but am not inter­ested in con­firm­ing — that Ama­zon is delet­ing all the one-​star reviews on Mrs. Clinton’s lat­est demon­stra­tion of her ten­dency to blame oth­ers when things go wrong. Too bad. One-​star review swarms can be quite enter­tain­ing as long as most peo­ple real­ize that it’s polit­i­cal trolling and not seri­ous reviewing.

It just occurred to me that these “after-​action reports” by pres­i­den­tial cam­paign losers are a form of polit­i­cal trolling, as well. A “you-​all-​stink” note from the can­di­date. Pathetic, isn’t it? Almost makes me feel sorry for the woman. Thing is, if she were pres­i­dent, I think we would already be nuked by now. Thank God for all favors, regard­less of size.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_100962” align=“aligncenter” width=“300”] Love the Bond vil­lain­ess look.[/caption]

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

It’s another one of those times when I just start typing and see where it leads. Rest assured that you will not get the first draft.

At any given waking moment, there are dozens of things I’m pondering simultaneously. Here’s one of the contemporaneous things: Hillary Clinton’s new book, entitled What Happened, which purports to outline the reasons she lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Others are ridiculing bad (ghost-)writing and worse blame-shifting on Clinton’s part, but what I want to know is this: what no-imagination-having one-dimensional thinker came up with the title? And is it “What Happened” with a period or What Happened” with a question mark?

Even calling it “WTF Happened,” or “Stuff Happens” would have demonstrated a bit of sparkle and a sense of humor. But, I think that such a demonstration is probably too much to ask. Even if the publisher wanted to give the title some zip, Herself would have never allowed it. The blandness of the book’s title reflects the personality of the protagonist, it seems.

I heard – but am not interested in confirming — that Amazon is deleting all the one-star reviews on Mrs. Clinton’s latest demonstration of her tendency to blame others when things go wrong. Too bad. One-star review swarms can be quite entertaining as long as most people realize that it’s political trolling and not serious reviewing.

It just occurred to me that these “after-action reports” by presidential campaign losers are a form of political trolling, as well. A “you-all-stink” note from the candidate. Pathetic, isn’t it? Almost makes me feel sorry for the woman. Thing is, if she were president, I think we would already be nuked by now. Thank God for all favors, regardless of size.

Love the Bond villainess look.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!