I enjoyed your post and got a real kick reading the responses and commenting. I feel so much more connected to the writers who shared their stories. I still plan to write a post on my blog with pictures. Maybe tomorrow and I'll come back to your post with a link to it.
Happy I inspired you! It was easier on them then me! They are 5 and 2. It was the two year old I LONGED to squeeze on at 3:00 am! It is a great goal to keep in mind! WIth my 5 year old it was easier because he had many overnights prior. I think it is good for all of us in many ways!
My Dearest SheWrites Colleagues, especially Deborah Siegel,
I'll probably leave a snider aside on the NYT blog, but was so bugged after reading such a cavalier SCREW YOU, LADIES from less than New Yawk gents about editorial choices, I needed to drop you this line.
When the University of California (which sets policy for the entire higher ed system in Sonny, CA from Jr. college on up) declared Affirmative Action was no longer necessary about ten years ago, there were PERHAPS three African American English instructors in the dozen community colleges south of L.A. and a handful of Hispanics (beach communities, Orange County, San Diego). The reason given was they couldn't find qualified minority candidates (where weren't they looking?), and it was merely "coincidental" that the majority of hires happened to be WASPS (although more women got tenure than ever before). This was at as time when every college hired 2-4 English instructors each year. Department chairs and deans are primarily white males, and after years of hiring freezes, the face of higher ed in S. California is embarrassingly pale (and the administrators overwhelmingly, woefully male).
The demographics of the student body these days consist primarily of Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.
Is it just me, or is our new President getting an extraordinary degree of contempt, underreporting, and disrespect, more than most under a thousand day Commanders-in-Chief typically have gotten, even those who couldn't pronounce words correctly?
America may be running out of resources, but it seems to be a country with an unlimited supply of bigotry. So why be surprised over racist policies at the New York Times?
UIC and Univ of IL - Chicago are one and the same!
To have a virtual "bookswap" bookshelf ... maybe it would have to be a "group" and members list what they have available. Not sure how it could work after that. But I've periodically invited individual writers to swap with me (those boxes of previous titles we have sitting around) ... so my book gets to one other reader, and I am introduced to books I may have never read.
"Meg--What is truly inspiring about this recent boost in sales is that this is for a book you published years ago (I know because I just read the sample and bought it). It proves that an author's backlist can still have a lot of life in…"