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1. लडते झगडे मुद्दे

लडते झगडे मुद्दे — मीठा मीठा गप्प गप्प कडवा कडवा थू थू … लडते, झगडे तो कभी सुलझे बच्चे की तरह टीचर(एंकर} के सामने कुछ पूछ्ने के लिए ऊंगली उठाते, बीच बीच में विज्ञापन और अगले कार्यक्रम की सूचना … इतना सब कुछ होता है आजकल न्यूज चैनल की भैंस … ओह क्षमा बहस में, बस पूछिए ही मत… ये शाम का समय तो बेहद ही क्रूशियल होता है. कितनी बार तो चैनल की आवाज ही धीमी करनी पडती है कि पडोसी ये न समझ लें कि हमारे घर में लडाई हो रही है…

हर चैनल, बहस में लडने भिडने मारने को उतारु सा प्रतीत होता है… इसलिए बस आज तो सोच ही लिया कि रोज रोज बुराईयां करने से अच्छा है आज से फालतू की बहस देखना ही बंद … ना होगी भैस ओह पुन क्षमा.. न होगी बहस और न वो पानी मे जाएगी… बस आज शाम टीवी ही नही चलाया… समय गुजर रहा था. गुजर रहा था..

मन मे बुरे बुरे ख्याल आने शुरु हो गए कि आज का मुद्दा क्या होगा. कौन कौन किस चैनल पर आया होगा. किस बात पर लड मर रहे होंगें. किस की खाली कुर्सी दिखाई जा रही होगी.  कुछ सूनापन सा महसूस होने लगा.

खैर ध्यान बटाया कि मोनिका तू कार्टून की बना ले कोई ,पर फिर सोचा कि कार्टून बनाने का आईडिया भी तो यही से मिलता है … बस फिर क्या था. अब मैं टीवी के सामने बैठी  चाय पीते हुए बहस एंजाय कर रही हूं और बार बार चैनल ही बदल बदल कर देख रही हूं और सोच रही हूं  बिल्कुल बेकार मुद्दे … आज तो देख लिया बस पर कल से बिल्कुल नही देखूगी…   :)

Cover story: Freedom for Women

लडकियां मोबाइल का प्रयोग न करें, जींस न पहनें। घर से बाहर निकलते हुए सिर पर पल्लू रखें, बाज्ार  न जाएं..।लडकियों की शादी कम उम्र में कर देनी चाहिए। इससे बलात्कार की घटनाएं कम होंगी और वे सुरक्षित रहेंगी..।

बलात्कार के 90 फीसदी मामले आपसी सहमति के होते हैं..।

लडकियों को देर रात घर से बाहर नहीं निकलना चाहिए..।

ये सारे बयान और फरमान देश के ज्िाम्मेदार लोगों द्वारा दिए गए हैं। ऐसे समय में जबकि स्त्रियां हर क्षेत्र में अपना वर्चस्व कायम कर रही हैं, ऐसे बयान हास्यास्पद हैं। ये स्त्रियों के प्रति संवेदनहीन नज्ारिए का जीवंत उदाहरण हैं। राष्ट्रीय राजधानी दिल्ली क्राइम कैपिटल में तब्दील हो रही है। सेंटर फॉर सोशल रिसर्च ने दिल्ली में जनवरी 2009 से जुलाई 2011 के बीच दर्ज मामलों के अध्ययन के बाद एक रिपोर्ट पेश की। रिपोर्ट में कहा गया है कि दिल्ली में महिलाएं दिन में भी सुरक्षित नहीं हैं।

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2. Happy Independence Day!

I hope your day is filled with celebration with friends and fireworks, hot dogs and apple pie! Click the image to the right to find Independence Day-themed coloring pages for the little ones.

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3. Free 1st 5 Pages Workshop with Author Ava Jae and Agent Patricia Nelson Opens Today!

Our July workshop will open for entries today at noon, EST. We'll take the first five Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages.

And we have some exciting news here at the workshop! We have four fabulous new permanent mentors:  Brenda DrakeJanet B. TaylorStephanie Scott and Wendy Spinale.  All have wonderful books coming out in the next several months that I can't wait to read! (And if you want a chance to win one - make sure to add them to your shelf on Goodreads!) Also, the workshop will now run for 4 weeks.

  • Week One: Your two assigned permanent mentors plus Ava Jae provide feedback on your original entry, and you receive additional feedback from other workshop participants. You revise based on their comments.
  • Week Two: Permanent mentors and the guest mentor review and critique your 1st revision. You do another revision.
  • Week Three: Permanent mentors, the guest mentor, and the literary agent mentor review and critique your 2nd revision. 
  • Week Four: You provide a pitch (up to 200 words) that would be the core of a query letter and describes what your manuscript is about. Mentors and the agent mentor review it, consider whether it matches up to your first five pages, and recommend changes to make sure it matches up with your manuscript and answers questions while sounding enticing and marketable.

