“When hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chili powder, within minutes the man who raped them lay dead.”
‘Arrest us all’: the 200 women who killed a rapist
I don’t believe in the death penalty in most cases, or that people should take the law into their own hands. Not because I think despicable people deserve to live, but that I realize our justice system is flawed. To err is human, and we discover innocence on death row far too often to confidently mete out mortal justice.
But then, I read their story.
Imagine: You’re a young woman in India, growing up poor in Kasturba Nagar, a slum in the city of Nagpur.
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Tagged 200 women kill, akku yadav, criminal justice, india, justice, nagpur, rape, sexual assault, trigger warning, yadav
I always find a lot of great events around Boston, many of them book/writing-related. I always forget to invite people until the last minute, so have some Event Round-ups!
So here are some things on the calendar:
Bookbuilders Bowling Night
Where: Sacco’s Bowling Heaven in Davis Square
When: April 10th from 6-8pm
Cost: $6, and pre-register
Why?: Networking and bowling! Only $6. And bowling!
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Tagged bookbuilders, books, boston area, boston local, boston public library, bowling, conference, damien echols, events, local, nescbwi, SCBWI, Writing
2012 was a mixed bag of some good and some devastating bad, but I believe the universe will do us a good turn and 2013 will be great. Here are some of my goals for the year of Lucky 13.
Go to the gym more. This is the traditional resolution for a reason. IT IS NECESSARY AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. Especially when you work in an office and there are cookies EVERYWHERE.
Learn how to use new technology. I got a space device touchscreen e-reader for Christmas. I asked for it so that I could read manuscripts without killing trees for my internship, but right now there are babies better at touch screens than me.
Save Money. Stick to my budget. Increase my biweekly deposit into my savings. Every time I resist the siren song of take out, “spend” the money it would have cost by putting it into savings.
Take risks. Yeah, I like having at least a day a week that I do nothing and talk to no one. I’m still happiest reading by myself, but its time to be bold. Go for every opportunity life presents. Drink, Celebrate life, Be merry. Continue reading
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Tagged 2013, goals, Goodread, Lucky 13, New Year, New Year's Day, read, ReaderCon, Resolutions, SCBWI, Writing
On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of attending the “Fight Like a Girl” panel. The event was put on by Boston Glow, an organization that fosters opportunities for women of all ages to become empowered community leaders and active world citizens. Their latest endeavor is a scholarship contest encouraging young women to come up with local creative initiatives.
“Fight Like a Girl” was a panel of authors, many of whom debuted in 2012, discussing what it means to be a strong girl in young adult and middle grade fiction.
Strong women and girls in literature and the media is something I often talk about with friends, colleagues, and people with ears. It’s what I’m most passionate about as a writer. I’ve been holding off on posting on the topic because there are so many things I want to say, so let these authors say it for me.
AC Gaughen, author of Scarlet, was our moderator that evening. The discussion covered strong females, diversity in fiction, and even some tips on craft for the writers that were in attendance. Continue reading
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Tagged AC Gaughen, AJ Paquette, Booktrain, Boston GLOW, Diana Renn, Diversity in fiction, Ellen Booraem, Erin Dionne, Fight like a girl, Gina Damico, Jennifer C. Carson, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Middle Grade, Padma Venkatraman, Strong Girls, Strong Women, Susan Carlton, Terry Farish, Young Adult
GUTGAA: The Beginning
A day late, as I always am in life, but I’m really excited to be participating in the “Gearing up to Get an Agent” blog hop this September. If you’re not already a part of it, you should join up. There may be agents trolling the linky list, but even if you don’t get an agent’s attention there is always great fun to be had in connecting with other writers.
On to the Meeting and Greeting
A little about me: I grew up in Plymouth, Land of the Pilgrims, and moved back to Boston for school where I’ve lived on and off for the past 8 years. I took a year off from Boston to teach English in Japan for a year, with excursions to South Korea and Singapore. I taught early childhood education for two years and just recently switched into work for an educational publishing company.
I’ve been writing, as most of you have, since I burst forth into being. Yes, before I was even old enough to hold a pen I was writing stories. I’ve only been seriously writing for a fraction of that time, but even now my writing isn’t very serious.
My genre is “funny fantasy” for young adults. The theory is that by entertaining myself, I will also entertain others. Whether it’s working or not, the point is that I enjoy it. Or I do when I’m not trying to rip my hair out staring at the endless list of plot holes I have to shore up before submission.
Where do you write?
I primarily write in cafés, and did an article not too long ago about how to get the most out of your café writing experience. When I do write at home I have a desk, but it’s covered in books and papers so there’s not a lot of room for a computer. Continue reading
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Tagged Agent, Biography, Bloghop, Boston, Gearing up to get an Agent, GUTGAA, Inspiration, Plymouth, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing tips