rants

Obstetric Cholestasis and a Nutriotional Supplement That Helped Me

Obstetric Cholestasis and a Nutriotional Supplement That Helped Me

I will preface this with a warning: I am not a doctor! Always check with your medical professional before taking ANY medical advice. This goes for blogs, chat boards, facebook posts and anything else you may read. Take all info you gather to your doctor and gain their perspective.  That being said, many medical professionals […]

The Visit: Another Abortion?

What could possibly go wrong? M Night Shyamalan teams up with the guys who did Paranormal Activity to do a movie about two kids who visit their grandparents…….who are very……….eccentric? Sounds freaking rad, no? Ahhhhh…..no What’s it called? I’ll give you one guess. Very good! It’s a noun with the word “the” in front of […]

Do We Still Need Grammar?: Form and Function For the New Writer

This is a topic with many layers, and I’m sure that some people will argue with me, but that’s fine. Hear me out. We writers live in an altered head-space. There’s this whole other world in which we dwell where the function of a piece is more often the goal, and the form can just […]

There Is No Try: Why Writers Fail

Since the San Francisco Writer’s Conference (something that always gets me thinking about my writing process) I’ve been considering the intellectual side of writing as a profession. How can an author go from a hobbyist that happens to get an occasional review or fanmail, to someone making a living at producing literature? It’s a very critical […]

Lemons

“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I […]

The Writing On The Wall (Are Publishers Extinct?)

A slight preamble:  These are just my thoughts, from talking with people who know, going to conferences, and reading all the multitudinous books and articles presented recently.  I’ve been asked for my opinions with regards to my own experience, and so here they are. In talking about whether or not publishing houses and agents are […]

A God-shaped Hole In The Brain

Anytime I hear someone talk about the glories of humanity, I often find myself smirking, because when this subject comes up, what is most often the center of focus is language and the human capacity for it. It’s so often listed as one of the chief characteristics that divides us from our animal cousins, and […]

Pony Hawk and the Dog Trimmer

Those of you who know me, know I like to maintain as unusual a ‘do as possible, not to be a rebel, or to get attention. There’s another reason, a deeper reason, and I can prove it, because I absolutely hate being stared at, and despise going out into public except to specific locations. Some […]

It Wasn’t the Rhetoric!

Republican Representative from the state of Arizona, Trent Frank, when asked on Lawrence O’Donnel’s show, The Last Word, about the recent Tucson shooting, was quoted as saying that rhetoric and Sarah Palin have nothing to do with the violence that ensued. Ideas ARE responsible. We live in the information age. Back thirty years ago, people […]