Another new feature we're introducing this month is that the guest agent will chose a workshop "winner" -- but, of course, you win just by joining the workshop, accepting the feedback, and working hard on revising your pages! The guest agent will review and comment on a partial of the winner's manuscript or work-in-progress!

In addition to our talented permanent mentors, we have Ava Jae, author of the forthcoming BEYOND THE RED, and Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. So get those pages ready!

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4. GJ Book Club, Chapter 13: Variety of Mass

On the GJ Book Club, we're looking at Chapter 13: "Variety of Mass" in Harold Speed's 1917 classic The Practice and Science of Drawing. The following numbered paragraphs cite key points in boldface. If you would like to respond to a specific image or point, please precede your comment by the corresponding number.

This chapter brings us to some Speed's best material about painting, with some insights that I haven't seen in other instructional manuals.


1. Variety of shape is one of the most difficult things to invent, and one of the commonest things in nature.

He brings up the excellent point that if you don't regularly study from nature, your work will contain "two or three pet forms repeated." I'm thinking of N.C. Wyeth's whipped-cream clouds, for example (sorry, N.C.) . I think this tendency to see forms in a standardized way can even be a problem for a plein-air painter if they aren't sufficiently patient and selfless to really observe carefully and slowly and vary their approach.

2. Nature does not so readily suggest a scheme of unity, for the simple reason that the first condition of your picture, the four bounding lines, does not exist in nature. 

Despite the fact that we must go to nature to appreciate the endless variety of nature, at some point we need to impose design order on it because we're operating within the artificial universe of a rectangular picture.

3. Variety of tone values

Speed defines tone value (light to dark on a gray scale) as a property of light on form, and also as an element of pictorial design. Both of these properties can influence the tone you choose for a passage, and alter it from the actual local color of the object you're painting. 

Twachtman at the Metropolitan Museum
4. This quality of tone music is most dominant when the masses are large and simple.

Another way to say it is: "big tones create mood." The Twachtman above has both big tones and simple shapes. Large, simple masses of similar tone are what give a picture poetic impact, but they can be hard to achieve. Speed mentions that mist or fog can help. I would add that backlighting can too, because it automatically reduces complex value patterns to simpler silhouettes. 

5. Tone relationships are most sympathetic when the middle values of your scale only are used, that is to say, when the lights are low in tone and the darks high. They are most dramatic and intense when the contrasts are great and the jumps from dark to light sudden.

This is a great truth in keying a picture. The value scale has a lot to do with lighting, as any photographer knows. Fashion or food photographers can control the lighting ratio and the softness of the light using fill lights and diffusers and thereby achieve an image well within the middle range. By contrast, film noir directors use lighting to emphasize dramatic contrasts between light and dark areas. 

But unlike photographers, painters have complete control over all the variables of a picture, and we can achieve effects that are almost impossible in photography.

6. Variety in quality and nature is almost too subtle to write about with any prospect of being understood.
C'mon, Harold! It's a bit of a cop out for him to bring up this point and then not really explain it. But I think he's talking about variety of textures within a painting, including the types of brushstrokes (dry vs. wet, large vs. small, thick vs. thin paint, etc.). He argues—and I agree with him—that many of the celebrated Impressionists suffer from an overall sameness of paint texture, which interferes with any sense that you're looking at nature's infinite variety. You just get stuck in the paint instead.

I love his line "Nature is sufficiently vast for beautiful work to be done in separate departments of vision, although one cannot place such work on the same plane with successful pictures of wider scope." 

7. Every student should make a chart of the colours he is likely to use. 
The purpose of this chart is to see how the paint changes over time. In oil, the chart should have thick blobs of paint on one side thinned with the palette knife to a thin smear. There's a tendency, he says, for oil to rise up through the paint if it can't sink into an absorbent ground, and certain oils can darken. Can one of our paint material experts explain this a bit more?


8. Variety of edges.
He gives the usual advice to vary the edges around a given form—hard, soft, hard, etc. 

He then makes the more unusual observation that in some great works: "the most accented edges are reserved for unessential parts." In other words the face is handled with a lot of softness, and the accessory areas around the face, such as the costume, is given more hard-edge handling. He shows the detail from Velazquez's Surrender of Breda, but I think Sargent has many good examples of this, too.

It strikes me that this quality is the opposite of what you would do in focusing a camera on a face with a shallow-focus prime lens, where you'd want sharpness and detail in the eyes and the center of the face, and softer edges everywhere else. 

9. A picture that is a catalogue of many little parts separately focussed will not hang together as one visual impression.

