Non-Fiction Is My Bag

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It’s a mix, really, but being the somewhat nosy person I am, I usually go for nonfiction reading, mainly bios and autobios. I’d rather hear (or read) of experiences straight from the horse’s mouth than from outside sources.

Which explains why I subscribe to Vanity Fair. While it’s basically a high-class, luxurious version of People magazine, there’s something intriguing about the lives of rich people through the eyes of contributors. Yes, it goes against my original creed I mentioned earlier, but that doesn’t mean the original final sources weren’t contributors.

I’m the same way with film; documentaries on Netflix catch my interest more often than the biggest blockbuster of the season.

Happy Omnivore (To A Point)

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Being the pig that I am, I’m not very picky when it comes to food. As for what I won’t eat, however, it would be the intestines, tongue, brains, and feet of ANY animal.

And insects. Not. Eating. Insects. *shivers*

I know the prompt said one, but I couldn’t do it…

Oh, and if the opportunity to eat blowfish or anglerfish came about, I would opt for familiar sushi and sashimi dishes instead. I don’t want to take the chance/risk of getting poisoned, and/or possibly dying.

Excess Baggage

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Yes, the title is based on the movie with Alicia Silverstone and Benicio Del Toro. Now, on with the post…

I would assume the quote in today’s prompt applies to those who already have too much/too little of everything and find themselves on the other side of the tracks.

People who have very little may choose to be extravagant once they come across a windfall. Those who have had extreme excess may not know what to do with themselves the moment they end up with too little.

Then there are those with/without excess who become innovative and creative with any resources available to them to the best of their abilities, and end up content. It could depend on their upbringing, or examples and experiences throughout their lives, which helps them get by.

White Media is Consciously Trolling Black Women

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After that Angry Black Woman/Shonda Rhimes article, I can’t take the NY Times seriously, or any other publication that makes it a thing to throw Black women under the bus.

Originally posted on Black Millennial Musings:

I feel like white journalists are trolling at this point.

On the heels of that atrocious New York Times article, in which Alessandra Stanley dismissed Shonda Rhimes as a valid mastermind of thrill, and instead praised her for perpetuating the angry Black woman trope, I’d think that white journalists would tread thoughtfully and carefully when writing about her or her creations.

As the “urban” saying goes … The streets is watching. Insightful responses from across the social media specter ranged from critical analysis to tongue-and-cheek humor. In delivery and content, Black bloggers and journalists dispatched compelling accounts of racism and prejudice in media, all while uplifting this era of Black female leads in primetime.

The backlash prompted an apology from the paper of record.

The fuckery coincided with the lead up to How To Get Away With Murder, ABC’s latest show produced by Shonda Rhimes and starring the talented…

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Happy First Day of Fall

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Originally posted on RL Photography:

It may not seem like Fall today it rarely does. Autumn in Paris is a magical time filled with pops of color around the city. From yellow to red its a color show not to be missed. Walk through the Tulleries, Luxembourg gardens or find a hidden spot in the Marais like this one. I will be seeing Paris in the fall very soon. But until then here is a photograph to get you in the Fall spirit.

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The Devil is in the Details: On Descriptive Writing

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To read later. I’m gonna need this for fiction writing, possibly non-fiction also.

Originally posted on The Daily Post:

We often hear that we should “show, not tell” — that we should paint a detailed picture for our reader that lets them see what’s happening, rather than simply narrating.

Easier said than done! All details are not created equal: some detail throws a barrier between the reader and your story, and some detail is (ironically) not detailed enough. How do you tell whether a detail helps or hurts? Here are four things to keep in mind when you’re writing descriptively, and some writers who illustrate them perfectly.

Good detail is relevant.

Including every detail is the written equivalent of your friend who can never get to the point of a story because he can’t remember if it happened on Tuesday or Wednesday, or if it was 1 PM or 2 PM, or if the car was red or blue. Good detail is relevant to the point of your post.

Writer beware! Not…

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