Some life-affirming projects


I am blessed enough to be involved with a group of people in Canada (small world!) who are doing some really great things, and I wanted to share the info with my faithful readers. Supporting these projects with shares and money would be welcome. But if you’re able to glean something to help yourownself in your personal life, so much the better. #ShiningALight Philip Be’er and Markus Fahrner are in the midst of real-izing a huge project to bring a new book to life aimed at creating freedom from emotional wounds whose roots go back to childhood. They are looking for supporters and investors of every amount to bring their work to fruition! Emotional safety unlocks a door to gentle and accelerated personal growth. Learning … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 3) –
with Bonus Thoughts on #NaNoWriMo


In my last post for the #IWSG, I told you that there are only two things you really need to do to be a writer: first, you read, and second, you write. I also told you I was going to go more into how it’s not quite that easy, and so I shall. I was looking through some old, old papers, and came across a list I’d written down while attending a writers’ conference a million years ago. (Or 20. More like 20.) I vaguely remember the person speaking (male), and the room (smallish? Maybe 25 (?) of us), and I definitely know it was long before email and e-books and self-publishing were viable alternatives to agents and publishers and all that. If you wanted to … Continue reading

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Book Launch: In Memory. #GNUTerryPratchett

I have mailed books to all these places. Guess I

If you’ve read my blog for a minute, or followed me at all on social media (or have known me since high school), you know I am a reader, a bibliophile, and, to some extent, a book hoarder, tho I’ve gotten better. According to the awesome, of which I have a been a member since 2005, I have mailed 367 books all across the USA. (I would have mailed more, but since I’ve been sick, I’ve had to severely decrease the books I post on my shelf to share because I can’t afford the postage anymore.) (By the way, if you are a book lover in the US, PaperBackSwap is awesome. They have a small fee to be a member, and you otherwise only pay … Continue reading

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State of my health, or What #InvisibleIllness is like

No filter. No makeup. No sleep. In my studio. Middle of the night, thanks to insomnia. I don

Since I’ve blogged and tweeted and Facebooked, etc., about my struggles with my health, and since I’ve asked for donations to help pay for all my tests and meds and doctors not covered by insurance (and they all aren’t), I thought I should give an update. And (deep breath), it’s a long one. I’ve been working on this post for days, and according to WordPress, I’ve made 61 revisions. So, I’m just gonna finish this shortly and send it out in the world, come what may. Now, some people might think that I’m sharing way too much information, and I’ll admit: it is a lot. But there are a couple reasons I’m doing this. First, if you are suffering emotionally or physically, or both, I … Continue reading

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Book Launch: Naked in Public


In the early early days of my blog (December 2012), children’s author Christi Zellerhoff answered The Questions. Well, apparently she has kept up with my ramblings (isn’t that nice?) and contacted me late last month to see if I’d be willing to feature her a book recently published by her younger sister, Staci Sprout. She (Christi) said a lot of flattering things, so of course I said yes. (Ha ha.) Actually, I said yes because of the subject matter. While Christi’s book is for kids, Staci’s is very much for grown-ups. And it looks at a difficult subject matter that not a lot of people would be willing to write about, much less write about and publish, much less want to publicize: sexual addiction. I … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer…. (pt 2)


I’ve been thinking about my next (this) post for the The Insecure Writers Support Group (#IWSG) series, like, a LOT. And I’ve basically decided that being a writer comes down to two very simple things. First, you have to do this: And then, you have to do this: That’s it. Read, to learn the craft, then write, to hone YOUR craft and figure out your unique voice. Yeah, it’s that simple. (And next month I’ll tell you why it’s not really that simple at all.) dSavannah bonus: I’ve signed up for #NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. This is my first time signing up for it. I think I must be cray-cray to even consider it, when I think about my health problems, my doctors’ visits, … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2015


Hi. My name is dSavannah, and I read banned books. And I’m helping celebrate / promote (demote?) / raise awareness for Banned Books Week, which was created in 1982 by the American Library Association (ALA), which reports that more than 11,300 books have been challenged since that time. Last year, in 2014, 311 challenges were reported to the ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. (Note: not all challenges get reported to them. I shudder to think how many more there might be if all challenged books got reported.) Okay, so why are books being banned and/or challenged? This handy graphic from the American Library Association shows the top reasons: Note that the top reasons are “offensive language” and “sexually explicit”. (If our kids can’t learn bad … Continue reading

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