Monday, January 30, 2012

Godless Bitches

About Godless Bitches

This is a podcast that I recently started listening to, and now that I have I am downloading and listening to all their back episodes. Think intelligent discussions (using reason) about feminism, atheism, politics, sex, all the good stuff.

Spring Challenges for 2012

So I'm participating in two Spring Challenges this year: I'm Hearing Voices and the A to Z Blog Challenge. You can check out information about these challenges by clicking on the links above, on my sidebar, or by visiting my Challenge Page! Looking forward to it!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

"Some Girls" by Jillian Lauren Book Review

"Some Girls" written by Jillian Lauren is the story of one American girl's experience in a harem, during the early part of the 1990's. The story takes place in multiple locations: New York, suburban New Jersey and Brunei, the royal sultanate capitol of Borneo. When I see the word "sultanate" I immediately think of the middle east, Muslim culture, sand dunes and Bedouin tents, and while there's a nod to that kind of culture in the novel, Borneo is actually part of Southeast Asia, and some of the other women Lauren encounters are Filipino, Korean, Indian, etc. The book follows Lauren's journey from struggling actress and unpaid theatre intern (believe me, been there done THAT!) to working in an escort agency, to becoming a part of a handpicked harem halfway across the world.
I know I've used the word "girl" and "woman" interchangeably, and that's been on purpose, because that's what I believe is part of the story here: a girl asked to deal with a woman's issues and a woman who is, as Lauren describes herself "a good girl at heart." This novel is very much about Lauren's search for identity and a meaningful relationships and it's a solid thread throughout the whole story, as is the search for her birth mother.
I read reviews on Amazon AFTER I've finished a book. I found this book originally in BUST Magazine, and was intrigued enough to buy it. I have to agree somewhat with some of the criticisms I found there, because I do feel a sense of detachment between writer and the story while I'm reading. I know this from my own experience: a certain amount of detachment is necessary in order to do some of the things we need to do in order to survive. Believe me, if you let it all in and let it all change you (and the world will fuck you up and change you if you let it) you'll end up what my hubs calls "a soup sandwich". That is, a hot mess. I would have enjoyed some more detail about her thoughts and feelings and physical descriptions, especially when it came to the meat of the story; Lauren came through with more feeling and heart when she spoke about growing up with her adoptive parents, and describing the abortion that her boyfriend made her get. I picked up this book to read what it was like being in a harem, and I could have used some more detail about that. Most of the book is a memoir about growing up and struggling as an actress and artist. Which is fine, but not completely what I was expecting in a book titled "My Life in a Harem." I also agree with some people's criticism of the ending. All of a sudden it's five years later, and while I can relate to the tattooed pariah in conservative suburbia, I am left wondering about what happened during those five years.
I read the book cover to cover in less than two days, and while not a gushing "dear diary" kind of revelation (or redemption as some of the critics of the book have asked for) it's still a compelling read for some of its flaws and I would be intrigued to see how this writer grows in her other books.
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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Writing Prompts and Predictions for 2012!

Yay! First post of the year! Here are some predictions for 2012 that I've culled from the internet that also double as writing prompts. I got these from all over the place, but many were from Coast to Coast Am ( For those of you who don't follow, here's my shameless promo of the show: It's a nightly radio show, which you can listen to live or via podcast, discussing everything from space and time travel, to aliens and bigfoot and ghosts to magic and psychic powers. Like I said, everything! Plus you get an added sense of being a part of this secret night community. Be a part of the cool kids'club and check them out!

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1.A "very large object" will pass between the moon and Earth, turning the sky red and dropping rocks in its wake.
2.A significant buried treasure will be discovered somewhere in the United States.

3.A 5.0+ earthquake in mid-to-central California due to hit in May. Later in January,  major tremor is said to hit NYC.
4. 2012 will be the year that the existence of Bigfoot is confirmed after a badly injured or dead creature is recovered following a natural disaster.
5. A murder investigation into Kurt Cobain's death will be opened by the police.
6. A school shooting similar to Columbine as well as some kind of terror attack involving trains.
7. UFOs will land on the White House lawn on 12.21.2012.
8. Many such predictions involve alien contact or invatsion especially close to the date of 12.21.12:
--a world superpower will upset the aliens, resulting in the country being wiped out by the ETs.
--some say that aliens will not come to Earth, but will try to communicate with the human race.
9. A "covert lunar probe" revealing ancient structures on the moon and such information being leaked onto the Internet.
10. Regarding the 2012 presidential election, ou cant ake your pick of any number of predictions, as to who will win, how they win and why.
11. Some predict an assassination attempt on the new North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, while others predict that Fidel Castro will die in 2012.
12. The United States will finally discover life on Mars in form that is both organic and intelligent.

13. With the impending doom of the 2012 prediction, some believe that clean drinking water will become increasingly scarce, causing legal battles and financial difficulties for average Americans.
14. Of course what's a prediction without bringin the SuperBowl into it? Either way you have a 50% change: Raiders or Patriots.  

You can always spice up your prediction by taking one and combining  it with another: What if, for example, the Raiders win the Super Bowl just as aliens land on the front lawn of the White House?
The point is to keep writing, not second guess yourself.

On Loneliness, Pt. 2

He stops short of the entryway, and his shadow falls long over the carpet. "Come out and say how-do," I say jokingly. It was a f...