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Political Correctness in my writing?

reate few pAloha everyone! Let me go ahead and dust all of the cobwebs up in here.

Sorry little buddy...I'll get those for ya.

Sorry little buddy…I’ll get those for ya.

Today we’re going to talk about being politically correct in writing. Have you noticed the trend to curtail people and what they write, in fear of marginalizing people or making them feel uncomfortable? Today I decided I would discuss what I think about being politically correct in my work and a few possible lasting effects for not being PC. Of course most of this in a video. That seems to be my main means of communicating information these days. You know, other than the book. The book. Blood Roses and Honeysuckles. Remember that? The editor and the betas will be getting their copies this weekend. Also, the cover is being created as we speak. Crazily enough…we’re getting closer to a finished produced. Yikes. I’ll give you more info as we get closer. Of course, I tell my newsletter peeps things way earlier. If you want to join up, click here and fill out the form. You’ll get a letter once or twice a month.

But back to the video about being PC in my writing.

What’s your take on it? Let me know down in the comments.

Aloha y’all!

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Giant AuthorTube Collaboration

Hey everyone!

I’ve been doing the most, as per usual. New freelance positions, getting further along on the Blood Roses and Honeysuckles edits, meeting new writers, and of course, flying out here to West Virginia! It’s that time of year when we travel (for far too long) to the mainland and remind our family and friends that we exist. I like to think they enjoy the experience as much as we do.

In addition to that, of course, #writestuff is still a thing. Join us every Tuesday at 9 p.m. EDT on the Twitterverse. You can follow me @penpaperpad. We chat about different aspects of writing. It’s nice to take a break, commiserate with each other, and learn. It’s all part of growth and you get to hangout with cool writers.

Speaking of cool writers…

Another project I’ve gotten involved in is AuthorTube. This is a fairly new writing community on YouTube. We’re a bunch of writers who make videos about writing, our projects, books, and other related. I don’t know how often you’ve tried to find writers on YouTube, but it’s pretty difficult. #authortube and #writetube are two keywords to try to find them, just fyi.

Each of us is hosting a question on our channels and some of us answered that question. My question is- What is the hardest part of the writing process. I had a lot of fun answering the question and editing together this video. Do check it out and subscribe if you haven’t already. Let me know in the comments- What do you think is the hardest part about writing?

Aloha y’all! 

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Interviewing a poet

This month’s interview on PenPaperPad on Books was about poetry and activism. Len Lawson is a friend of mine, who lives in South Carolina. If you’re from the U.S., you’ve definitely heard about the different racial issues that have been cropping up from the AME church slaying of eight individuals to this week’s young lady being violently manhandled by a police officer in a classroom.

Len has been using his poetry as a way to reach out to people, engage in conversations that need to be started, and giving a voice to issues and concerns. He does this from a thoughtful place of being a student of life as well as a teacher in his day to day. Check out the video, we definitely have an interesting conversation.

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