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Book Launch: What Girls Are Made Of

Not me. My grandmother. But also, a girl.

In case my dear readers haven’t noticed, I’m a girl. I was born a girl, I’ll die a girl. (Sans some parts, cuz, well, some of them were bad.) I’m also a feminist, which means I believe in equality for the sexes. And, as I’ve written about before, I’ve suffered abuse because I’m a girl. And sexual harassment. And mistreatment in the workplace because I’m a girl. And I’m afraid of many, many things that men cannot even fathom, because they are men and I’m a girl. Which leads me to this book, What Girls Are Made Of, which launches today. I first encountered this author’s work when I was able to request her children’s book Far From Fair from Amazon Vine (the super-secret group … Continue reading

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#dSavannah #HolidayGiftGuide2016

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Well, y’all may have noticed I haven’t posted in a while.  I even got kicked off the Insecure Writers Support Group blog hop list (as I should be). Let’s just say I’ve been busy. And I haven’t had the brain power to blog. I still don’t. But, the holidays are upon us, and although I can’t financially support all my friends who are creators, artists & writers, I can certainly tell you about them, in my Holiday Gift Guide, 2016. Enjoy. And #SupportCreatorsWritersAndArtists. And give some really awesome gifts in the process. 1 #Artist Diego Jourdan Pereira Adult #ColoringBooks! (incl. #GrumpyCat) amazon 2 #BrunswickArtist #Painter Gene Threats his site 3 #YAWriter Mike Grosso #YA #Debut #Book “I Am Drums” B&N Bonus: email him with a … Continue reading

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 8)

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Once again, it is time for me to ramble on writing for the Insecure Writers Support monthly post. In the past, I have written about things you should be doing as a writer. However, this is the: What *NOT* to do Edition. There are jillions of articles on what to do if you want to be a writer, but not too many on what you should NOT do. So using my vast knowledge of all of those things (which means, either YES I have done it, or YES I have had it done to me), I shall impart my words of wisdom. DO NOT visit a big bookstore and get discouraged because it is filled to the brim with other books and then think “what … Continue reading

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The Questions with Joy Ross Davis: writer

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Poor Joy. I feel so terrible. I asked quite a while back for people to answer The Questions and Joy kindly answered. Like three years ago. And, my life… happened, or stopped happening, as the case may be. Back then, Joy only had one book out, Countenance, “a suspenseful yet heartfelt story full of intrigue and unexpected revelations, where magic is made in the kitchen and angels can fall in love.” Now she has, erm, eleven! books listed on Amazon! Which just goes to show what can happen if you put your mind to it, and write. You’ve waited long enough for them, so here are Joy’s answers to: The Questions 8. Your favorite book growing up? Your favorite book now? When I was 12, … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – N is for…

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My theme this year for the #AtoZchallenge is #dSavannahDefects, aka “What’s it’s like dealing with #InvisibleIllnesses”. Or, in short, {some of} what’s wrong with me. … nutrition I’m sure you’ve heard this your whole life, but nutrition and what you eat is important. Just as you put good gas in a sports car, and make sure you use the appropriate type of oil, you put the right food in your body. I would like to point out, right here, right now, that nutrition and diet are not the same thing. “Diet” has become a dirty word. It is associated with other words like “yo-yo” and “atkins” and “weight” (specifically losing it), when a diet is really just what you eat. (And it pisses me off … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – D is for…

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… depression I suffer from depression. It is a liar, that depression, but its words ring true. It is a dark hole I find myself in, a hole that I often have a difficult time escaping. It is a heavy weight on my chest. It is the words ‘you’re worthless’ whispered to me in the dark, in the daylight. It is the feeling of intense lethargy, of being unable to move, nor really wanting to. Depression goes far beyond being sad about something. It is sadness times 1,000. Times a million. It doesn’t make logical sense, the depression. It can look at all the great things in your life and dismiss them. Tell you that you don’t deserve them. That it’s a fluke you have … Continue reading

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GNU Pat Conroy

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On Friday, the world lost another great voice with the death of author Pat Conroy, who passed away of pancreatic cancer at age 70, just four weeks after his diagnosis. When I read the news about the cancer, I knew he wouldn’t last long. I wish I hadn’t been right. I was introduced to his work my freshman year at college. I was “dating” (using the term incredibly loosely) a guy who gave me a copy of The Prince of Tides. I don’t remember exactly what he said when he gave it to me; just something about how I should read it. You probably need to know several things about me before I tell you how the book impacted me, in order to understand the why. … Continue reading

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