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January 28, 2016
Posted at 10:20 pm

Hard Times Companion

One thing I do as I write is create a "Companion" guide for reference.

I thought I would share a portion of it with you now (just for your edification).

This is a list of Maw-Maw's famous vocabulary words by chapter. I do this in part so I can reference what I've used and what they actually do mean. I always assume that people will google the words they don't understand if they can't determine their context while reading the story.

I think it's fun to have a character who is very wordy and uses 50 cent words when a nickel one will do.

Later when the story is finished - I'll post the entire companion guide.

BTW - working on chapter 113 and I think you will love it!


Bitchadocio - chapter 106 a cross between bitch and braggadocio - when Tawny Haislip speaks.

Bragplaining -97 Something Angel does when she is complaining - it sounds like she is also bragging. A word that Ellen coined.

Condign- 91 appropriate punishment.

Conmused - 101 - A word made up by Ellen that is a cross between confused and amused to apply to a boy who was present at her spanking (Griff).

Cumshaw - 91, a tip or gratuity

Detritus - 92 - waste

Druxy -91, good on the outside, evil on the inside.

Ebullient - 113 very enthusiastic

Edacious - 113 - eating/craving lots of food

Fandangle - useless ornamentation

Flagitious, opprobrious and contumelious Ch. 87 corrupt, hateful, insolent, - one of many words used to describe Delilah.

Flabuginous - 91, deceptive

Fulsome Ch. 41 - originally said by Conner, -Complimentary or flattering to an excessive or even offensive degree. Of large size or quantity; generous or abundant.

Fundament. Ch 89 - A word Maw-Maw uses for her massively wide ass.

Fustigation Ch. 96

Hiraeth - Ch. 26 A welsh term that has no direct English translation. It means a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return. A home which maybe never was. The nostalgia, the grief, the yearning for the lost places of your past!

Jackanapes Ch. 40 a sneaky or mischievous child, a carker.

Jeremid Ch. 89 a long, mournful complaint or lamentation; a list of woes.

Lalochezia - the emotional relief from using abusive or vulgar language

Lissom Ch 91. - Supple, limber and easy to bend

Lustration - Ch. 91 Ceremonial purefication performed before entering a holy place. Maw-Maw uses it as a metaphor for masturbation.

Prevaricate - Ch. 25 to avoid telling the truth by not directly answering the question.

pusillanimous - Ch. 88, timid lack of determination

Malapert Ch. 33 Impudently bold in speech or manner; saucy. An impudent, saucy person. Boldly disrespectful to a person of higher standing. This word is gender neutral, so it's equally applicable to both male and female.

ALSO: Malapert is a lunar crater that lies near the southern limb of the Moon. From the Earth this formation is viewed from the side, limiting the amount of detail that can be seen. The crater is also illuminated at very low angles, so that parts of the interior remain in almost constant darkness.

Meraki (n.) (A greek word with no direct translation) the soul, creativity, or love put into something; the essence of yourself that is put into your work

Nazlanmak (Ch. 50) - pretending reluctance when you are eager, saying no when you mean yes, Turkish

Obesquiousness (Ch. 113) - obedient or attentive to a servile degree

Perclusion Ch.94 "extreme shock"

pickthank ch 91- A sycophant or yes-man

Quomodocunquize ch 91 To make money by any means possible

Rumbelow, ch 91 whore, Maw-Maw's word before deciding on bitch.

Sillage (n.) the scent that lingers in air, the trail left in water, the impression made in space after something or someone has been and hone; the trace of someone's perfume.

Sesquipedalian. Ch 87 - person who loves big words

Steatopygic Ch. 96 - having a wide ass.

Snarkastic - Ch. 34 - not actually a Maw-Maw word. It is a cross between sarcastic and snarky that was invented for pretty much everything Savannah says.

Vaniloquent- Ch 91 - egotistical

Ventripotent - Ch 96 - fat belly

Verbivore Ch 92 - someone who loves words

Yaud - Ch 96 - an old worn out horse.

Zaftig -Ch. 88 a woman who is plump/full figured.

December 31, 2015
Posted at 2:02 pm

Christmas in the Trailer Park

A request - with all the snow, sleet, rain and such - I was thinking it would be fun to seem some fanfiction set at the Buckman trailer park.

Any fans of hard times - especially - writing a short story with some characters you make up or some of the ones from the story - in the trailer park as snow falls and Christmas cums.

It would be interesting if a mom had to work extra hard down at the titty bar this year for Christmas presents for her ungrateful step-son and wife-in-law.

It would be nice to see a few cat-fights break out, some titty slapping and fun in the trailer park.

So hang your stockings and if you don't have any pantyhose will do - put your toilet out on the lawn and write a little something-something about christmas in the trailer park and Santa's naughty and nice list?

Ted said he wants a new mower this year - so he can mow a patch of grass on your ass!

September 4, 2015
Posted at 1:15 pm

Labor Day At The Buckman: Challenge For Hard Times

I am hard at work on Chapter 108 and 109 of the Hard Times story.

It's been a long dry patch for any loyal fans of the story (if there are some) and my apologies there.

I've had some ideas and I think I am close to putting those out there. I am also going back and polishing old chapters.

In the process, and with Labor Day coming it occurred to me to make a request/challenge for any of you out there with a little time on your hands.

Here is what I am asking for:

Write a Short Story and add it to the "Family Feud" Universe as Fan Fiction.

The short story can really be whatever you want, but here are some suggestions;

1- Make it about your "alter-ego" if you lived in the Buckman Trailer Park (the setting of Hard Times). You don't even have to meet/interact with any of the main characters from Hard Times. It's a big place. You could make up your own or pull in some of the more memorable side characters.

