Category Archives: feminism

My thoughts on Lady Gaga’s documentary & chronic illness

Lady Gaga at a doctor

dSavannah note: Yes, this is my first post in a long time. Yes, there are probably errors. Everything sounds great in my head, and then I go to write it out, and my brain drops out and my eyes cross and my back spasms and the words turn to mush. (A fun benefit of having a chronic illness.) I’ll admit: I’ve never really been a fan of Lady Gaga. I’ve never actively disliked her either, but I never really cared for her or her crazy persona with the wild outfits and wigs, or her pop music (I’m more a blues, alternative, rock – and occasionally rap – girl). But the chronic illness community has been talking about Lady Gaga’s documentary, now streaming on Netflix, and … Continue reading

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Goodreads Book Giveaway from Rachel In The OC

Broken Pieces paperback

As y’all know, I am a big supporter of fellow writers and artists, and so I’m pleased to share this special giveaway with my loyal readers. Goodreads Book Giveaway Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson Giveaway ends June 30, 2014. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter to win Title: Broken Pieces Genre/Keywords: Non-fiction Length: 113 pages Extras: Free Sample * Authorgraph Release date: ebook: December 19, 2012 * print: December 12, 2013 ebook ISBN: 9780578117836 ASIN: B00AR0T74S Purchase: Amazon * Barnes & Noble Book Summary: Broken Pieces is an award-winning book about relationships, a study of women, and a book with heart. Vastly different in tone from her previous essay collections A Walk In The Snark and The Mancode: Exposed, Broken Pieces is a collection … Continue reading

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M is for…


Unless my counting skills are waaaaay off, which is possible, M is the 13th letter of the alphabet, which means I have made it half-way through this here #AtoZchallenge2014 challenge. YAY me! Sadly, once again, I had a complete and utter blank mind when it came to figure out a topic for this illustrious letter ~ I had really hoped when I signed up for the challenge to find partners who might come up with ideas for with me ~ but alas, that was not to be. (Although I could copy my partner Chad Clark and say M is for Monsters, but he’s pretty well got that covered.) So of course, in situations like this, one consults one’s bestie for ideas, and she came up … Continue reading

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The Questions with Anne Baker: #TeamOrange edition


As I’ve discussed in previous posts, I am a proud member of #TeamOrange, a group of writers who banded together to create the anthology Orange Karen: A Tribute to a Warrior, with all proceeds going to help fellow writer Karen DeLabar and her family pay for medical expenses associated with her bout with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Our next guest for the #TeamOrange edition of The Questions is Anne Baker, a complete & utter stranger to me. This is Anne, reading her very own copy of the anthology. Doesn’t she look happy?!?!?               ————————> All I know about Anne is that we have now been published in the same book, and the answers she kindly provided for this post. Let’s meet her together, eh? The … Continue reading

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The *Next Big Thing* Blog Hop


Welcome to the NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop. What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way for readers to discover authors new to them. On this stop on the blog hop, you’ll find a bit of information on me and one of my books and links to other authors you can explore! My gratitude to fellow author Joy Ross Davis for inviting me to participate in this event. Visit Joy’s website to learn more about her and read an excerpt from her upcoming book, Countenance. She was invited to the hop by my friend, K.D. McCrite, who answered The Questions on November 9, 2012. In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book … Continue reading

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Looking back at 2012


2012 was interesting, to say the least. I got a book contract in January, and my book, A Spicy Secret, #22 in the Annie’s Attic Mystery series, came out in December. (It’s still kinda surreal to see a book with my name on it on my bookshelf.) (And also weird to have people ask for my autograph!) At the urging of other writers, I started tweeting. I also started this blog; my first entry, Start at the Beginning, went live on August 11. In 2012, my blog got 2,200 views from 27 countries, including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, India, Germany, Austria, and Australia. That may not seem like a lot, but for a newbie blogger, I find it thrilling. Thank you all for stopping … Continue reading

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The Questions with Sarah Martinez: writer & editor


I am often amazed at the power of the internet to connect people. This post’s guest lives all the way in Seattle, Washington, which I love. I went there on my honeymoon with my practice husband about a million years ago. (My uncle gave us plane tickets to anywhere in the US, and we picked the furthest spot we could go.) Sarah’s first book is Sex and Death in the American Novel, something I would probably never pick up, as I’m not into erotic novels. But I might now, based on Sarah’s answers to The Questions. By the way, that awesome photo ^^^? I totally stole that off Sarah’s Facebook page. It’s of her books in Edmonds Bookshop, right next to those of one of … Continue reading

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