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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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#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

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#IWSG – So you want to be a writer…. (pt 7)

Insecure Writers Support Group

It’s time once again for my ruminations on the art and craft of writing for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. (And if you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, you’re probably doing it wrong.) (Just kidding. If you’re a writer, and you’re not insecure, please share your secret with the world.) Anywho, I’ve previously told you that we fight writers’ block; to write with balance; to read and write; The Ten Commandments of Writing; getting used to disappointment; and learning how to deal with criticism (a dreaded “C” word). Today, I want to chat with you a little bit more about the business of writing. Many, many authors think that if they do the hard work of writing a book, all of their dreams will … Continue reading

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Advice for the Over-Extended

INJF

I’m now in a group on Facebook for people who fall in the INFJ spectrum of the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The indicator is an interesting way to learn more about yourself or the people around you. I fall into INFJ, which stands for Introversion, Intuition, Judging, and Feeling. Every time I take the test, I always come out INFJ. This is a screenshot of my most recent results. (The only bit I find interesting is that I would have thought my intuition score would be higher. Otherwise, it’s spot on.) If you’d like to learn more about you, you can take the official online assessment (for a fee), or you can take this free personality test that is based on the MBTI. Also, Thought … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – J is for…

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… journey So, basically the dealio with me getting behind (as I alluded to in yesterday’s post) in my personal blog writing and my visiting of fellow #AtoZChallenge blogs and reading them and commenting (snarkily, in many cases) and tweeting them is… (and I’ll try to make this long story short)… I went on a little journey. Last week was Spring Break for my hubs’ niece & nephew (and yes, I claim them as mine, too), and we promised to go with them (and their mom, hubs’ sis) to the Georgia Coast (Beach time!). Well, hubs and I were supposed to leave on Sunday, but I felt like death warmed over, so we didn’t go. I didn’t feel any better on Monday, so hubs went … Continue reading

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#dSavannahDefects – F is for…

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…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

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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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