#MeToo

#MeToo (sigh)

Roundabout Forty

Have you seen this hashtag?

#MeToo

It’s trending on Twitter and being shared widely on Facebook. What is it? There are a few variations, but for the most part, women are being asked to copy and paste this status to highlight how prevalent sexual abuse is against women in our society.

“Me too… If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem. Please copy/paste.”

(Also, if a woman doesn’t type “me too” as her status, it doesn’t mean that she didn’t want to. And just because she did say it, doesn’t mean she wants to talk about it.)

I’ve talked about this subject before this hashtag started showing up. I’ve talked with my friends, my colleagues, on social media, and with my family. And yet…I’m shocked that so many people don’t…

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Echo 1 is FREE until 8/18! 2 & 3 will be $0.99 until 8/21!

For real, get your copies today.

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

(Sorry if this gets repetitive!  I’m gonna announce this twice a day until the sale’s over)  This is just an afternoon reminder that Echo 1 is FREE right now for four more days (not counting today) while Echo 2 & 3 will be $0.99 for the next week!  So if you’re thinking about buying any of the Echo books, do it now!  If you didn’t already know, science has shown that 78.35% of all homo sapiens who haven’t read Echo are 56% less likable and 83% less intelligent.  Follow-on studies have concluded that if you happen to be a man, the length and circumference of your genitalia are statistically more likely to be three inches shorter than the genitalia of men who HAVE read Echo.  The p-value used in these studies was .00000000001, so make sure if you’re a man, you don’t let down your partner, your children, and your…

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Echo 1 will be FREE on 8/14 for five days! 2 & 3 will be $0.99 for a week!

Um. YES! Get these books…read them all. 🙂 HIGHLY recommend.

Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha

(Sorry if this gets repetitive!  I’m gonna announce this twice a day until 8/14, then make a twice-daily announcement for a week regarding the sale.)  This is just an afternoon reminder that Echo 1 will be FREE on 8/14 for five days while Echo 2 & 3 will be $0.99 for a week!  So if you’re thinking about buying any of the Echo books, save your money and get ’em then!  Tell your friends, tell your family…hell, tell the skulking killer leprechauns who hide behind rainbows, ready with sharpened gazes and even sharper daggers to bring hideous woe onto anyone who made the laughable mistake of ever thinking that leprechauns were friendly!  Those poor misguided about-to-be-gutted fools!  WHOO!!!  Tell everybody!  🙂 🙂 🙂

Get Echo Vol. 1 on Kindle here:  Vol. 1 on Kindle.  Vol. 2 on Kindle here:  Vol.2 on Kindle  Vol. 3 on Kindle here:  

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3 Rejection Letters Indie Authors Receive

This definitely hit home as both my sales and reviews are LACKING! Great post!

Pearls Before Swine

I didn’t intend on posting again today but one of my favorite authors posted something to her IG that sparked something I had to share. As you see above, this author is Bernice McFadden and this is her sharing the rejection letters she received for her novel Sugar. I have this book as well as her novels This Bitter Earth, Glorious and I’d like to get my hands on Nowhere is a Place and The Book of Harlan but I digress. Needless to say, the writing is on point. Long story short, you all know that Sugar has gone on to do very well despite the 75 (yes, seventy-five…let that settle) rejection letters. For Indie Authors, we may not be looking for publishers, but we have rejection letters too. I want to encourage you not to give up when you get one:

Negative Reviews – One of our…

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Dancing with a Switchblade: Selected Poems – Is Now Available on Kindle Only.

The only “serious” author I’ve ever read; his work is often grittier than I can handle, but it’s so well written, it seems a sin not to share.

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Dancing with a switchblade provides some of Truman’s most mature work to date where the burning rage of youth begins to make way to a better understanding of the trappings of the world.

Openly influenced by the likes of Al Purdy and Charles Bukowski, it combines influences from some of the world’s best lyricists in the likes of Henry Rollins, Trent Reznor or Johnny Cash.

This collection is a celebration of all things of life: hurt, pain, anxiety, beauty, love, fighting the good fight, sticking to what you know and doing more with less. Most of all, Dancing with a Switchblade is a celebration of the creative act of writing and hopes to provide an enduring snapshot of the working class today.

You can find it HERE! at ten poems a buck for over 100 pages of poetry for 2.99 US.

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June 29

50 Years.  Half a century.  When you say it like that, it seems more significant, when in reality, it's just the amount of human-designed time that has passed since the day of my birth. Long winded way to not so subtly share that today is my 50th birthday. Yay! I had hoped to have some [...]

Keep Dreaming

Wise words to kick off the morning :-).

See. Seek. Find.

I was talking to my friend Holly the other night about growing older and dreams and regrets. Holly and I have been friends since were 15 and are now in our mid-40s. Both of us are only just starting to figure out how to attain the things we’ve dreamed of our entire lives and, although we are pursuing it, the self-doubt and the self-hate chases behind.

Am I too old? Is it too late? Why didn’t I do this before? Why did it take me so long to figure all this out? Is it worth it at this point in my life?

Am I too old?

I’ve literally been asking myself this question about decisions for the past 10 years, and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had ever considered the answer “yes.” The best thing my mother ever told me was this, “You are going to…

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Women Are Not Here For You. You Do Not Own Us.

Amen.

Drifting Through

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A guy walks up to a girl in a bar. She’s laughing with her friends, engrossed in conversation. He slides in next to her to introduce himself. Offers her a drink. I’m just here to hang with my friends she says more than once. He proceeds to ask her “get to know you” questions, ignores her icy stare. Oblivious to her friends rolling their eyes. He appears immune to her Not interested‘s and her No thank you‘s. Finally, she sighs, I HAVE A BOYFRIEND. He backs away grudgingly, defensively, hands in the air, It’s cool, it’s cool. I got it.

Her rebuffs weren’t enough. Her refusals were dismissed. It was clear that what she wanted wasn’t of much concern to him. But another man’s woman? That’s a record scratch. A stop sign. A no trespassing sign.

This story isn’t unusual. It’s not even rare. Most women at…

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Finding the right places for outrage.

I continue to be grateful for the people who are so able to put their thoughts in coherent sentences. When it comes to me being able to rage against the injustices, I get choked up. So again, thank you to the wonderful thought provokers and clear writers!

It's a Thought

Trump hosted the Teacher of Year Award winners on last Wednesday. Every President since Truman has done so.  It is generally treated as An Event.  Speeches, a meal, etc.  family members are included and the President spends time with them.

This year Trump treated it as an after thought.  A sign of the absolute chaos that seems to reign in the white house.  No event was planned.  The state winners, without family, were ushered into the Oval Office, Trump remained seated throughout.  A casual meet and greet.  The teachers sang Happy Birthday to Melania.

On the surface it just feels sort of not a big deal.  We already know they run a shitty White House.  That they lack the organizational skills to handle with dignity normal Presidential duties.

The part that is more troublesome is this:  “several participants who agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity because…

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