Friday, October 22, 2010

The Sweet One

YAY! I'm so excited! Reese Dante cover artist extraordinaire did a phenomenal job on the cover to my upcoming release, The Sweet One.
Silver Publishing asked me early on what I wanted my cover to look like. Reese not only listened to what I wanted, but she knocked it up a notch and made the cover look beyond my expectations.
Thank you, Reese! I love it!! :)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Purple is my favorite color

I wore my purple proudly yesterday. Since we're only supposed to wear black and white at the school, I was promptly sent home for breaking dress code.
It ticked me off, but at least I got to state my case before I left. It's hard living in a small southern town. A lot of people are still very narrow minded about homosexual relationships, and any kind of alternative lifestyle that other people have.

It angrily frustrates me.

There was a gay teenager on Fort Smith that was suspended for wearing a Gay Pride t-shirt. Here is the news report, reported by KFSM the local newcast up here.

Fort Smith couple demanded change Wednesday after they say their 15-year-old daughter was suspended for wearing clothes that support gay pride. The teen's parents say a t-shirt cost the Ramsey Junior High School student three days suspension.

The teenager wore a t-shirt to school Tuesday with phrases like "100% gay pride," "proud to be a lesbian," and "support homosexual love" written on it. The teen's father, David King, said, "It's not profane. It's not vulgar and if it offends somebody they need to get over it."

King says administrators asked his daughter to change the shirt, but when she refused she received a three day suspension. "I'm not a homosexual rights activist. I don't agree with it, but just because I don't agree with something doesn't make it wrong," said King.

The Fort Smith School District would not comment specifically about the incident, but did confirm they suspended a student at Ramsey Junior High School for insubordination. "If they refuse to change their clothes the issue then becomes not what they're wearing, but their response to the direction from the school administrator," said Dr. Gordon Floyd, Deputy Superintendent for Fort Smith Public Schools.

District leaders say students have the right to express themselves through clothing, but if it disrupts school it is not allowed. "There's just a line between expressing yourself and doing so in such a manner that becomes a disruptive in the school," said Dr. Floyd.

School leaders say if a student is suspended he or she cannot make up the work. David King and his wife officially filed a complaint with the school involving the incident.

Not only are these views ignorant but they're dangerous, too. I still dream of a day wear people aren't bullied and frowned upon because of who they love.

It's a good dream and I'm holding onto it.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Snow White and her special day

Recently three year old niece, Snow White, was taken to Disney World for the first time. While she was there, she luckily met all of her favorite Disney characters.
Of course, her dream is to be a Disney Princess. Lucky for her, Disney has a several ways for little girls to be a Disney princess for a day.

Snow White got to be part of the Bibbidibobadeboo Salon. As part of the program, she got to pick out the dress she wanted to wear, the hair style she wanted, and how she wanted them to do her makeup. After she was made up at the salon into a beautiful Princess, she got to have breakfast with all of the real Disney princesses in Cinderella's castle. Afterward, while she was at Magic Kingdom, she was called Her Majesty and Princess (her name) by all of the employee's there.

My sister said that Snow White was on cloud nine all day long.

I think it's great that for one day, Snow White really thought she was a Princess. Wouldn't we all like to have a day like that?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Eight years ago today

Today is my wedding anniversary and we're spending it apart. He's working and
I'm home and writing. It's unfair, but bills must be paid.
It's been a great eight years!

Friday, October 8, 2010

October 20th is a day of Honor

It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Asher Brown, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Billy Lucas and Cody J. Barker (picture not shown). You are all loved.

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.