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The Fault is Not In Our Stars (VIDEO)


This week is Banned Book Week. Have you heard about it? In the U.S. there are schools all across the country, who challenge or ban books that they feel is inappropriate. It could be that the book has witchcraft in it (Harry Potter) or in the case of the Fault in Our Stars by John Green, he talks about death and teen sex. It seems like a massive measure to coddle that doesn’t serve any real end purpose other than possibly discouraging kids to read. And maybe making adults feel more comfortable. If a book is banned then it can’t be taught, stocked in the library or even accepted as a donation at that school/school district. If you’d like to learn more, check out the ALA (American Library Association) web site. They have all sorts of info on the subject.

I have a few thoughts on this (as I’m sure you’ve already guessed):

What do you think about banning books? For it? Against it? Don’t care either way? Let me know in the comments, because I care about what you think.

Also, if you haven’t already, stop by new work in progress: The Reverie Poetry Journal. I’m working with Laura A. Lord and HastyWords to create a poetry magazine. Each Monday we’ll have a prompt, Friday you can link up your poem, Saturday you can vote and Sunday we’ll pick the winner. This winning poem is is one step closer to being published with us. Check it out. Good times, good times.

Aloha y’all!


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Book Review: My Other Ex

Around here on Wednesdays, a couple times per month, I’m going to write up a book review. This time around, I’m going to tell you about an anthology that I was delighted to read: My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Losing and Leaving Friends.

Have you ever lost a friend? Was that loss in some ways more painful than the end of a love affair?

There are somany ways that friendships can end, and this book describes 35 of them, from talented and accomplished contributors. At the heart of each essay is the recognition from each writer that she has lost something very real and very personal, a connection that will never be forgotten. Published by The  HerStories Project Press. Editors: Jessica Smock and Stephanie Spranger. Released Sept. 15, 2014


I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this book. These women were brutally honest, taking the blame when needed, questioning why or freely admitting to feeling less than admirably toward an ex-friend. There are a multitude of reasons that friends grow apart, and they run the gambit here.

The book is broken up into sections:

  • When We’re Young
  • When We’re Grown Up
  • Motherhood
  • Reconciliations
  • What We Learned

“It’s these soul-connecting friendships that we hope will survive the inevitable physical and emotional separations that happen over time. When they don’t, whether the loss is a slow burnout or a blowout that shatters the seemingly unbreakable bond so completely it can never be repaired, it’s a sort of death, and it’s just the worst, because it’s so damn confusing and incomplete.” from the foreword.

These aren’t stories about the friend gone to soon after a long bout with cancer. These are the friends whose relationships were so strong that it felt like we were sisters. We cried with each other through the triumphs and shed more tears during abject failures. We were positive that this was the friendship that was unshakable, unbreakable. When it did dissolve, it was devastating.

The thing about these stories, is we’ve all lived them. The details and the faces are different, but at some point in life you’ve had a friendship gone awry. You have had a childhood bestie, whom you’ve simply grown apart. The work friend, who you realize you don’t have anything in common with- was she ever truly a friend? Even when the experiences are a stark contrast from your own, the emotions behind the stories are easily relatable. Women can be our biggest support system and rivals all rolled into one.

My Other Ex allows you to explore the complexities of relationships with each other. The Good, The Bad and the sometimes heart wrenching. I definitely recommend reading this collection of true stories. You should buy two copies and send a copy to a friend.

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Book Chat with PenPaperPad- A Starr is Born



The once a month (or twice, depending on what YOU guys want) book chat series where I talk to some of my favorite authors about their love of books and the written word is back! This week’s guest is Starr Bryson from The Insomniac’s Dream. I feel like I should have a separate I *heart* Starr set list. She’s my bloggy bestie and she’s been involved in all kinds of shenanigans with me. So of course, she’d be one of the first people up to bat. We sipped a little cheap red wine and talked about Stephen King, vampires, being hipster readers and a bit on erotica. You never know what we’ll say when we’re together. So give it a go.

Is there anyone in particular you’d like me to chat with in the future? Do some name dropping in the comments and I’ll do my best to get that person on board. I’m having a lot of fun with this and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Oh, FYI, we talk a lot. I mean a WHOLE lot. So I edited this down from 30 minutes to 18. I think we had some interesting things to say. We recorded it as a Google+ Hangout. Until I get a hang of doing all of this, I don’t want it host a live stream- yet. Maybe one day we’ll do that, but not today. So what do you think of this format? It looks a bit more polished, are you for that or against it? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoy this book chat. It was a lot of fun to make. Feel free to share this on your social media sites. If you tag me, I’ll make sure to say thank you. I really appreciate when you guys enjoy my work and want other people see it. It warms my heart’s cockles.

Without further ado:

Aloha y’all! 


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