Ellen came to the Buckman at the start of the Summer, so as Labor Day wraps things up - conclude whatever you like about whats going on there.

You don't have to even visit the pool. it could all just be fun between you and your neighbors. Maybe you live on the same street as the Angel Devine and the Biker Dad has finally put Candy and his wife out side by the trash? Maybe you live down on infamous J street with all the hookers, maybe you live on Glory Hill or a street you just made up.

Now, whatever you do on Labor Day in real life, translate that to something that may happen at the Buckman? Barbecue with friends and family? Go shopping at a Mini-mall where the Shoe Wharehouse sign is missing a letter and it looks like "Shoe Whorehouse" -

Tell a fun little romp in the trailer park?

If you don't want to do that, revisit the Taylor's from Family Feud. The letter "Dear Internet from Cowtits" answers the question what they are doing now but doesn't really set them any place in particular. You could be a neighbor writing about your interaction with this strange family that moved in. You could even write a story about the family and their continuing journey into bondage and submission.

I'd love it, I think the hardcore fans of the story would love it.

I rarely ever get feedback on the stories but I will tell you that most of the people who do are college professors, engineers, etc. They have analytic minds and tend to be very clever themselves. I'd love to see what one of those minds would do if challenged to write a story.

The one and only rule to this challenge is that you should write a story that YOU would like to read.

If you do that for me over Labor Day, I'll suck your dick.

I am kidding (slightly)

June 8, 2015
Posted at 7:22 pm

Complete discography of Hard Times

just for grins I keep a detailed list/companion to my stories.

This is every song from the story. If you want to download them all and listen while you read - that adds another dimension to the telling of the tale.


Ch.7 - "Cruise" Florida George Line - Hip Hop Remix - With Nelly
Ch. 8 - "Pour it Up" Rihanna
Ch.9 - "Spiderbaby" White Zombie
Ch. 11 " You can crash my party anytime" Luke Bryan
Ch. 11 " Gold" Macklemore
Ch. 11 Adventure Time (Cartoon lyrics)
Ch. 14 "Bands that make her dance" Juicy J
Ch. 15 "Benny and the Jets" Elton John
Ch. 15 "White Trash Beautiful" Everlast
Ch. 15 "Sweet Home Alabama" Alabama
Ch. 17 "You shook me all night long" AC/DC
Ch. 18 "Royals" - Lorde
Ch. 19 "Baby Got Back" - Sir Mix-A lot
Ch. 22 "Old flame can't hold a candle to you" - Dolly Parton
Ch. 23 "The Man in Black" - Johnny Cash
Ch. 23 "Every Sperm is Sacred" - Monty Python
Ch. 25 "C.R.E.A.M" (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) - Wu Tang Clan
Ch. 25 "Beer with Jesus" - Thomas Rhett
Ch. 27 "Come on and Dance" - Motley Crue
Ch. 28 "Joker" - Steve Miller Band
Ch. 28 "Paradise City" Guns N. Roses
Ch. 30 "Play that Funky Music" White Cherry
Ch. 32 "Danger Zone" Kenny Loggins
Ch. 33 "Lucky Star" Madonna
Ch. 33 "Jessie's Girl" Rick Springfield
Ch. 39 "Girl's Just Wanna Have Fun" Cindi Lauper
Ch, 39 "In the Air Tonight" Phil Collins (parody)
Ch 43 "She is a Beauty" The Tubes
Ch. 44 "Great green globs of greasy, grimy gopher guts" Conner
Ch. 54 "Lettin the Night Roll" Justin Moore
Ch. 63 "Born in East L.A." Cheech Marin
Ch. 66 "Jamie's Cryin'" Van Halen
Ch. 67 "Beer song" Weird Al
Ch. 70 "The Trees" Rush
Ch. 70 "One Bad Bitch" Maino featuring Yo Gotti and Trina
Ch. 70 "Hell's Bells" AC/DC
Ch. 78 "All about that bass" Meghan Trainor
Ch. 80 "Super Bass" Niki Minaj
Ch. 81 "Here I go again" Whitesnake
Ch. 83 "Doo-Wah-Diddy" Manfredd Mann/Stripes marching song (Ted)
Ch. 85 "Sister Luck" Black Crowes
Ch. 92 Old Dan Tucker (negro spiritual - sung by nelly jr.)
Ch. 97 "I love L.A" Randy Newman
Ch. 97 "Drop it Low" Ester Dean/Chris Brown (Cricket's favorite song/jam)
Ch. 98 "Boom Clap" Charli XVX

In other news, I was watching "Party Down South 2" the other day on TLC and realized that I had vastly underestimated how gross, disgusting, uncouth and stupid a lot of people from the trailer park really are in real life. So I will try harder.

June 4, 2015
Posted at 6:48 pm

CONTEST: Where was Patricia?

If you have read through chapter 97 of Hard Times you realize that Patricia has "seen some shit".

There have been touch points where Patricia came back to the trailer stressed out, and at times left without saying much. If you connect the dots early on in the story - you will be able to surmise that she was probably dealing with her own story.

and what a story it might be; Dancing at the landing strip, looking for Mike, dealing with problems of her own.

CONTEST: Write a story - it could be a vignette about a possible night at the Landing Strip! It could be the time the family saw her at Rowdy's and instead of joining them for dinner she avoided them. It could be the time she came home and saw her daughter naked caught up in some shenigan and instead of completing blowing a lid - she gave her a stern talking too and stalked off to her bedroom!

It could be something else entirely! perhaps something at the mall.

Remember someone stole Ellen's clothes at the mall? Who was that and why?

Write the fanfiction how you want - add it to the Family Feud "Universe" (the submission wizard guides you through that process).

If I read your story and like it - not only will I make it official canon, but I will reference the events in flashbacks in Hard Times!

Good Luck!