I Mustache You Some Questions

So, Mark Ethridge tagged me for the Mustache Survey (or the “Four Answers” survey), which is also going around Facebook, and I decided to play along on this here blog. Here’s my answered survey. And yeah, I’m sure you were DYING to know my answers. You’re welcome.   Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name: Kitten (hubs calls me that, or Sea Spook) Dr. Jorge (my students called me that; tho I am not a Doctor, nor do I play one on TV) Cakes (long story) Grandma Moses (due to my crocheting; it was a mean thing kids called me long ago) Four Jobs I’ve Had: Floral department at Winn-Dixie (grocery store); also deli, where I made all the signs and created … Continue reading

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Diving deep into mental illness

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Hi. My name is dSavannah and I suffer from mental illness. Specifically, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and OCD tendencies. I’ve talked about my issues before, but I felt compelled to address them again in a specific blog post, because I just finished reading Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a member of the Amazon Vine program, which means I get to pick out books (and other items) to review. And Challenger Deep was available. BUT… I almost didn’t order it, based on the description: “A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force.” Reason being, I fight with my own demons, and I find it difficult to read things that contribute to … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Wrath & Bones by A.J. Aalto

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As usual, I’m a day late and (thousands of) dollar short: I was supposed to publish this Cover Reveal *yesterday*, and after I BEGGED the author, A.J. Aalto, to do a cover reveal. Sigh. (And hangs my head in shame.) But, as usual, life happened, so here I am, finally revealing the cover I begged to show. I know A.J. from Facebook (not IRL; she lives in Canada), and I find her to be a hilarious and awesome individual. To get her writing done, she gets up at 4am. That’s about when I’m going to sleep, usually. We have lots of fun sparring and chatting on Facebook. If we got together in person, you’d probably need to call the SWAT team on us. (I kid, … Continue reading

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dSavannah’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Well, it’s that time of year: the holidays. And yes, I say holidays, because it could be any number of them for you: Kwaanza, Hanukkah, Christmas, Ramadan, etc. Plus, if you’re in the Western Hemisphere, you celebrate the New Year. And most people do some sort of gift-swapping celebration, so I am here to help you find the perfect gift for that special someone, without ever stepping foot in a store. (You’re welcome.) First of course, you can purchase something from me. I am an artist, after all, as well as an author and rambler. Hop over to my Facebook page, grab the 50% off code for my artfire store, then hop over there and go shopping! (The code is good through Dec. 19.) I … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 4)

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Well, it’s that time again: I said I’d participate in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog posting (first Wednesday of every month), so here I am. Post #4. Sadly, I haven’t really got anything to say. Or much to say. (For me, same thing.) Which is weird, as I am a writer, and have always considered myself to be one, ever since I was a wee lass and could hold some sort of instrument of torture. Erm, writing. In fact, because I considered myself to be a writer, I had a difficult time considering myself to be an artist and to do my painting, drawing, etc. Anywho, last time I told you I was going to participate in National Novel Writing Month (or #NaNoWriMo, but … Continue reading

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Some life-affirming projects

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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

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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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