Top Ten Tuesday – New-to-Me Authors

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How Peace Corps Handled My Sexual Assault

After the allegations in the news recently, I thought I was important to share this story. It’s one story. It doesn’t diminish the victims who had been further traumatized by Peace Corps actions. It’s important to realize those statistics were highly sensationalized by CBS. Rape and the reactions by others is not just a Peace Corps problem.

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Weekend Coffee Share – 12/5/2015

imageIf we were having coffee, I’d first thank you for meeting me downtown.  It’s more convenient for me this morning.  I’m off to the library for a little workshop on self-publishing hosted by some local authors.  Hopefully I’ll learn a thing or two.  I just don’t spend enough time at our library.  I have every intention of going to more of their events, and it slips my mind.

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Being A Girl: A Brief Personal History of Violence

Yes, yes, yes. I can’t add anything else.

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I am six. My babysitter’s son, who is five but a whole head taller than me, likes to show me his penis. He does it when his mother isn’t looking. One time when I tell him not to, he holds me down and puts penis on my arm. I bite his shoulder, hard. He starts crying, pulls up his pants and runs upstairs to tell his mother that I bit him. I’m too embarrassed to tell anyone about the penis part, so they all just think I bit him for no reason.

I get in trouble first at the babysitter’s house, then later at home.

The next time the babysitter’s son tries to show me his penis, I don’t fight back because I don’t want to get in trouble.

One day I tell the babysitter what her son does, she tells me that he’s just a little boy, he doesn’t know…

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Friday Fiction 12/4/2015

Here is the start of a story, inspired by a door-to-door salesman that got a little frustrated when Cam informed him we didn’t want to spend $40 on all purpose cleaner.  After it happened, Cam and I dreamed up poor James’ life story.  Forgive all grammatical errors and typos.  A first rough draft left unfinished when I ran out of steam.

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Arguably Philip K. Dick’s most well known novel today, it’s the perfect place to start reading the classic sci-fi author’s works.  It’s a short, fast read, but compact with action, reflection, and mystery.

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Top Ten Tuesday – 2016 Books We’re Looking Forward To


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So, I believe the list for this Tuesday is 2016 debut novels we are looking forward to, but we also included other books we are most looking forward to reading in 2016 when they are released (in addition to the backlog from 2015).

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Weekend Coffee Share: The Post-Thanksgiving Coma

If we were having coffee, I would tell you all about our recent Thanksgiving activities.  If you celebrated Thanksgiving, I’d ask you how your Thanksgiving festivities went as well.  We’ll talk about all the wonderful food we ate, and how we are going to eat healthier promptly on Monday.  No sense in starting now with all the leftovers and cookie dough in the refrigerator.

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Pretty Neat

Sass and Sauce has told us that we’re pretty neat and nominated us for the Real Neat Blog award.  Ms. Sassy is pretty neat too!

Thanks Sass and Sauce!
Thanks Sass and Sauce!

As part of the award, Sass and Sauce asked us some questions.  Here are our answers:

  1. Would you like to relocate to Hogwarts, Narnia, Middle Earth, or Westeros? That’s a tough one, but Cam and I both agreed that, assuming we would get to learn to be wizards, Hogwarts.  Cam also added that Middle Earth would be second best, as long as it was Fourth Age.
  2. What is the most hilarious way you have dumped someone/ been dumped? Neither of us had a funny story for this, but I am still friends with some former exes.  Cam now works with one, and it’s probably not awkward at all…
  3. What is your favourite attire? Cam says jeans, a graphic tee, and a hoodie.  I say sweats are good enough for me if I could get away with wearing them everywhere.
  4. What is the one food item that you cannot live without?  Cam says pizza, no question.  I say ice cream, or any veggie I raise in my own garden.  There’s nothing like cooking with what you grow in your own backyard.
  5. Your best birthday ever! Cam says the birthday he most loves is the one where we went on a mini vacation to St. Louis after we first met.  We had a great time at the City Museum.  It was probably then that we realized we could go on a trip without killing each other, even when we got lost on the way home.  I spent about four birthdays in Africa, so any of them, or the first one I spent with my family when I came home.  It was the big 3-0, and it was great to finally spend that day with my family for once.

As part of accepting this award, we nominate a few other blogs that we think are pretty neat.

  1. Shawn Writes Stuff
  2. Faraday’s Candle
  3. Badfish Out of Water
  4. The Boardwalk Games
  5. TriSARAHtops

We would love if they accepted, but we also understand if they aren’t really into this sort of thing.  Obviously, we think all of the blogs we follow are pretty neat.  They’re fun to read, thought-provoking, and informative.  As part of this challenge, we also have questions for our nominees if they want to participate.

  1. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be and why?
  2. What the most memorable place you’ve ever traveled too?
  3. What’s your favorite board/card/video game?
  4. Describe your perfect weekend?
  5. Why did you want to start blogging in the first place?