V-Log: Trump, Art & Representation

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Some thoughts on how art is being shaped during the Trump Era.

State Of The #Scifi #Novel I’m #Writing For Nov. 10th, 2018: Will Someone Steal The Idea?

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I’m really paranoid a hack is going to turn the original scene summary of the first act of the novel I’m writing into a movie screenplay. I’m trying to use that fear as motivation to write a new — much better — scene summary as quickly as possible. I feel I have a window of opportunity to get this thing done before a movie is produced that sucks the wind out of me and my efforts. But we’ll see. I have to believe in myself. I can’t freeze up and use this fear as an excuse to stop writing.

‘Drive Me To Drink’ — #Lyrics To A Pop R&B Song

The news these days suck. This is a little attempt to express how it makes me feel.

Drive Me To Drink
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

watching the news
things zoom through
what can I say
much to my dismay
it’s enough to
drive me to drink

drive me to drink
it’s all a little too dark
drive me to drink
just to slink into the dark
drive me to drink
drive me to drink
drive me to drink

why is it this way
I have to say
things once were sane
but that’s no more

the presence tense is the worse
just wish I could fix it quick
but it’s not to be
maybe I’ll buy another beer

drive me to drink
it’s all a little too dark
drive me to drink
just to slink into the dark
drive me to drink
drive me to drink
drive me to drink

[bridge]
sober as I can be
things don’t seem to change
all I want to do is cry
as I try to forget it all

we’re going to take it higher
to the next level
when it’s all over I say
we’ll no longer think
it’s about to

drive me to drink
it’s all a little too dark
drive me to drink
just to slink into the dark
drive me to drink
drive me to drink
drive me to drink

‘Ephemeral’ — #Lyrics To An Adult Contemporary Pop Song

Whomever is Ariana Grande’s lyricist is doing a really good job these days. I’m just screwing around with this.

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

beauty is just a moment in time
it comes as quick as it goes
at least that’s how it told
but I’m believe in love
now matter how
ephemeral

ephemeral
that’s all we got
a brief snapshot
ephemeral
ephemeral
ephemeral

I’m going to hold on tight
’cause it’s such a delight
it’s my right to have you
have you in my sights

don’t worry one bit
it might give you a fit
but we’re in the thick of it
our love is strong now matter
how much they say it’s

ephemeral
that’s all we got
a brief snapshot
ephemeral
ephemeral
ephemeral

[bridge]
locked tight
never going to leave your side
we’re in it together forever
till the end of time

ephemeral
that’s all we got
a brief snapshot
ephemeral
ephemeral
ephemeral

‘Get It Done’ — #Lyrics To A Rock Song

Just screwing around.

Get It Done
lyrics by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls
please give credit if you produce or perform

things may come my way
much to my dismay
but you know how I sway
each every day

get it done
no matter what
get it done
you know what’s up
get it done
get it done
get it done

we’re fading away it’s all so true
but I know exactly what I’m going to do
break the glass as they say
just don’t say I’m full of sass

I declare my self king of state
but everyone just thinks I’m a flirt
do as I say and no one will get hurt
’cause that’s the way I work

get it done
no matter what
get it done
you know what’s up
get it done
get it done
get it done

[bridge]
when all is said and done
you know I’m never going to run
we’re all ready for the end
just don’t say it’s a sin

people say what they don’t mean
I’m going to lean in til the end
’cause I know I’m going to get it done

get it done
no matter what
get it done
you know what’s up
get it done
get it done
get it done

Attack Of The Hacks: People Sure Are Interested In That First Act Scene Summary

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

Well, I guess it’s flattering in its own way. I have deleted the first act scene summary because people were obviously interested in it, and not in a good way. Now I have to worry about a movie being made in an extremely hackish fashion from a scene summary that wasn’t even that good compared to the one I’m writing now.

In a sense, I have only my self to blame, but it was inevitable that I would do something like that. I figure I have a limited window of opportunity to develop the novel and write it before (potentially) a movie pops out from what I wrote. I’m full of angst about that, but I have to use it as an incentive to keep going. If people liked that original scene summary that much, then obviously I’m on the right track. I just hope, if nothing else, I can get an “inspired by a concept by Shelton Bumgarner” once I, like, have to sue people for it.

A Deep Dive Into Trump’s Potential Strategy Going Forward

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I may not be all that great at “game theory,” but I’m pretty good at strategic thinking. I have been wracking my brains the last few days as to what Trump is thinking now that he’s lost the House. It is telling that he fired Sessions so quick after this happened. But what, exactly, does it mean?

