Steven Seagal and Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead

"Have you seen Night of the Comet?"

I ask everyone this question at least three times. It's a must-see. Zombies, a cheerleader with a gun, and a comet that takes out most of human life. I mean, come on. It's a perfect movie.

Night of the Comet, every Steven Seagal movie ever made, and Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead are some of my earliest memories of entertainment. I do mean earliest. Imagine a six-year-old who new all the words, even the bad ones, to Lethal Weapon. That was me.

My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and I was the last one out. I am the baby of the family which means my parents were tired of raising kids when I came along. This almost meant I was exposed to excellent television early and often.

It is because of this that I decided to write my mom in the theme of an action hero in Licorice in the Time of COVID-19. While the flash fiction piece doesn't include any explosion, it does include a mindless hoard, a fierce enemy from a Facebook group, and the collapse of a mountain...of dog food.

Who knows - next time, I may add an explosion.


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Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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