Letters From The Fishbowl

The life, times, fiction, and mind-lint of V.B. Rising. Enter at your own risk, traveler, for here there be rants and misplaced modifiers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Here's a poem I wrote in high school.*  It was originally published in the very short-lived school literary magazine.  I'm posting it here because I think it's cute, and I remember glowing when a really intimidating upperclasswoman told me her English class had discussed it and they'd all really liked it.**


This little poem is not my best,
a little weaker than the rest,
a little less important,
and a little waste of air.
A little something thrown together,
there's little wisdom here to share.

But with a little bit of heart,
this verse could play its little part.
A little touch of magic
and a little slice of thought
could make this poem something big...
even though it's not.

*Surprisingly not emo.
**If you think publishing a cute poem well-loved by upperclassmen-and-women is enough to make the rest of the school forget that you think "Pirate" is an acceptable fashion statement, hey, I've got some bad news for you...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Descriptive As Hell

The other day at the ice cream parlor, Robert told me he read an article about the 60th anniversary of The Catcher in the Rye.*  We both took a moment to appreciate what English 10 did for us back in the day, and then he got to the point by saying the following.

"If your blog was about fifty years older, it would sound exactly like The Catcher in the Rye.  You know, how it starts, 'You'll probably want to hear all about my lousy childhood, but that's boring.'  That's so you."**

Now, I don't flatter myself to say that I'm the next J.D. Salinger, although I will readily admit to being nearly cynical and oddball enough to be the next Holden Caulfied.  Still, it was the kind of comparison that made me glow a little bit.

In short, my boyfriend is better than yours.  Eat it, you lousy phonies.***

*Apparently, it was last year.  So either he waited a long time to tell me this story, or he only recently came across the article.  Citation, I'm ashamed to say, is needed.

**The actual opening paragraph is, "If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them. They're quite touchy about anything like that, especially my father. They're nice and all, I'm not saying that-but they're also touchy as hell. Besides, I'm not going to tell you my whole goddam autobiography or anything. I'll just tell you about this madman stuff that happened to me around last Christmas just before I got pretty run-down and had to come out here and take it easy. I mean that's all I told D.B. about, and he's my brother and all. He's in Hollywood. That isn't too far from this crumby place, and he comes over and visits me practically every week end. He's going to drive me home when I go home next month maybe. He just got a Jaguar. One of those lithe English jobs that can do around two hundred miles an hour. It cost him damn near four thousand bucks. He's got a lot of dough, now. He didn't use to. He used to be just a regular writer, when he was home. He wrote this terrific book of short stories, The Secret Goldfish, in case you never heard of him. The best one in it was "The Secret Goldfish." It was about this little kid that wouldn't let anybody look at his goldfish because he'd bought it with his own money. It killed me. Now he's out in Hollywood, D.B., being a prostitute. If there's one thing I hate, it's the movies. Don't even mention them to me."  I think we captured the essence of it pretty well for two idiots talking literature with mouths full of Artic Swirl.

***Incidentally, if you haven't read, The Catcher in the Rye, I hate you.  Read it.  Now.  Amazon that shit and devour it like an angsty tenth-grader.  It will do you good.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Corrections and Super-Secret Stuff!

So apparently, I need to hire a fact-checker, since my last post was rife with mistakes!  As my sister pointed out, one fills in a W4 when one becomes gainfully employed, not a W2.  Obviously, she is the "numbers genius" sibling, whereas I am the "call Mom crying, 'What do I do with this again?  God damn it, I'm an English Major, not a doctor!' " sibling.  Thanks, Shay Shay!

Also, my boyfriend wanted me to clear up that he never made Eagle Scout.  You probably didn't know that the Boy Scouts of America have some pretty strict rules about your idiot girlfriend misrepresenting your rank on the Internet, and I didn't want him to be threatened with disciplinary action.*  Robert did Scout for many years, though, and he told me his official rank, but I've forgotten it.

Finally, a note.  I have been going through my Google Documents and posting some older posts from previous websites to this blog.**  You would not have noticed this, because I have been backdating the entries so a bunch of old re-runs didn't clutter up the homepage.  The only way you really would have been able to tell was by looking at the tag cloud and noticing that it has expanded somewhat.  Maybe someday I will collect all the links so you can peruse older entries with ease, but for right now, I'm just too goddamn lazy.  Go tag-surfing, if you're interested.  Live a little.

*Seriously.  They have their own SWAT team.  It is serious business.
**God, I hate the word blog.  Can we replace it with something that doesn't sound like a misshapen, sea-dwelling slug?