Category Archives: friends

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

Insecure Writers Support Group

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

Posted in #IWSG, author, books, BookWhore, community, dreams, editing, fiction, friends, hard work, inspiration, learning, making a difference, perseverance, writershelpingwriters, writing | 17 Comments

All I can do is cry…

Chelsea

I wanted to write a post about having gratitude even in the midst of being a Sick Person, but then death smacked me upside the head a few days ago, and then social media flooded with stories of the woman attacked and sexually assaulted by the Stanford student (whose name I refuse to speak), and the lenient sentence he got, and … I just can’t. All I can do is cry. I cry for the victim of that horrible crime, even as I applaud ‘Emily Doe’s’ courage in writing and reading her Victim Statement, and sharing it with the world. It is hard to read. (But I hope you do.) It makes me cry more. But it is also hopeful. That maybe what she went … Continue reading

Posted in abuse, community, depression, evil, family, friends, giving to others, hell, illness, love, making a difference, perseverance, shining a light, the dark places, violence | 8 Comments

#dSavannahDefects – R is for…

R

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. … Rest In Peace Lemme tell you, chronic fatigue and insomnia are not friends. I was awake for 24 hours, then slept for 22, and woke up to an email from musician/writer Alex Woodward that Prince had died. And then of course, as I scrolled through my Facebook feed, people shared their Prince stories, and his music, and how much he meant to them, and how sad they are. This year has not been kind to our celebrities and people who shaped our generation, and thus our collective consciousness. So much sadness. So much loss. And then, just a few … Continue reading

Posted in #AtoZchallenge2016, #dSavannahDefects, community, friends, health, illness | 14 Comments

#dSavannahDefects – F is for…

F

…fatigue If I need to quickly define my health issues, I say I have “chronic fatigue and chronic pain”. (Cuz even *I* can’t remember all 20-something of my diagnoses.) As I described depression as being sad times 1,000, fatigue is being tired times 1,000. Times a million. I just ran across a site called “Mis-Treated“, about a woman’s search for answers to health problems. As I’ve clicked and clicked and read a bunch of posts, I’m mentally jumping up and down (cuz physically jumping up and down would hurt). She is writing about ME. About MY Story. About dealing with being chronically ill and disabled. She wrote a very cogent post, “Five Reasons Fatigue Isn’t Like Normal Tiredness (Proving Most People Don’t Get It)“. And … Continue reading

Posted in #AtoZchallenge2016, #dSavannahDefects, abuse, childhood, community, depression, family, friends, giving to others, health, history, inspiration, making a difference, mental illness, quotes, shining a light, the dark places | 16 Comments

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

header

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

Posted in author, books, BookWhore, community, cover reveal, friends, giving to others, writershelpingwriters, writing | 2 Comments

dSavannah’s Holiday Gift Guide

Christmas_tree

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

Posted in art, artist, books, community, family, friends, giving to others, love | Leave a comment

Book Launch: In Memory. #GNUTerryPratchett

I have mailed books to all these places. Guess I

If you’ve read my blog for a minute, or followed me at all on social media (or have known me since high school), you know I am a reader, a bibliophile, and, to some extent, a book hoarder, tho I’ve gotten better. According to the awesome PaperBackSwap.com, of which I have a been a member since 2005, I have mailed 367 books all across the USA. (I would have mailed more, but since I’ve been sick, I’ve had to severely decrease the books I post on my shelf to share because I can’t afford the postage anymore.) (By the way, if you are a book lover in the US, PaperBackSwap is awesome. They have a small fee to be a member, and you otherwise only pay … Continue reading

Posted in artist, author, book launch, books, community, e-book, fantasy, fiction, friends, giving to others, hard work, illness, making a difference, sci-fi, writershelpingwriters, writing | 2 Comments