Novel to Film Adaptations of Terror Attacks Create Healthy Discussions

The Goldfinch, reaches out to the many teenagers affected by the contemporary epidemic of domestic terrorist attacks that leave them without a parent, sometimes the only parent they know. Bookshelves are stocked with options in terrorist attacks and how people deal with them. What sets Donna Tartt’s novel apart from all the others on the…

Women in Film in a Post #MeToo Age

Women in film are more than a token term used to give the appearance of representation and accountability in a historically male-dominated field. With the drumbeat of the #MeToo movement, women in film have become a necessity. A flurry of activity around women-centered programs have been and will continue to spring up, as a result, designed…

Free E-Book: This Weekend Only!

This weekend only (Saturday, May 19, 2018, through Monday, May 21, 2018) My novel Stoop will be FREE! Download it, review it, share it! This weekend ONLY! #AmWriting  

Female Unity Through Storytelling

Female unity is strengthened through the act of storytelling, as evident in stories shared throughout history in such novels as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg and Two or Three Things I Know For Sure by Dorothy Allison. Allison’s cathartic memoir speaks to the kind of candid conversations that create…

Louis Zukofsky and Ezra Pound: Idols Almost Always Disappoint

Objectivist poet Louis Zukofsky edited a magazine called Poetry in February 1931, as a result of his connection with Ezra Pound, whom Zukofsky impressed with his fanboy analysis of Pounds poem Cantos. Zukofsky included a list of poets whose works are “absolutely necessary to students of poetry” in the magazine issue (Zukofsky 268). Topping the…

What is Paraphrasing?

Original Passage: “There is one mirror in my house. It is behind a sliding panel in the hallway upstairs. Our faction allows me to stand in front of it on the second day of every third month, the day my mother cuts my hair. I sit on the stool and my mother stands behind me…

Close Reading of Narration in Gertrude Stein and Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman has a particular style of narration that is identifiable as the voice of Whitman, full of detail and intimacy. Gertrude Stein’s narrative voice tells her readers an incredibly detailed story that is also intimate and genuine. The narration of details of anything is a challenge. A writer has to convey the often-overlooked minutia…

Synthesizing Gender Ideas: Using Angela Carter and Frida Kahlo

  Just like the child that began to grow in Frida Kahlo’s womb that never came to fruition, Angela Carter’s The Snow Child creates a child that returns to the earth from which it came. The Count in Carter’s story goes on a journey stating over and over again, “I wish I had a girl…”…

Toni Morrison: The Power of Introduction

A simple Powerpoint presentation on the power of introductions in novels, using three Toni Morrison novels. A great introduction can bring a reader in and hope to fall in love with the words on the page, while a shoddy introduction can lose a reader who otherwise might love the rest of the story. There is…

#RealMenRespect

In my opinion, which comes from a place of experience, sexual predators come in many variant degrees of style, but ultimately all fall into the same pool. I work in social services so I have worked with many individuals who fall on that variant degrees of the spectrum that highlights all the types of individuals…

Halloween Costumes in America: The 2017 Celebration Census

Atmos FX review of their window/wall projection decoration. Disclaimer: The product was given to me for free to review. First impressions: WOW! This unit has many slides and more can be added. In addition to this the unit comes with slides for all occasions. The fun begins with Halloween, then goes on to Christmas/Holidays, Birthdays,…

#MeToo

“Don’t talk! You’re breaking my concentration!” he said before pressing his cast covered forearm harder across my throat. “You’re hurting me! Get off of me! Now!” I squeak out one last time before I realize my next breath  might be my last. “I TOLD YOU TO SHUT THE FUCK UP!” My windpipe starts to feel…

Blade Runner 2049

Without a doubt this film is destined to be a cult classic, just as its predecessor was. It didn’t bank much this weekend at the box office and neither did the other, but over time made its money back and then some. I feel this film will do the same. Now, with that being said…

Press Release! Dirty Fairytales Anthology

#NewRelease #LIVE Dirty Fairytales Anthology from ☛ Cheri Marie, Brandy Dorsch, JM Schalm, LB Russell, Reagan Hollow, Carissa Laryea, Ava Harper Kent, Barb Shuler, Jaime Russell, Ava Danielle, Bethany Loughlin-Frost, and Kelsey Jensen ⭐️Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2eSWq8G ⭐️Amazon CA: http://amzn.to/2eTme4H ⭐️Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2w56sie ⭐️Amazon AU:  http://amzn.to/2wWTRup ⭐️Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2x7dfIE ⭐️Kobo: http://bit.ly/2yQyT16   #Goodreads ☛ http://bit.ly/2wZ3wB0…