Little bits separately focused is a common flaw in beginner's work. The unity of vision that he's setting up as a goal in picture-making is one of the marks of enduring masterpieces, and it requires conscious effort to achieve.

10. What perspective has done for drawing, the impressionist system of painting to one all-embracing focus has done for tone. 

We're talking about atmospheric perspective here, which he says is as radical a discovery as the discovery of linear perspective in the Renaissance. 

He continues, "Before perspective was introduced, each individual object in a picture was drawn with a separate centre of vision fixed on each object in turn. What perspective did was to insist that all objects in a picture should be drawn in relation to one fixed centre of vision." These days we've absorbed impressionist values so completely that it's hard to appreciate the impact that the revolution in vision brought to painting.


11. Treatment of foliage edges

Speed discusses the challenge of painting convincing foliage silhouettes. He says: "The poplar trees in Millais' "Vale of Rest" are painted in much the same manner as that employed by the Italians, and are exceptional among modern tree paintings, the trees being treated as a pattern of leaves against the sky. Millais has also got a raised quality of paint in his darks very similar to that of Bellini and many early painters."

He continues, "It is interesting to note how all the great painters have begun with a hard manner, with edges of little variety, from which they have gradually developed a looser manner, learning to master the difficulties of design that hard contours insist on your facing, and only when this is thoroughly mastered letting themselves develop freely this play on the edges, this looser handling."

12. Variety of Gradation
There's one more thing to consider when planning how to handle tone—variety of gradation. He concludes: "There you have only the one scale from black to white to work with, only one octave within the limits of which to compose your tone symphonies."

The Practice and Science of Drawing is available in various formats:
1. Inexpensive softcover edition from Dover, (by far the majority of you are reading it in this format)
3. Free online Archive.org edition.
and The Windsor Magazine, Volume 25, "The Art of Mr. Harold Speed" by Austin Chester, page 335. (thanks, अर्जुन)
GJ Book Club on Pinterest (Thanks, Carolyn Kasper)
New GJ Facebook page, credit Jenna Berry

Original blog post Announcing the GJ Book Club

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5. #BookADay: MINRS by Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster, Sept/2015)

Appropriately enough, I began and finished Kevin Sylvester's MiNRS underground. It was soOooOooOOoo good that I missed my subway stop. Twice.

MiNRS is Kevin's upcoming action-adventure sf book for middle grade ... though honestly, I believe older readers will enjoy it as well. The premise: A 12-year-old boy and his friends have to survive in the mining tunnels after their new space colony are attacked during an Earth communication blackout.

Love the unexpected plot twists.

Loved the action and adventure, sense of real danger. The darker bits are part of what helps set this sf middle grade apart from others.

Love the main character, Christopher, and how his character develops throughout the story. Love the fact that he's just an ordinary boy (no superpowers, etc.) who has to use resources available to him to figure things out and learn how to be a leader.

Loved the depth of the character interactions and complexity of some of the relationships.

Loved the strong female characters.

Loved the fascinating tech/science behind the asteroid mining process.

Just ***LOVED***.

Can't wait until MiNRS comes out this September from Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster.

And Kevin: I want MORE, PLEASE.

Read about MiNRS on the Simon & Schuster website.

Find out more about Kevin and his work at KevinSylvesterBooks.com.

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More info: Donalyn Miller's Summer Book-A-Day Challenge | Archives of my #BookADay posts

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6. Free 1st 5 Pages Workshop is Now Open!

Our July workshop is now open. We'll take the first five Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. Click here to get the rules. I will post when it opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman), with the hashtag #1st5pages.

In addition to our talented permanent mentors, we have Ava Jae, author of the forthcoming BEYOND THE RED, and Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. So get those pages ready!

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7. Giveaway: The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson (US Only)

The Star Side of Bird Hill

by Naomi Jackson
 
Release Date: 6/30/15

 

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Summer, 1989: Sixteen-year-old Dionne Braithwaite and her younger sister Phaedra have just arrived in Bird Hill in Barbados. Sent from Brooklyn by their mother after she can no longer care from them, the sisters move into the home of their grandmother, Hyacinth, who has “Why worry?” in blue script above the front steps. Together, in Naomi Jackson’s lyrical debut novel THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL (Penguin Press; on sale June 30, 2015), these three characters form an unforgettable matriarchal family buoyed by love and community and tested by heartbreak and betrayal.
 
Dionne, “sixteen going on a bitter, if beautiful, forty-five” and exasperated with her new setting, spends the summer in search of love, defying her grandmother’s rules, and wanting to return to Brooklyn. Ten-year-old Phaedra, who observes far more than anyone realizes, adjusts more readily and explores Bird Hill, where the family has lived for generations. And Hyacinth, a woman more than capable of standing upright in the face of the most difficult things, cares for them with equal parts patience and tough love.
 