Look at it from Trump’s point of view — he knows he’s done some very, very bad, un-Constitutional things, but he also knows that no matter what he’s not going to be convicted in the Senate. It’s just not going to happen. There’s no way 67 Senators are going to convict the president, no matter what he does.

This is why it’s so difficult to figure out Trump’s strategy at this point. He knows some basic things to be true. He has two month so do whatever he wants to, but at the same time once those two months are up things change dramatically. If he’s thinking long-term, he knows anything drastic he does simply increases the already high likelihood that he will be impeached sometime in the first quarter of 2019. It’s a real struggle for me to figure out what he does. It seems to one scenario is he might leverage the next two months by striking first. It’s a risky strategy in some ways, but in other ways he’s simply what comes naturally to him — strike back and strike back hard.

So an argument could be made that he would rather declare war first and then hunker down for an impeachment fight rather than wait until January when it’s almost inevitable that there will be investigations and he will, in turn, be impeached. A lot depends on Mueller. If Mueller throws down the gauntlet between now and January, we will enter a surreal moment in our nation’s history when we pretty much just sit around and wait for the new House to be sworn in.

That’s why is seems from a cold, hard white-knuckled political point of view, it makes a lot of sense for Trump to strike first by firing everyone he feels he needs to fire and pardon everyone he feels he needs to pardon — looking at you Don Jr. — and declare war on the House using every available political tool and resource at his disposal. Trump knows that he is, because of the 67 votes needed to convict him in the Senate, pretty much a dictator at this point. He’s a king. And he’s almost certain to be re-elected for various reasons including a riled up base, an exceptional economy and general Constitutional rot.

So, in that sense, I have a hunch that very, very, very soon Bob Mueller will be fired, half a dozen people will be pardoned and absolutely nothing happens in real terms for two months. Trump will have two months to pound away at the in coming House, he can frame any investigations in cold, hard political terms to his base and the country is completely torn apart for the few months it takes to investigate everything, impeach Trump, have it go to the Senate and then die there. Of course, given the states, Trump’s trial in the Senate is likely to be a modern day OJ trial for a lot of people.

On a personal note, I would like to call bullshit on anyone who waves off the need to impeach Trump. I feel it’s out of hands at this point. History has made its decision and it won’t take too much investigation on the part of the House for it to become apparent that Trump has to at least suffer the historic shame of impeachment, even if we all know he won’t be convicted. Remember, the absolute last argument of MAGA will be, “Yeah? Well convict him.”

In other words, we will all know the gory details of Trump’s obstruction of justice, his conspiracy with a foreign power to influence his election….and nothing will happen to him. He will be impeached, but not convicted and that, as they say, will be that. He will win re-election and there will be a lot — a lot — of stories about Trump is now “unbound” because we had one silver political bullet and we didn’t manage to strike the werewolf.

Or, put another way, what will have to learn about Trump will have to be simply staggering for us to get anywhere near convicting him in the Senate. I would also like to note that the moment MAGA people do the “Pence Pivot” whereby they talk about what a “man of God” Pence is and they really voted for Pence, not Trump in 2016 is the moment Trump’s goose is cooked. But what would have to happen for the Pence Pivot to happen would be so astonishing as to leave me astonished.

In short, Trump is likely going to get impeached, be acquitted in the Senate and cruse to a pleasant victory in 2020. That is without considering the possibility of a major terrorist attack or war with either Iran or the DPRK. So, Trump will start campaign in 2024 for his “legacy” and hopefully by that point The Resistance will have come up with the leadership necessary to deny him one.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He is working on his first novel. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

Herding Cats — I Call On The WHCA To Boycott The White House

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

I grew up wanting to be a journalist, and as such a I have a lot of respect for Jim Acosta and the rest of the White House Correspondence Association. the fact that Trump would abuse his power based on a bald face lie and revoke Acosta’s “hard pass” press credentials to the White House is enough to make my blood boil.

As such, it seems as thought desperate times call for drastic measures and as such the WHCA should boycott the White House en masse. They won’t do it, of course, but they should. They should take a principled stand on Acosta’s behalf and raise some hell. Go Howard Beal on them, if need be. They have a lot of individual power and if they acted collectively, it would be historic and powerful.

But I have very low exceptions.

And, besides, no one listens to me anyway.

V-Log: The Case For Impeaching Trump In 2019

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This is my response to people who think we “don’t have time” to impeach Trump in 2019.

V-Log: Rant — Flipping The House Is A BFD — Trump Is Going To Get Impeached

by Shelton Bumgarner
@bumgarls

This is a really good one. And if I went to high school with you and you’re MAGA — FUCK OFF.