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Justine Graykin
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Writer and Freelance Philosopher
Writer and Freelance Philosopher

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I posted this meme and was accused of perpetuating the idea that we need white males to save us because we can't save ourselves.  I say bullshit.  What do you all think?
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Going to try spending a bit more time on G+.  I'd like to catch up on who's posting and what I'm missing.  FB is far busier, but also can get tedious.

This morning we had our first hard frost.  I awoke to a sparkling world.  Yesterday's rain, a day grey and gloomy, had frozen overnight and now the sun set the frost to glittering.  I went out in my bathrobe with a coat over it, wearing unlaced boots because slippers wouldn't do, to fill the bird feeders and open up the chicken coop.  As I hauled water up to the hens, the air smelled cold and crisp.  The leaves at my feet all were outlined in white.  It was beautiful.  I thought, I am alive to experience this. 

Today, I will make scones and pumpkin bread, and savor every smell, taste and texture.

Does anyone else out there share my opinion that NaNoWriMo just adds to the noise level?

The dead have it lucky.  They are beyond all pain.  It's the living who have to carry on and bear the burden of suffering.

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My Kickstarter has just gone live.  Help me hire a real artist to design the cover art for my new book, due for release in July.  You'll be supporting not just a writer, but an artist, too.

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This is the offensive cover image in question.  What do you think, folks?  Am I being too bleeding-heart liberal white guilt?  Or am I justified  in cringing at the thought of having a story of mine enclosed within this image?

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The April BroadPod is up, featuring Jill Shultz.  She reads from her novel, Angel on the Ropes, which is SF with a Cirque du Soleil spin.  After the reading, she talks about how she researched trapeze, including doing a bit of flying herself.

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Stop the destruction of public education.  Opt out of standardized testing.  It is your right, supported by the NEA.
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At the risk of sounding like a mean-spirited curmudgeon (which has never stopped me before) does anyone else out there feel ambivalent about NaNoWriMo and other gimmicks that encourage people to crank out words?  Do you feel a mild itch of impatience with people who need motivation to write?   The markets are flooded to choking with thousands of books.  Agents, editors and publishers are spammed daily with hundreds of submissions.  The value of the written word, even the competently or even splendidly written word, has been devalued to nothing by the sheer volume of stuff being cranked out.  Do we really need to push people to crank out more? 
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