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Sunday, December 8, 2013

The Unsuspecting Heroine

Do you have a favorite heroine? There are many to choose from now, thank our lucky stars. From Xena, to Buffy, to Nikita. Some of the best adventures, thrillers, and rescues are coming from “the weaker sex”, proving we’re not that weak after all. Okay, sure, if you want to get technical men and women don’t compete against each other in, say, the Olympics; men are faster, stronger and bigger. But by no means are we “weaker”.

Just look at what women have accomplished over the last century. We’ve been astronauts and engineers, politicians and Prime Ministers, cops and criminals, artists and innovators. We’ve run everything from marathons to megacorps.

But the best heroines change the world without knowing their own power. Such is the story of Nichelle Nichols. Until her debut on the 1960s TV series Star Trek as Lieutenant Uhura black women were ONLY seen as servants on the tube. When Gene Roddenberry created the show he didn’t want a monster-of-the-week kind of entertainment. He wanted to challenge our ideas and broaden our minds. He cast a black woman as the fourth in command of a star ship, thus opening the eyes of women of all colors to the possibilities of what we can do. Even Whoopi Goldberg credits Nichol’s achievement as the inspiration for her own career as a comedian and actress. And her inspiration didn’t stop there:


It’s all I can do to keep from typing “Nichols boldly went where no woman had gone before” but it’s true. And I for one am grateful.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Real World Women Heroes

As a fantasy writer I try to create life-like heros and heroines that readers can relate to; characters that are understanding and sensitive, yet show unfathomable courage in the face of extraordinary fear. This makes for a good read. People enjoy identifying with the hero, thinking to themselves, “I would do that, too”, so when the hero suffers a loss, or squeaks out a win in the end, we feel for them, and for ourselves.

But it is all fantasy.

The real heros, the true life stories, are the ones that touch me. Motivate me. Shame me, in fact, as I could in no way have created such amazing tales, or such nightmarish realities. The truth is always stranger and more dangerous than fiction.

The story that touched me most recently was the tale of Charlotte Laws, a mother who went head-to-head with a revenge porn website that hacked her daughter’s email account. She describes her own story as “Enemy of the State”. Fighting for the safety and honor of her daughter (and other victimized women she met along her journey) she was harassed, threatened, and stalked. Normal law enforcement channels, both state and federal, took unsympathetic views, blaming the victims for the private photos they took of themselves.

“Revenge porn” is a new and ugly term on the Internet. If a woman breaks up with a man, he would take any personal pictures of that woman and post them on these websites, complete with names, addresses and, in some cases, where they worked. Other members of that website would harass these women, calling their places of employment and demand they be fired. Their lives were ruined. Two of them committed suicide.

Laws collected information on the website’s owner, Hunter Moore, for authorities. She contacted other victims personally to warn them and advise them on who to talk to and how to combat the “bad publicity.” She built her own Internet following, one that watched for any activity by Moore, then attacked his Facebook accounts, keeping him “offline.”

In the end Laws swayed the FBI, who confiscated Moore’s computer and property. She got involved with California Legislature and helped pass SB255, an anti-revenge porn bill. Next stop, Capitol Hill.

I am moved by her courage and tenacity to fight an untouchable foe. Her family was nearly destroyed by this disaster, yet she found a way not only to build a stronger family unit but save the lives and reputations of women all over the world.

Please, read her story. http://jezebel.com/one-womans-dangerous-war-against-the-most-hated-man-on-1469240835

Friday, November 8, 2013

The beginning

So it starts.  Sure, you think writing the book is the hard part — you pour your heart and soul and energy into the creating, polishing, and birthing of your beast — but what then?  If you’re lucky someone reads it.  If you’re very lucky someone likes it.  And the luckiest ones get offered a contract.

Now, you think, I’m ready.  The hard part’s behind me, nothing left but thinking about the next one, or the one after that.  

Hold on, now.  There’s just a little more to do, something big, something important.  You have to TELL THE WORLD.

Here we go…

Coming soon.  The Dead Man’s Deal; a Winki Witherspoon Adventure

"When Winki Witherspoon lost her husband she inherited his New Orleans mansion, and his magical talent.  Can she master it and discover his traitor before she too is destroyed?"