Feminist and Marxist Theories Applied to The Handmaid’s Tale

  Marxist and Feminist theories applied to writing open up the blooms of context that the author writes in between the spaces of semantics. Strengthened by analysis, weakened by assumptions, each theory offers insight into novels such as The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, which is subject to conjecture due to the specific nature of…

American Modernism: T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land

American Modernism literature seeks to be contemporary while harkening to classics in an ever-changing world. T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” asks readers to find redemption in a baron landscape after the lands have been raped of everything. The “profit and loss” of the lands that have been left and forgotten like the “cry of gulls,”…

Analysis of Setting

  The setting in “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner creates a portrait of a small town with just enough people to keep it busy, yet everyone knows everyone’s business. In the setting of this story, Miss Emily has an estate that is often in dire need of organization, cleaning, and care beyond what…

Bill Cosby: The Father Who Disappointed Us All

This was not a case of millions of people believing him to be great when he wasn’t after all, such as when a seemingly great person makes you happy and then as soon as they turn they wipe their hands of even touching you, but instead made you feel great and loved then turned and stuck his dick in a woman without her permission. That is Cosby now. 

Food For Thought About Creative Writing

To begin the act of writing, comprehension of the building blocks for grammar, style, composition, syntax, diction, and prose is necessary. Not having an understanding of each component would lead to disaster.  Imagine trying to bake a cake without knowing exactly what each ingredient is. You may be able to add them all together and…

English Language: A Writers Tool

Reflections of the English Language mirror our desires to communicate with each other in spite of not always knowing all the rules. An immigrant may not know all of the rules to the English language, but that does not stop them from communicating to the best of their ability in English in order to be…

Film Reviews

I am an intern for The Film Standard Magazine and I have been doing reviews. Here is the link if you’d like to check them out. Check back weekly or bi-weekly as they publish them on a rotation with the other interns and staff. PS They still haven’t corrected the spelling of my last name…

The Boogieman of African American Literature

  What is a boogieman, but an age-old tale, told around a campfire, so common to children and adults alike, designed to give people a fright. African American writers tell stories about the several incantations of a boogieman and its omniscient presence in their lives. In African American literature, a boogieman can be dated as…

Antebellum, Civil War, Post Bellum Ethos, Pathos, and Logos of American Literature

               The role of plays, essays, and fiction in literature during an antebellum America served to provide proof, trust, invoke emotion, and add value to the experiences and lives of those authoring the pieces. Writers such as Fanny Fern, Black Hawk, Harriet Jacobs, and Emily Dickinson wrote through antebellum America, the Civil War, and…

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights

I wrote nothing about the inauguration of the incoming president because I don’t have to. I wrote nothing because focusing on the abuser enables him. I wrote nothing because his unlawful election was such a blight on American History that I have to construct a discussion about it that speaks to the enormity of it, not…

#IStandWithPP

Whether you are male or female, this issue should be important to you. Populating the earth is not an issue and overpopulation is certainly something to consider. As a mother of four, I certainly am not advocating not having children. What I am advocating is allowing a woman to make informed choices about her body,…

The Female Body in Movies: Ex Machina

Ava is the peformative imitation of the code that Nathan programs into her to appear as real as possible, but without any natural substance involved in her creation.

Linguistic Elements of Toni Morrison

The five present tenses of Ebonics phonics interested Toni Morrison and wanted to capture it in her writing before the language was lost forever. “Ebonics is one of the most distinctive varieties of American English, differing from Standard English” (Rickford, 2). The five present tenses change a sentence such as, “he is running,” to “he…

Making Time for Mom

All too often mom is the last person in the household who gets time to do what she wants to do. Making breakfast, ironing clothes (ya who am I kidding, extra roll in the dryer is what I meant), packing school lunches, finding dad’s work pants that you know he just took off somewhere and…

Blundering Blog

Sometimes when life gets hectic, so does the blogging commitment. I have no one to blame but myself. I deleted the old Artificially Awake Mom blog since it was becoming more of a chore than a joy. Then I got tons of request for it by email and on Twitter. I slowly developed regret. I…

Hillary Clinton: President Hopeful or Hopeless?

I am by definition, a bleeding heart liberal. I get all worked up about all kinds of issues that affect humanity. Everything from immigration, to abortion, to LGBT issues, to women’s rights, and everything in between. I voted for Ralph Nader, Barack Obama (twice), and am pro-choice. So naturally one would assume that I am…