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Feature and Follow #16

Q: Activity! Who is your to-die-for book crush? What do you think they look like? Add an image to make us all happy.  This is really really out of my normal scope of books that I review or read. I don't really read country romance, or cowboy stuff. But maybe I should start because there's something about a guy in a cowboy hat that just flat out does it for me. So much so that I made my hubby wear one when we got married! Really melts my butter, if ya know what I mean! Frankly, not every guy can pull off the look, but this one sure does!

Hope 4 Paws Motivation Monday #6

You know what motivates me? When I start to feel really a lot of pity for myself, or feel sorry for myself, I have to remind myself sometimes that its not all about me. Problems have a way, really, of working themselves out. I am definitely one of those people who believe that I didn't rescue my pets, they rescued me.
After seeing these two videos, I donated to Hope 4 Paws, and I hope it will inspire you to help, too.





Pretty: A Novel by Jillian Lauren

Pretty: A Novel by Jillian Lauren




I loved this book, and I would keep it in regular rotation to read again and again.
I've been there, Bebe.
Bebe is the main character, and I love novels written from first person, inside the character's head. She's currently in a halfway house, recovering from a bad car accident which killed her boyfriend. It's novel about searching, about connections, about family--and lack thereof--about love and loss and sex and drugs. All the good makings of a novel. It's not for the squeamish, it's not for anyone who can't handle drug use, recovery, addiction (of all kinds--sex, drugs, and food), and the impulses that ultimately make us cracked, flawed human beings.



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Things I'm Thankful For x's3: You are Not Alone, Politics and Books!

There are a lot of things I am thankful for.

You Are Not Alone
I can remember many a Thanksgiving and holiday season I've spent alone. And depressed, and probably in some degree of pain from a medical condition. So I'm thankful for my husband, and the love he's given me over the years. I am so happy, grateful, lucky and blessed I have someone who loves me, cares for me and looks out for me.
But I'll never forget what it felt like to be that girl--scared, sick, alone, and depressed. No one to talk to. Nowhere to go. Feeling lost, feeling so isolated from the family experience of love and togetherness, no matter how dysfunctional many of our families can be.
If anyone who reads this blog ever feels that way, and wants someone to chat with, I'm always available on Twitter! Seriously, I'm there all the time! @xbluestockingx
And so I'm thankful for social media that lets me connect with awesome like-minded people. 

Politics
This is from Randi Rhodes, I did *N…

Writing Music

Best Writing Music of 2012 http://t.co/ApYCUJ2I @GalleyCat

I love music. I love combining different disciplines.
When I was in grad school, I adopted the habit of listening to a lot of progressive, house, electro, chill, psybient music. I'm one of those people who can't work in a vacuum. I have to have noise, or else I go crazy.
But, I'm a little crazy anyway.  =)

How to Write Story Through Character http://t.co/IKVrr3Iw via @SHalvatzis http://twitter.com/AnneMCarpenter/status/270624030665625600

Feature and Follow #15

Q: Books are turned into movies all the time! Turn it around. What movie would make a great book?I like movies about how people get fractured, and damaged from abuse, especially young women. Maybe it's because of my own experiences. I tend to write a lot about this issues as well. So one movie I'd like to see turned into a book would be "The Ward". It would be interesting to see a book written from all the different perspectives of the main character's personalities. Hmmm...that sounds like a good idea, actually...lol

No more Free Shit to People!

I hate it when people want stuff. And things. Free stuff and free things, on my dime. 

Things like..being able to marry the person of your choice. Things like control over the decisions about your own body, the private decisions you  make in your own bedroom and in your doctor's office, things like not being shamed if you happen to be assaulted. Some thoughts about what happens to your taxes.
Want to improve unemployment and reduce the amount of people on welfare? Invest in education. Stop this anti-intellectualism. By this I mean the shit I have to hear from students on a regular basis: this arms-crossed-over-chest voice where they inform me they'd rather have an elephant sized needle inserted into an eardrum than read a book--gasp!--for fun. And that, my dear child, is why a career in the fast food arts is the best you can hope for.  
Access to affordable health care? Why, that's just a slippery slope to the Third Reich! Because when I think of Hitler, the first thing…

Who The Hell Cares About These People?

I can't believe these reports I'm reading about secession, and employers laying off workers to be spiteful that their candidate didn't win. If you hate this country so much, leave. Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. There are plenty off other places to move to where a national religion is forced on you, you can disrespect women all you want, and you'll never have to worry about getting an education, earning a decent wage, seeing a doctor, or voting ever again. Grow up. 



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America lost...how exactly?

Every candidate--every single one of them that voiced the opinion that women's bodies are something to be legislated or controlled lost in this election. If your response to rape is anything except AW HELL NO doesn't deserve to hold office.
I wish this would give conservatives the opportunity to re-think their values. But what I see on Facebook a lot, because I have Republican friends and family, is this woe-is-the-country America lost, the Constitution lost, things like that.
And I'm trying to figure out how letting people love and marry whoever they damn well please is a loss. I'm trying to figure out how women holding more elected offices than ever before is a loss.
As I teach my students in my critical thinking classes, you MUST look at both sides when writing an essay or academic paper. So I'm trying to take my own advice. Why exactly is this a huge loss "for America?"
The argument seems to be mostly about welfare and taxes. It's this idea that w…

Wordless Wednesday #7 Election Reaction

His inability to do math is also telling, as Obama has won both the popular and electoral vote
Seriously. ~Haru "Mitt Romney hasn’t given a national television interview since sitting down with Wolf Blitzer on CNN 23 days ago. He has not answered a single question from the press in 22 days. Among the requests that he has turned down, Romney has refused to answer questions from children on Nickelodeon. He has refused to be interviewed and take the questions of young voters on MTV. Romney was so terrified of The View that he canceled and sent his wife in his place. He has turned down David Letterman, and every major news network including Fox News. Bill O’Reilly has been screaming at the top of his lungs trying to get an interview with Romney before election day, but the Romney campaign made it clear on October 23 that they were scheduling no more interviews. However, this ban has also extended to the members of the press who are covering Romney everyday. The pool reporters covering Romney ask questions each day, and the candidate pretends that he doesn’t hear them. This has…