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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

I hope it's better than 2016, but I'm not counting on it.

So here's to less bigotry, better mental health, Trump's downfall, and our survival.

© 2016 by M.R.R.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Here, have some pictures of the chihuahua.

Little dog in a sweater looking away from the camera

Little dog in a sweater yawning

And one of our old mutt. It doesn't hurt as much to think about her now.

panting dog standing next to a car

© 2016 by M.R.R.

Monday, December 19, 2016

What "Reclaiming" Means

Since I would like to post more about social justice and I'm not sure how much of the common terminology all my readers know, I'm going to clarify some things in the next few weeks.

Reclaiming is taking something used against a group of people society has put at a disadvantage and using it in a way that puts it in a neutral or even positive context for those same people.

For this post, I'll be talking specifically about reclaiming slurs.

Not everyone does it, or wants to. But for lots of people, it's a way of saying "Yes, I'm X, what's the problem?" and giving the people and systems that limit you the finger.

Here are some examples.

-LGBTQIA+ people sometimes refer to themselves as "queer" (that's what the Q stands for).*
-Pink triangles, originally used by the Nazis to mark gay people in concentration camps, are now used as a pride symbol.
-The racist term "c*lored" has been reclaimed so that non-white people are collectively referred to as "people of color".**

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Book Review:Endless by Misha Gerrick

Premise:In a world where griffins pose a threat to phoenixes, two griffins guard a female phoenix they are both in love with as clashes between the two species become worse.

Author:Misha Gerrick

Genres:Paranormal romance, thriller, urban fantasy

Notes:I received an ARC version of this book for free (and I was supposed to review it months ago, but I'm a terrible procrastinator).

Pros:Good opening. The apprehension from the danger. Thrilling action. The POV of one of the male protagonists.

Cons:The romance had violent overtones. Male lead was kind of dull. Takes a while to get to the action.

Imagine waking up without remembering the last few decades of your life. Imagine running into not one, but two ex-lovers you can't be with. Throw in a centuries long conflict between griffins and phoenixes, and you have a disaster well on its way to happening.