Gif it to Me, Baby: When You Have to Roll Your Eyes

There are times in life — specifically internet-life — where it’s not worth the effort to get mad at whatever inane thing some jackass has spouted off about.  It’s not worth your anger, and it’s certainly not worth your energy composing a post to tell them off, and it might not even be worth giving them the finger. For those times, all you can do is just roll your eyes. Read More Gif it to Me, Baby: When You Have to Roll Your Eyes

A Brief History of Women’s History Month

I’ve been self-identifying as a feminist as long as I can remember, but it was only few years ago that I realized I didn’t know the history of March’s Women’s History Month. As part of rectifying this oversight, I wrote “A Brief History of Women’s History Month” for Persephone back in 2011 and we’ve rerun the feature annually since.

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Reading Beyond the Canon

Over at xoJane this week, author K.T. Bradford posted about her efforts to read only works written by women or people of color or LGBTQ authors and challenged her readers to take up a similar goal for year. As this is the internet, it was not terribly surprising that the comment section of the post was filled with scathing rebuttals to Bradford’s suggestion ranging from the relatively mild, “eh, I don’t get the point” to the kneejerk claims of reverse racism.  Read More Reading Beyond the Canon

Vintage Valentines for My Galentines

Of all the gifts given to us by Leslie Knope, the holiday known as Galentine’s Day might be the greatest. On February 13th, Leslie encourages us to celebrate the important female relationships in our lives. And you, my dear Persephoneers, whatever gender you may identify with (or not), are among my most important relationships. Read More Vintage Valentines for My Galentines

Netflix 5: Lifetime Movies for Your Lazy Saturday

My love of the LMN genre is well documented on this site. There’s nothing like turning your brain down to 1 and watching a parade of marginally pretty people do really dumb things, or formerly famous actors tackle lurid true crime tales while you lump around on the couch. It’s easy. It’s comforting. It goes well with a glass of white wine and some Twizzlers. Read More Netflix 5: Lifetime Movies for Your Lazy Saturday

P-Mag Round-table: On Being Sponsored by Your Husband

Earlier this week, Salon published an essay by writer Ann Bauer about, as she says, “the masquerade” that some writers put on — that is, the fact that writing doesn’t pay a lot of money and it’s easier to do if you happen to have access to a lot of it. Most writers — and friends and families of writers — know how hard it is to sustain yourself solely on a writing career. Those that manage to do so are a small and lucky bunch. The rest of us keep working day jobs or picking up as many freelance assignments as we can, or putting together piecemeal extra careers teaching a couple of classes here and a writing retreat there. And then there are the others whose careers are supported by the “sponsorship” of others  — their spouses or significant others who happen to earn enough money to allow for the uncertainties of the life (and paycheck) of a writing career, or who may have some family money to fall back on. Read More P-Mag Round-table: On Being Sponsored by Your Husband

NaNoWriMo 2014 — Keep Writing

It’s now December. For many of you, that means the hellish challenge that is NaNoWriMo has come to an end. Perhaps this was the year that you won and printed yourself out a winner’s certificate you can display with pride on your fridge’s door. Or maybe this is the year that you had very good intentions of winning, but the flu decided otherwise. Or you’re a non-participant and looking forward to the next eleven months where you mostly aren’t inundated with posts about this damn novel writing month. Read More NaNoWriMo 2014 — Keep Writing