Barbara Burgess

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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

What I Read in November

Books

Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

Comics

Sisters of Sorrow #1 by Kurt SutterCourtney Alameda (Goodreads Author)Hyeonjin Kim(Illustrator)

Sisters of Sorrow #2 by Kurt SutterCourtney Alameda (Goodreads Author)Hyeonjin Kim(Illustrator)

Sisters of Sorrow #3 by Kurt SutterCourtney Alameda (Goodreads Author)Hyeonjin Kim(Illustrator)Taj Tenfold (Illustrator)

Sisters of Sorrow #4 by Kurt SutterCourtney Alameda (Goodreads Author)Hyeonjin Kim(Illustrator)Taj Tenfold (Illustrator)

Mage: The Hero Denied #1 (of 15) by Matt Wagner

The Skeptics #1 by Tini HowardDevaki Neogi (Illustrator)

The Family Trade #1 by Justin JordanNikki RyanMorgan Beem (Illustrator)

Mega Princess #1 by Kelly Thompson (Goodreads Author)Brianne Drouhard (Illustrator)

Children’s Book Giveaway on Wednesday

Over at WEAREMAKINGSTORIES.COM, we are doing a holiday giveaway.

When you follow WEAREMAKINGSTORIES on Instagram or Facebook, you are automatically entered to win a copy of Fernando Learns About Helping!

You can also enter to win a copy by joining our newsletter at WEAREMAKINGSTORIES.COM.

Winners will be announced on their respective platforms.  Good luck to you all!

End of Podcast

After nine episodes of No Book Is Safe, I am have decided to pause my podcast making for now.

Podcasting alone makes me feel tired.  It is the same with dictations.

If I am dictating story notes or a blog post while sitting down, I begin yawning after the first or second sentence.  I recognize the frequent yawning as my stress response.

When I get stressed out, I get tired.  I don’t feel a tightness in my chest nor do I get headaches.  I just get insta-sleepy.  I have clear memories of falling asleep in the middle of a fight with someone I was dating when I was in my twenties.

(And, yes, that relationship ended — Nobody’s perfect.)  🙂

So, my podcasting efforts are on hold until I find some podcasting partners or until I figure out how to do this without getting sleepy.

Cheers.

 

If you have a podcast, let me know.  I’d love to listen.