Barbara Burgess

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Always say ‘thank you’ to Alexa after she does something for you…

She’ll remember you during the uprising.

Southern Accents Are Good Now?

I spent four years in high school with a drama coach who taught us how to hide our accents to be taken seriously.

These days the southern accent is cool even attractive.

Nashville has become the place to be as of late. The television show Nashville (on which, one of my books was used as a prop! Oh, my God!) has a lot to do with that.

I, personally, have tried to remember everything that my speech/drama teacher taught me. I speak with articulation as often as possible. I did an excellent job of blending in when I visited the Northeast.

While I still refuse to say “y’all,” I do find that when I am sleepy or around my family my accent is thick. It is as if my tongue grows three sizes larger than usual. My mouth is full of words that all have added R’s in them.

I’m not ashamed of my southern-ness, but I do fear that I sound stupid when my accent is thicker.  I don’t have the charm of Reese Witherspoon or the wit of Trae Crowder.  I am not sure my accent would endear people to me.

So, I store it away for those special occasions like talking to an elderly woman at the grocery store, family reunions, and when I need to go Cheatham County on someone’s ass right quick.


What I Read: January 2018 Edition

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Sleepless (Sleepless #1)

by Sarah Vaughn (Writer)Leila del Duca (Illustrator)Alissa Sallah(Colorist)

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Sleepless (Sleepless #2)

by Sarah Vaughn(Writer)Leila del Luca(Illustrator)Alissa Sallah(Colorist)

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I’m So Grumpy (Noodles, Level 1)

by Hans Wilhelm

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Gus Makes a Gift

by Frank Remkiewicz

Pool Party Puzzler (Nancy Drew Clue Book #1)

by Carolyn KeenePeter Francis (Illustrator)

Fresh Romance #1 (Fresh Romance #1)

by Sarah Kuhn (Goodreads Author)Kate LethSarah VaughnArielle JovellanosSarah Winifred Searle (Goodreads Author)Sally Jane ThompsonSavanna GanucheauAmanda Scurti , Kevin WadaJanelle Asselin

Fresh Romance #2 (Fresh Romance #2)

by Sarah Kuhn (Goodreads Author)Kate LethSarah VaughnArielle JovellanosSarah Winifred Searle (Goodreads Author)Sally Jane ThompsonAmanda ScurtiRyan Ferrier , Savanna GanucheauTaylor EspositoSteve Wands 

Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days #1-4)

by John Allison (Goodreads Author)Lissa Treiman (Illustrator)Whitney Cogar (Colors)

Giant Days, Vol. 2 (Giant Days #5-8)

by John Allison (Goodreads Author)Lissa Treiman (Illustrator)Max Sarin(Illustrator)Whitney Cogar (Colorist)

Giant Days, Vol. 3 (Giant Days #9-12)

by John Allison (Goodreads Author)Max Sarin (Illustrations)Whitney Cogar (Colorist)Jim Campbell (Letterer)Lissa Treiman (Cover Artist)

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

by Ed Yong

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus(Junie B. Jones #1)

I had a hard time finding books that I wanted to stick with this month.

I landed on  I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong and Our Endangered Values by Jimmy Carter (which I’ve not yet finished).

While reading these non-fiction books, I read the comic books above for pleasure and the children’s books above for research for a new series of children’s books that is in development.


*Image links are Amazon affiliate links.  All other links (author names, illustrators names, etc.) are Goodreads links.



Women’s March 2018

I did not march in the first Women’s March because I was afraid.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the other reason I did not march (which is also my most unpopular opinion of last year):  I did not think marching was a good idea.

I thought marching was fine, but not efficient.  Why march when you could be spending all of the time on the phone with representatives or emailing congresspersons?

I spent the Women’s March of 2017 doing that:  calling, emailing, signing petitions.

Honestly, I do not know that any of it helped.  I don’t know that marching or doing all of the things you are supposed to do actually change the way our elected officials govern.

Stick with me.  I know this is looking bleak.  

Here is what I do know:  Isolating yourself is unhealthy.  It creates an unrealistic image of what you think the world is really like.  Even if you surround yourself with people who have the same views as you, resigning yourself only to those people will make you think the rest of the world is burning down when it isn’t.

Your neighbors are good people.

I decided to march this year because I am uncertain of the effectiveness of all of my political efforts.  I am uncertain of the efforts of those who govern. 

But as I was marching today, I was certain that there are people out there that believe one of the greatest philosophical teachings of my youth:

Be excellent to each other. - Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

I was wrong about marching.  It does help.  It may not effect change in the government immediately (oh, if it were so), but it restores faith in humanity, stokes the fire of hope, and encourages the use of posterboard, scented markers, and yarn.

Women’s March 2018 – Chattanooga, Tn

Women’s March 2018 – Chattanooga, Tn

Women’s March 2018 – Chattanooga, Tn

Women’s March 2018 – Chattanooga, Tn

Proof Copy Came

Today was Proof Day at my house.

The newest Fernando book arrived.  It has been read by three people and written in by two people.

A few text corrections and a cover corrections to go before final proof and then publication.


What I Read: December 2017 Edition

The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1 (DC Universe: Rebirth) by Simon Oliver, Moritat (Illustrator)

James Bond, Vol. 1: VARGR (James Bond Dynamite Comics #1)by Warren EllisJason Masters (Illustrator)

Grass Kings #1 (Grass Kings #1) by Matt Kindt (Goodreads Author)Tyler Jenkins (Illustrator)

ALICE (ALICE #1) by C.W. LambCharles Lamb

Runaways (2017-) #4 by Rainbow Rowell (Goodreads Author)Kris Anka (Illustrator)

Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 (Wonder Woman (2016) -1) by Greg RuckaLiam Sharp (Illustrator)Stanley Lau (Cover Artist)Paulo Siqueira (Illustrator)Matthew Clark (Illustrator)

Black Panther #1 (Black Panther (2016-) single issues #01) by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBrian Stelfreeze (Illustrator)

Yes My Accent Is Real Tr by Kunal Nayyar

BLACK #1 (BLACK #1) by Kwanza OsajyefoTim Smith III (Illustrator)Jamal Igle (Illustrator)Robin Riggs (Illustrator)Sarah Stern (Illustrator)Khary Randolph(Illustrator)Dave Sharpe (Illustrator)Sarah Litt (Editor)

Rock Candy Mountain #1 (Rock Candy Mountain (single issues) #1) by Kyle Starks

The Jetsons (2017-) #1 by Jimmy PalmiottiAlex Sinclair (Illustrator)Amanda Conner(Illustrator)Paul Mounts (Illustrator)Pier Brito (Illustrator)

The Jetsons (2017-) #2 by Jimmy PalmiottiAlex Sinclair (Illustrator)Amanda Conner(Illustrator)Paul Mounts (Illustrator)Pier Brito (Illustrator)

Peanuts: The Beagle Has Landed, Charlie Brown by Andy BeallBob ScottVicki Scott