This & That
Things that don’t really go anywhere else.
If it weren’t for the Internet, I wouldn’t have a lot of things: A tribe of people who really get me, friends that I will have for the rest of my life, and my book.
But the Internet we all know and love is in danger. The new head of the FCC is working to dismantle net neutrality. Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)
We cannot allow this to happen or it will destroy the Internet that we know and love (and love hate). Title II helps the web foster creativity and innovation, to keep doing what has been doing since it’s inception. Let’s not let big corporations take over. Please send a letter to Congress and the FCC by going here: Battle for the Net .
When I find I can’t write, I go into reading mode. I recharge my writing batteries by soaking up other people’s words. One thing I have been trying to do of late is diversify my reading fare so that I can access a wider variety of voices and experiences. It has not been disappointing.
In fact, I struggled with last few novels I’d tried to read before beginning to branch out. I found I wasn’t getting into them the way I’d hoped to. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the first couple of books by authors of color have proven to be excellent and well worth my time. I think they will be well worth yours too.
In The Language of Miracles by Raijia Hassib
This book begins one year after the death of two teenagers. One is the son of Egyptian immigrants, the other the daughter of their American next-door neighbors. The families shared a close relationship until tragedy struck. That the boy’s family is Muslim is the crux of the story. Once accepted into the community, they have become outcasts. The book shows us the struggles of the parents and their younger son and how all their lives were shattered in so many ways that day.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
I was surprised to find how much I liked this book given the heavy subject matter. It follows a girl after she escapes from the Georgia plantation where she is a slave. It is full of heartbreak and hope. And it’s really well written. I devoured it, and am looking forward to reading his other work.
If you’ve been here before, you might notice that something’s different. Without going into too much detail, I am making a fresh start with this page, so here it is. This is where you’ll find any information on my books, some scattered thoughts here and there, and maybe even a bonus short story or two, depending on my whims. Once in a while I may even post a photo. You never know what you’re going to get…
Welcome to my site.