20 Dec 06

Odds & Ends

Midnight collapsed. He was put on a stretcher and transported to Saint Mary’s Hospital.

Frankie’s hearing went well. He signed a contract that allows him to stay at Tucson prison provided he behaves himself. In his latest letter he wrote: “Englandman, once I get out, fly me to England so I can bone you down.”

Just when the romance with Royo Girl seemed to be fizzling out, she sent a picture of Elisha Cuthbert with a letter saying she may visit here soon. The letter filled my cell with the scent of perfume.

Auntie Lily and Weird Al have exchanged letters and Al has offered to fly Lily to the US after his release in 2008.

Kat, a Navajo transsexual, brought over some trance tapes that included tracks by Alice Deejay, Drunkenmonkey, Aquagen, ATB, Serano, and more.

The discovery of a shank on Yard 4 caused a two-day lockdown and shakedown. Metal detectors were run over our mattresesses.

Xena and Two Tonys said they’ve been reading and enjoying your comments and questions. Shane and T-Bone get reclassified in ’07 and are hoping to be moved to minimum.

I've spent almost two years applying to Rio Salado College to do a course. Finally, I received one.
Unfortunately, I had applied for Modern Fiction and they sent Philosophy. My parents reported the error, and were told that I had applied for Philosophy. So my parents faxed the college copies of my application for Modern Fiction, and now the college won't return our e-mails or calls. I'm getting on with the philosophy course.

Yoga progress: I can now do peacock pose. But I still can’t put my feet behind my head, although I can put them above my head.

Thanks for sending books. The prison library is getting them after I read them. I've read over 200 so far this year.

My New Year’s resolution is to begin submitting short stories to literary magazines. I’m seeking advice from anyone familiar with the process.

I appreciate the concern some of you have expressed that I may get sad over Christmas. Christmas seems to be the roughest time of the year for most prisoners. But I must confess, it doesn’t affect me that much any more. It is lonely, but I have Marcus Aurelius keeping me company: Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break; but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lots of newsy items on this extract Shaun. Time never stands still. I feel the tide changing!
Take care.
Terry B

joannie said...

Outstanding quote, and so true. Sort of makes me think of the one about building a house upon a foundation of rock as opposed to sand. When the waves come, the house on the rock stands firm.

joannie said...

p.s. On a more practical note, for visual artists a yearly guide is published which contains all the information you need for submission of work to magazines, galleries and businesses (Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market). I'm sure there is a similar guide published for writers, plus the I check the back of trade magazines. At least in the back of art magazines there is also submission info for exhibits and competitions.

Anonymous said...

Orale Jon! Release date is approaching! Stand firme homeboy and keep busy down the stretch! I hope to see a movie script make its way around Hollywood. No bullshit. I can see everyone now...Frankie played by Joe Pesci, Xena played by Ru-Paul...please consider. Thank you. -Jose in San Diego

joannie said...

A movie-that is a friggin' awesome idea! Considering the crap that came out about prison life lately-write a screenplay!! Only, what actor would do the lead role?

Anonymous said...

Im sure Xena is attractive, but I dont think RuPaul should play the part he wears alot of make-up, hair and glitter. Maybe John Leguizamo could play the part, hes not to tall and hes played in roles that would be similar to who Xena is.