‘Rouge Killers’ — #Lyrics To An R&B Pop Song

It is completely pointless for me to write lyrics, but sometimes I feel like doing it as a treat so here you go. Trump has a way with words, or at least thinking up song titles and concepts.

Rouge Killers
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

they roam the streets and the clubs
looking for people like you and me
they want to drain us dry of love of this world

rouge killers of love
in between the sheets
always wanting your deets
are you kidding me?

looking all fly
wanting to be your guy
they bite their lip
before giving you the slip
they’re the ones mamma warned you about
the lie, lie and lie

rouge killers of love
in between the sheets
always wanting your deets
are you kidding me?

[bridge]
need someone safe
to but me back together
why does it have to be so rough
when will I finally get enough?

stop kidding me I beg
rough killers are in your head
faking you out with their doubt
making you feel like you’re right
to be left out

rouge killers of love
in between the sheets
always wanting your deets
are you kidding me?

rouge killers
rouge killers
rouge killers
rouge killers of love

Of Newspapers & A Better Mouse Trap

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

It seems to me, the newspaper industry has finally reached a level of crisis and contraction that it might be willing to entertain a hail Mary pass strategy for its continued existence. Now, as I say repeatedly, I have no money, can’t code and don’t want to learn. As such, absolutely no one, but no one, listens to me.

And, really, maybe they shouldn’t.

I’m just a crank who likes to write at this point and the thing I’ve learned since I came back from Seoul is pretty much to be successful you have to be stable, have money and have some inkling of what your career is. To have such a career involves a complex series of metrics that I, alas, will never be able to attain in any traditional manner.

Having said all that, let’s waste some time and mull how one might save the newspaper industry at this late date. To me, this is a technological problem. So, as such, you need to build a new service from the ground up that not only would “save” newspapers via a rebirth online, but also address the existing issues associated with Twitter and Reddit. This may seem like a tall order, but it’s not really if you give it some thought.

What I would do, if I had enough money, is build an entirely new social media service whose whole reason for existence was to facilitate civil discussion. As such, I would look back to that most ancient of social media services, Usenet, for inspiration. The service would use the Usenet experience as a stepping off point. While Reddit is much like Usenet to some extent, I feel it’s such a ham-handed implementation as to be useless for my needs. It seems to me if you did as I proposed, you would have the following features.

Here are, going from basic to less basic the core features of the service I propose.

Posts
At the center of this service would be Posts. They would be a full page, multimedia and have a rich WYSIWYG editor people could use to write them with. It would be intuitive and robust and would make writing a post a joy to do. Now, in my imagination there would be two aspects to a Post in this service that would make them different — one is a video conference feature and the other is a minimum word count. You would almost be pressured into throwing in a video recorded video chat as part of any Post you wrote. Also, the service would demand you write, say, at least 300 words in a Post before you could put it into the system. This would prevent someone from simply say, “Meh” in a post, or using a post as a tweet-like thing. You might make some specific exceptions, for say, a politician not known for his long, cogent social media activity.

In-line Editing
One critical aspect to all of this would be in-line editing. If you had the write to contribute to the system — more on that later — you would have the ability to in-line edit someone else’s post in the context of a thread. Again, you would have to write a minimum amount in each edit, you couldn’t just say “You suck.” This might take some getting used to for people who are used to Twitter, but it would likely grow on people.

IRC-type discussions
I would study IRC and figure out ways to incorporate public text chat into the system in a big way. I think that might be really addictive if you did it right and would help with engagement on the service in general.

Threads
Now, the thread would also be crucial to this service. Only specific users would be allowed to start a new thread in a Group and this would hopefully significantly increase usability for everyone involved. Only Verified Account holders could start a thread at all. These would be people who the system trusted not to be abusive or go nuts for no reason.

Groups
In my imagination, there would be thousands and thousands of redundant Groups that would be created by people called System admins. These people would be in charge of naming the Groups and it would keep some order to the whole thing. Of all the people in the service, these people would be the most likely to be, well, paid. They would have the most rights within the system and as such the most responsibility as well.

Having said all that, how do newspapers fit into this? Well, it seems to me newspapers as we currently think of them are well on their way out and if you completely re-imagined how the public would interact with online content via the type of service I just proposed, I think that’s how you save newspapers. I could go on at great lengths about my specific vision for newspapers in this context, but no one listens to me and I’m feeling sad that I’ve come up with this great concept and yet nothing will ever be done with it.

Oh well.

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V-Log: The State Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing As Of Oct. 21st, 2018

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some rambling about my big creative project of the moment.

V-Log: How To #Disrupt The #Newpaper Business With A #SocialMedia #App

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I go into a lot of detail about how, specifically you could disrupt the newspaper industry if you had, say, over $1 billion on hand to shake things up a little bit with a startup app.

It’s So Easy To Disrupt The Newspaper Business, All You Need Is Vision…& Money. Lots Of Money

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I have written so much about this, it’s boring at this point. But I will idly note that the newspaper business is ripe for massive disruption. All you do is start an app that pays professional journalists across the country a living wage and gives them the tools they need to properly do their job in the Internet Age.

But no one listens to me.

And maybe they shouldn’t.

Money (Would) Change Everything

By Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Meh. Just meh. Nothing fun-interesting is going on and all I got is working on my novel. But I do find myself idly musing about what would happen if I won the big lottery drawing tonight. It’s interesting that simply by having a lot of money, people would pay attention to me.

Alas, I have no money and am not going to win, so all of this is moot.

It’s sad that the only way I will ever get anyone to listen to me is to have money. Or be a creative success in a big way. I say this after nearly a decade of doing absolutely nothing with my life.

Anyway, I need to get back to work on my novel.

Podcast: The State Of My #Scifi #Novel For Oct. 19th, 2018 & Day Dreaming About The Lottery

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Enjoy.

V-Log: If I Had A Billion Dollars

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Meh. Some idle rambling and daydreaming.

V-Log: Struggling With The Characters In The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

One of the issues I’m facing is I have a really strong concept, but I’m having some serious issues nailing down some basic aspects of the characters in the story. Originally, I wanted the Hero to be something of a loser at the beginning of the story and he reluctantly, gradually grows into being the Hero.

But the more I think about it, the more maybe the Hero should start off being a lot less me and a lot more a mixture of Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau and Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough. I want my Hero to be center-Left, but I also, given the pretty spectacular things he’s going to endup doing before it’s all over with, be primed to be a political leader.

The problem, of course, is I don’t really know that much about any of this and so I want to hone closer to what I know than maybe I should. As such, I think maybe I might give my Hero a flaw at the beginning that hampers his success. I’m thinking along the lines of he’s a drunk or something. That would be the kind of flaw that might put him in the position to be a success if he just sobered up long enough to do so.

And, yet, I don’t know. I just don’t know. I like the idea of the Hero being the owner of a bar. But given where this story is set, if he owns a bar and is all that talented, there would have to be a reason why he was there. At the same time, maybe it’s not he who owns a bar…it’s his romantic love interest? Maybe? Maybe it’s the woman in the story who is connected to a bar and yet why would our Hero be at the bar in the first place if he’s so successful.

This is all a lot of fun in its own way, but it’s also a real struggle. All I know is I need to settle on some basic elements of my characters and keep moving so I can throw everything up in the air again when I start writing the second draft. I can’t keep writing and rewriting things as if I’m trying to avoid actually getting anything done.

Something’s gotta give.

V-Log: The Significance Of A Plot Point In The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Something interesting about the novel I’m writing.