Writers blocked: Even fantasy fiction is now offensive – The Spectator Online…

This topic is . . . complicated. Once upon a time (two years ago to be exact) I wrote a story centering on a bi-ethnic girl (half-Black and half-Japanese). I was told that because I wasn’t Japanese I would receive criticism (as an appetizer to the vitriolic shaming a la meat-tenderizing) to follow. I learned from the wonderful author, Linda Sue Park (A LONG WALK TO WATER) that writing outside of your ethnic group is okay so long as you do it intelligently, sensitively, and knowledgeable. There’s more to it than that and I will most likely write more about my experience and this new trend (yes, please oh please, let this be a passing trend) where even when writers are sincere, passionate, compassionate, and accurate in their story-telling are bullied and shamed into writing self-centered memoirs. Write what you know has taken on a sinister, new meaning. :*(

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Persecution is endemic in the vicious world of Young Adult publishing

It was Lionel Shriver who saw the writing on the wall.

Giving a keynote speech at the Brisbane Writers Festival three years ago in which she decried the scourge of modern identity politics, Shriver observed that the dogma of ‘cultural appropriation’ —which demands no less than complete racial segregation in the arts — had not yet wrapped its osseous fingers around the publishing industry.

But, she warned: ‘This same sensibility is coming to a bookstore near you.’

Reader, it has come.

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How to Market Your Self-Published Book to Independent Bookstores

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How to Market Your Self-Published Book to Independent Bookstores

Reading Time: 5 minutesNot everyone may say it, but it’s in everybody’s dreams to see their published books on a shelf in an independent bookstore.

This desire is justified: obviously, every one of us wants to go down in history as a person who wrote a bestseller or even a masterpiece that future generations will gladly read.

This seems like a wonderful dream that just comes true when you finish writing your book. Yet, in reality, not everything is as easy as it may seem. It’s likely that a publishing house will refuse to work with you or the editor won’t like your book. Besides, the added expense of working with a publishing house can strip you of the money that you can put into really smart book promotion strategies.

Because if you’re an author and…

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News: Tupac’s Estate Creates Poetry Contest In Honor Of The Slain Rapper

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The month of April is celebrated as National Poetry Month, and the arbiters of the Tupac Shakur’s estateare calling for all poets to submit their work for a contest. While the lyricism, style, and wit of the slain rapper has beenadmired since he was gunned down on the streets of Las Vegas in 1996, at the heart of his artistry, Shakur was a poet.

Pac was often criticized forhis “Thug Life” exteriorand vulgarity expressed in his songs, but he was multi-layered as he was misunderstood. His cultural and social-consciousness made him an activist and voice for marginalized communities, and aside from the chart-topping hits that he is remembered for, the creators of this contest hope to continue his legacy through an art form that he loved so dearly.


Those interested in the contest must write a piece…

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On Hiatus!

Summer is coming! Final report card grades will be due, and before that midterms must be sent home!

Testing, testing, testing, testing is now a ritualistic . . .  thing. 😐

brace yourselves

And I, my darling readers, have all of that to dedicate time to, as well as a lot of other stuff I need to focus on.

So, my blog will be on hiatus. 🙂

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Second-Hand Fear


I am sure most of you have heard ofsecond-hand smoke (SHS), which is when nonsmokers are exposed to smoke exhaled by a smoker. Here are some alarming facts about SHS.

(1) Non-smokers who breathe inSHStake in nicotine and toxic chemicals the same way smokers do; (2) There’s no safe level of exposure for second-hand smoke (SHS); (3) Second-hand smoke is known to cause cancer; (4) SHS is linked to the following in children: lymphoma, leukemia, liver cancer, and brain tumors.

While it is undeniable that SHS is extremely detrimental to one’s health, have you heard of second-hand fear (SHF)? My guess is that many people are unfamiliar with this phenomenon and how it might be affecting their daily lives.

So, what is second-hand fear (SHF)? And how can you prevent it from influencing your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors?

Second-hand fearis the act, conscious or otherwise…

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A Poem a Day Series 2019 – Day 30


Christina Rossetti1830 – 1894

Remember me when I am gone away,
   Gone far away into the silent land;
   When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
   You tell me of our future that you planned:
   Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
   And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
   For if the darkness and corruption leave
   A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
   Than that you should remember and be sad.

This poem is in the public domain.




A Poem a Day Series 2019 – Day 29

Into the Light

Let the Light Enter

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper1825 – 1911

The dying words of Goethe.
“Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
   And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:
   Light! more light! before I go.”
“Softly let the balmy sunshine
   Play around my dying bed,
E’er the dimly lighted valley
   I with lonely feet must tread.”
“Light! more light! for Death is weaving
   Shadows ‘round my waning sight,
And I fain would gaze upon him
   Through a stream of earthly light.”
Not for greater gifts of genius;
   Not for thoughts more grandly bright,
All the dying poet whispers
   Is a prayer for light, more light.
Heeds he not the gathered laurels,
   Fading slowly from his sight;
All the poet’s aspirations
   Centre in that prayer for light.


This poem is in the public domain.