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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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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 5)

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So it’s time once again for my ramblings on the craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, or #IWSG. I didn’t end up writing anything for January or February (bad me), even tho I’m supposed to write something on the first Wednesday of every month. They didn’t kick me out of the club (hooray!), so I’m still blog #187. Not that the number matters. Being a Sick Person means that time sorta runs together, and before I knew it, the first Wednesday of January had gone by, and then the first Wednesday of February was gone too. Shame on me. However, I’m actually writing this in mid-February, to get ready. I’m sure I’ll be reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing this post … Continue reading

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#FictionFriday: The Family Business

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dSavannah note: Thank you to all of twelve of you {per my site stats} who stopped by last week and read my first entry for #FictionFriday. I really appreciate it, more than you know. I also appreciate your comments. Yes, the accent was difficult to read, but it was also difficult to write. I actually ended up sorting every word in the story to make sure I spelled everything wrong… consistently. It was, as one of you pointed out, to show how bad off society has gotten. Education has slipped; it’s a wonder my poor {unnamed} character can write at all. A couple of you (thanks writer pals Gareth and Jerry) said you wanted to read more in that world, which is something I had … 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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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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Book Launch: Naked in Public

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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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Banned Books Week 2015

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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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