Category Archives: Critical Thinking

The Problem With Writing About Feminism

Countless beautiful stories have erupted from people who are brave enough to share their feminist experiences. Dialogue is powerful, a weapon that is more deadly the more you sharpen it—but try to break a glass ceiling by “sharing experiences” and you’ve got another thing coming.

It takes more than writing about feminism experiences to change the system. It takes action.

In 50 Shades of Feminism, 50 authors share brief accounts of what feminism means to them. While a plethora of sharp-witted and fearless stories, the book lacks activism. Author and politician Lynne Featherstone suggests at the end of her piece,“Where there are no laws we must fight for them to be properly enforced. And where there is violence we must end impunity. Women across the world need economic empowerment, land and property rights, fairness, justice and freedom from violence.”


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Giving Your Characters Flaws

~ The blog Reading With A Vengeance breaks down how to give your characters believable flaws. Follow the link to read the full tips and tricks.


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DC Comics’ Catwoman Comes Out of the Closet


Selina Kyle, Batman’s stealthy enemy and love interest, officially came out as bisexual in the latest issue of Catwoman.

The leather-clad cat burglar kissed another woman in Catwoman #39, illustrated by Garry Brown, confirming what many fans had long suspected about the flirtatious, hyper-sexualized character.

“For me, this wasn’t a revelation so much as a confirmation,” Genevieve Valentine, the series’ writer, said on her blog.

Catwoman’s coming out is just the latest of many efforts by comic book companies to diversify their characters. DC’s Batwoman has identified as a lesbian since 2006, and one Green Lantern, Alan Scott, is gay. In 2013, a trans woman of color was introduced as a character in Batgirl. Marvel’s Northstar, a member of the X-Men, married his partner in 2012.

Catwoman has been around for 75 years (her first appearance was in Batman #1 in 1940), and her relationship to the…

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How Does the Act of Writing Affect the Brain?


Visual News with a very cool info graphic giving us the skinny about writing and how it affects our craniums. Read the full article here:

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Niki’s Seven Deadly Book Sins

The Obsessive Bookseller


In lieu of the Top Ten Tuesday I present you a Book Tag post that Chanzie over atMean Who You Are tagged me for almost three months ago! Even though procrastination is the main culprit, I’m choosing to blame my incredibly slow (but brilliant) creative process for the delay. 😉

I may have taken a few creative licenses with this post. Originally I was supposed to be answering specific book questions like “What is the most expensive book you bought this year?” for the Greed category, but I decided my sins ran a lot deeper than any one offense, so here we have:

Niki’s Seven Deadly Book Sins

10845984_10202966163624334_503165865379896020_n1. Greed:This is easily the sin I am most likely to commit in my daily life, but it’s never more evident than when it comes to books. You see, I don’t just want some books or lots of books…

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4 Common Sense Reasons it can benefit you to Self-Publish

The PBS Blog

Crazy Woman Drinking Wine

Twenty years ago, a book followed a routine process: You poured your heart and soul into a manuscript and when you finished it, you started calling agents and editors who most likely told you to send them a query letter. Next step was usually a book proposal, and a few sample chapters. Then the waiting game started, usually ending with disappointment. On the other hand, the option to self-publish was there, but it had a certain stigma; a stigma that still exists today: “Your book isn’t really published because you couldn’t get it accepted by a “real publisher”. A real publisher? Excuse me for not laughing my butt off, are we not  human beings? Or are Self-Publishers merely robots? Or are Traditional Publishers too stupid to know that the only difference between a Traditional Publisher and a Self-Publisher is that the Self-Publisher does everything themselves? Anyone can be a publisher…

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Every Airport Needs One

Travel Between The Pages


Last week the San Antonio International Airpo  unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips.The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000.

The kiosks will allow library patrons to browse the library’s digital media content which can then be checked out and downloaded onto a mobile device for three weeks before they expire.In addition to allowing travelers to check out online materials, the kiosks will serve as a rapid recharging station for mobile devices.

The San Antonio Public Library is also allowing out-of-town travelers to get a temporary library card that they can use to borrow ebooks and other items.

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How It Feels to Read Epic Poetry

The Undecided

File_Washington_Allston_002.jpg_-_Wikipedia__the_free_encyclopediaParadise Lost, The Divine Comedy, The Faerie Queene, The Aeneid, Gilgamesh, Mahabharata. You name it, and the process went like this.

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Case-Mate Europe Blog

Come tomorrow the Bay Area of San Francisco, Manhattan Island of New York and in West Los Angeles, Barnes & Noble will be offering same day deliveries through Google Shopping Express, Google’s online shopping and delivery service, opening a very direct, competitive line with Amazon and its massive Kindle service.

Having closed over 60 stores in the past 5 years, many of which from high street areas, Barnes & Noble really could do with a boost to business and using Google Shopping Express could really stand to benefit their currently stagnating business. Though it is still considered “a Test”, the new service really is the only way to begin competing with the ever-growing Amazon. Likewise Google stand to benefit from the arrangement with a big name brand showcasing their one year old service.

It’s not all smooth sailing though for Google and Barnes & Noble as Amazon has recently increased its same day…

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