Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard

Sunday, April 10th, 2016:
It’s the final day of the Democracy Spring march that began in Philadelphia 9 days ago. We’re going to be arriving in D.C. later that afternoon. At our morning rendezvous, one of my fellow marchers hands me his car keys.

“I want to march today, can you drive support?”

“I’d love to! Which car?”

“The Denali over there.” I glance to where he’s pointing, then do a double take and look at him like he’s crazy.

“That big truck?! I’ve never driven anything larger than a small SUV.”

“You’ll be fine. I trust you.” He pats me on the back and walks off, leaving me nervously holding the key to someone else’s very nice truck.

Okay, Tara. You can do this. You’ll be able to take it nice and slow since you’re driving along with the marchers.


I hoist myself up into the truck, see an auxiliary cable, and instantly pull out my iPod. I put it on a dance playlist, adjust the seat and mirrors, buckle up, roll down the windows, and put the truck in drive. I very slowly pull out of the parking lot, panicking slightly when I bump a curve, but then I’m on the road. Everything is intact, and this gigantic truck is actually easy for me to maneuver. Who knew?

Prince’s 1999 starts playing, and I turn it up as I drive past the marchers, waving and cheering them on.
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Wolves, Iguanas & Tweeters – Oh My!

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It constantly amazes me how the one social media platform that I used to think of as “useless” is now one of the most influential and important platforms available today.

I used to think that Twitter, with it’s premise of limiting posts to 140 characters, would simply become another social media rage that eventually faded into the past. It has done the complete opposite. With the ability to include links and photos, and the use of hashtags, Twitter has become one of the most widely used social media platforms for anyone who wants to quickly and easily advertise or simply share something with the world.

Everyone knows I love The Young Turks. On January 27th, as I watched TYT Live and joined the conversation with other fans on Twitter, a fundraising idea for Wolf PAC was born.
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The Necessity of Zest & Gusto – Zen in the Art of Writing

As someone who has been writing stories since I was able to form sentences with a pencil, I have many favorite authors and creators, but I have a very select list of “writer role models.”

In 2002, as an eleven year old bookworm struggling with depression, I read about J.K. Rowling and her determination to get Harry Potter written during difficult times. While anxiously waiting for the next book (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) to be released the next year, I threw myself into writing stories so that I could be just like her. In more recent years, learning how much more there is to the Wizarding World than what I originally read or saw on the big screen has only cemented J.K. Rowling’s spot on my list.

In 2009, when I was away at college for the first time, my friends introduced me to Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. That first year of college was a struggle, and some of the best moments were when I would curl up on a couch in the common area with my friends to lose myself in Echo’s story. I quickly became obsessed with finding anything created by Joss Whedon, and I admire the way he is able to craft stories that take your mind, as well as your emotions, on crazy adventures.

In 2013, while struggling with once again having moved away from everything I knew, I was introduced to A Song of Ice and Fire & Game of Thrones. The depth and detail of George R.R. Martin‘s world amazed me, and he quickly became my third writer role model.

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Ever since reading Fahrenheit 451 in a literature class as a high school junior, Ray Bradbury has been one of my favorite authors, and one of the people I quoted most often. Yet, somehow I didn’t “officially” add him to my list of “writer role models” until the end of 2015, when I finally read Zen in the Art of Writing.
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How To Earn Your Creative Title

Just and Loyal, those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.
Just and Loyal, those patient
Hufflepuffs are true and
unafraid of toil.

Most people seem focused on the labels assigned to themselves and other people.

Take me, for example. I tend to introduce myself with some sort of title: I am a writer; a dog lover; a woman; a nerd; a progressive liberal; a bookworm; a Whedonite; a Potterhead; a Hufflepuff; etc.

Oftentimes, when I introduce myself as a writer, people ask, “How did you become a writer?” My answer almost always draws skepticism.

“I just always have been.”
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Teaser Tuesday (Nov 3)

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My Teasers:

Life isn’t a support-system for art.
It’s the other way around.

-page 101 of On Writing by Stephen King

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm.

To play along:
* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Please comment with a link to your teasers, or if you don’t have a blog, just type your TT into a comment. I’d love to read them! Thanks.

This Teaser Tuesday is part of my week-long Alliteration Agenda!