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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GNU Vivian Branden


Vivian Branden is my beautiful grandmother. She left this mortal coil on June 22 of this year, and it’s taken me this long to be able to write about her. And I’m fairly certain whatever I write this day will not do her justice, especially after receiving an email from my aunt discussing Grandmother’s legacy. (Or, as my aunt started calling her years ago, because of the many relationships my grandmother had with various people: The Viv.) And why am I writing about The Viv now? you may ask. It’s not gotten any easier, and I type (off and on) through tears, but there’s a simple explanation: today (9/24) would have been (and technically is) my grandmother’s 97th birthday. There is so much about my … Continue reading

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Illness and Language


As a Sick Person (and yes, those capitols are intentional), I spend most of my days doing… well, not much. I go to my many doctors, practically every day of the week. I read (when I can concentrate), I watch Netflix (because it at least distracts my brain from thinking about the pain and my health issues), I sleep (when I can), I cry (which is often). I also think. Which as we all know, is a super-bad idea. Ha ha. Anyway, one of the things that has occurred to me, as I’ve filled out what feels like thousands of New Patient Forms for as many doctors, is they all ask you to describe your symptoms using, well, language. As we all know, language is … Continue reading

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So you want to be a writer…. (pt 1)

My old typewriter, that I purchased at an antique store in the middle of nowhere, Arkansas, for a mere $35. Every writer needs an old typewriter, mainly to remind us how far we

I signed up for The Insecure Writers Support Group (#IWSG) a while ago, which comes with the obligation to write a post the first Wednesday of every month. I signed up for several reasons: 1, 2, 3 ~ I’m a writer, I’m insecure, and I have opinions about writing that I want to share; 4 ~ I’m an editor; 5 ~ I figured it would force me to write a blog post at least once a month. It didn’t. And I got removed from the list of bloggers, as I should be, considering the last and first #IWSG post I wrote was in May. So, I signed up again and I’m trying again. Can’t promise there will be a post on writing the first Wednesday … Continue reading

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The Questions with A. Carina Barry: writer


In the not-so-long ago, I met Carina via some other online writer friends, and she runs one of the online writers’ groups I belong to. For some reason (because I’m that cool, I guess), she asked me to edit a couple of her stories for her book The Under-Circus and Other Tales. The Under-Circus is a very intriguing and fun setting, and I hope she and her husband Robert re-visit it again for another book. Looking back, I have no idea how I managed to do the edits that I, erm, managed to do, because I was also teaching full time. I even asked her to answer The Questions well over a year ago, and I’m finally able to get to posting them. So, I’ll … Continue reading

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Photo by me.

I can imagine that turning into a butterfly hurts. Not so much the cocooning – the wrapping yourself up in a warm dark place – But waking, blinking and disoriented, in a different state – every fundamental thing about you transformed – then the struggle to be released from where you put yourself. The unfolding of new, damp wings. The flexing of muscles you didn’t know you had. But Oh! The glory of that first flight – bird song in your ears sun in your face the horizon vast and welcoming. (20 March 2004; © D. Savannah George) I wrote that poem well over a decade ago, never expecting that I myself might one day feel like I am struggling to become a beautiful butterfly. … Continue reading

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