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Writing Advice: The Most Misunderstood “Rules” of Writing, Part 2 – Grammatical Correctness

I used to wonder what was more important—wordsmithing or storytelling. This was when I was on my O. Henry Prize kick, reading dozens of beautifully written short stories that received high praise despite lacking plots or any deep meaning (to me, anyway). As a result, for a while I believed wordsmithing was more important and […]

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Writing Advice: The Most Misunderstood “Rules” of Writing, Part 1 – Show, Don’t Tell

I’m generally of a mind that rules are lame. You don’t know how much trouble I’ve ended up in because of this attitude, being a military member and all. Example: Me: Why can’t I put my hands in the pockets of my uniform? It’s winter and it’s cold. Severe-Looking Instructor: Because it’s unprofessional. Me: Frostbite […]

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Jessica Jones, Season 2 – Part 2: Bye, Felicia (Jessica)

RANT TIME. So, that happened. By “that” I mean Jessica Jones season 2, and by “happened” I mean mercifully ended so I can go on with my life. Spoilers ahoy!! Shortly after I wrote my bitch session about the first part of the season, I poked around the internet to see if other folks had […]

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Jessica Jones, Season 2 – Part 1: What Happened To This Show?

I’ll admit it – I’m not a huge fan of superhero movies. They tend to prioritize spectacle and fanboy service over a compelling story…with some notable exceptions, including Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and a few of the X-Mens (Logan especially…where was Hugh Jackman’s Oscar nomination, dammit?? He was robbed!). Just the thought of hubby dragging […]

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No-BS Advice: Ultimatums Are A-OK!

For whatever reason, ultimatums have a bad rap—probably because people presented with ultimatums are usually pissed about it. They feel they’ve been unfairly backed into a corner, blaming the ultimatum giver for leveling threats at them. But fuck that. An ultimatum is a choice between two courses of action as defined by the ultimatum giver, […]

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The Difference Between All-Male vs All-Female Events

You might have read recently about the all-male charity event, hosted by a UK organization called the President’s Club, where dozens of the all-female wait staff – ordered to wear tight serving uniforms and sexy shoes – were subjected to an onslaught of sexual harassment so bad the 33-year-old organization disbanded one day after the […]

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No-BS Advice: Tell Your Kids You Believe Them

If you, like me, are scared shitless that some human-shaped monster will take advantage of your kids, tell them this and mean it: “No matter what you tell me, I will always believe you.” It broke my heart to read Olympic gymnast Kyle Stevens’ account of her sexual assault at the hands of Larry Nassar, […]

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