Every small town has that one notorious crime. In Anniston and Calhoun County, that distinction belongs to the Black Widow.
I owe my greatest passion to a woman I didn’t like very much and who, I’m pretty sure, didn’t really like me either. Not that I can blame her. I was kind of awful.
There have been "The Gospel According to …" books published on everything from "Star Wars" to Starbucks, from The Beatles to Harry Potter. There are books on the gospel according to superheroes, Disney, even the alternative rock band Radiohead.
The blood was still churning in the water and the bikini-clad, blonde damsel had just barely escaped the jaws of the man-eating (or, in this case, woman-eating) great white shark when my 8-year-old daughter used a handful of buttered popcorn to steal my attention away from the movie screen.
William Thornton understands the mercurial nature of inspiration. After 20-plus years in journalism — currently covering East Alabama for the Alabama Media Group — Thornton has learned that hard work and discipline — not sitting around waiting for divine intervention — is what gets stories g…