Category Archives: making a difference

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)

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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All I can do is cry…

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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

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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

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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 – X 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. Down to our last letters! Whew! … X-tras So, yeah. I’m kinda cheating on today’s letter, but that’s my prerogative as a writer. And blogger. So today is for “x-tras” that didn’t make it into other posts, for whatever reason. (Either I thought of it later, or I was tired that day, or whatever. Or it’s appropriate for today.) A lot of topics fit within my theme, but I didn’t get around to writing about them. I gotta be honest. This writing every day like this and answering comments is tiring. And I stopped visiting other blogs and tweeting them … Continue reading

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