Phaedra accompanies Hyacinth on her jobs as a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah and learns about the life her grandmother has built—and survived—over the decades. Though far away in Brooklyn, the girls’ mother remains a vivid presence on the island, and slowly Dionne and Phaedra uncover stories of her spirited, complicated life there and why she left, vowing to never return. Jackson’s tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved, or the Barbados of their family.
 
Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents and is the recipient of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Growing up, she spent her summers in Barbados and Antigua, and her real-life experiences there imbue Bird Hill with a vibrancy that is completely transporting. Jackson’s love for her characters, too, radiates off the page, as she explores issues of family, adolescence, mental illness, sexual awakening, and straddling cultures. Dionne, Phaedra, and Hyacinth will stay in your heart and mind long after turning the final page.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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NAOMI JACKSON was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction to complete her first novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. Jackson is a graduate of Williams College, and her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad.

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8. Illustrator Challenge #7

Draw a horse. Try to begin with the bone structure to make sure you get the anatomy correct. You can use references on this one. :)

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9. Rebecca Phillips, author of FAKING PERFECT, on the hard road being worth it

We're pleased to have Rebecca Phillips join us to share more about her contemporary novel FAKING PERFECT.

Rebecca, what book or books would most resonate with readers who love FAKING PERFECT--or visa versa?

I've been compared to Sarah Dessen a few times and I can't even express how much that thrills me. I adore her. She's the reason I started writing YA.

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10. envy shouldn't fuel our conversations, good luck doesn't earn us pride: let us do some good in this world

Being an old woman now, being a veteran of hope and disappointments, promises made and not always kept, I've seen things. I've felt things. I've wondered.

Many conclusions I've kept to myself. Some I've shared privately, quietly, with friends. Never in a bookstore gathering, nor on a panel, nor in a public forum, nor in a passive-aggressive social-media way have I thought it okay—from a human perspective, from the perspective of career advancement, even—to strike back or out at others. To put one writer or book down in order to promote another. To laugh at the person not in the room, or at the person sitting just a few stools down.

These are books we are writing, and if we are writing them for the right reasons, we're not writing them to win, we're not writing them to be famous, we're not writing them to put ourselves on an endless tour away from home and family. We're not writing so that we will own the headlines. We're writing because within the deep of us, something stirs—idea, character, language. The stuff of the soul.

Good luck in our own careers doesn't earn us entree to prideful pronouncements. Bad luck shouldn't put us on a battleground. Envy shouldn't fuel our conversations.

Our country trembles. Our planet stands at desperate risk. Dangers lurk and hearts are broken. People are dying too soon and for no other reason than that they were in a church at a wrong time, or on a beach when terror came, or in a museum when someone raised a gun, or in a hotel when a plane fell.

May we write books that explore, expose, ponder, transcend, heal. May we live, as authors, with the ambition of doing some measurable good in this world.



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11. God Bless What’s Left of America

We have our American Flag hanging outside our house and I can’t help but wonder, will someone report us? Will someone in our neighborhood be offended that we proudly display our American Flag?

To which I reply: Tough shit. good-morning-merica

I’m so SICK of people being offended by everything nowadays.

Get over it.

People are offended because some whack-job worshiped a confederate flag and was high on anti-psychotic drugs and shot a bunch of people in a church (notice I said PEOPLE – we’re all PEOPLE, color is irrelevant), and now the confederate flag offends people so we’re going to go completely berserk and obliterate every last trace of the confederate flag from the face of the Earth.

Idiots. The confederate flag didn’t MAKE that nut-job shoot those people, it was simply a trigger for his crazy delusions. What if his trigger had been a black cat? Would we suddenly want to eradicate black cats from existence? If you need to be “offended” by someone, be “offended” by the act and the person who committed the act, not an inanimate object.

Geez louise people …

You have the right to dislike the confederate flag – I’m not crazy about that flag, either. I think it represents a sad, mixed-up time in our history. I have never understood people who buy that flag and then proudly display it. Why? Do they wish they could go back to those times? Well too bad, it’s not happening. We learned our lesson the first time. Right?

Right??

But I’m not offended if they choose to fly it. It’s their right to do so. And it does serve to remind of us of the mistakes we made during that time period. This isn’t about me and my feelings, it’s about other people’s CHOICE to make bad decisions.

People need to grow a backbone and stop being such emotional cry babies.

The only thing I think of when I see that flag is slavery. And how that’s bad. And I’m truly perplexed that we thought, at one time in our history, that having one set of human beings serve another set of human beings was somehow acceptable. And then I roll my eyes and shrug my shoulders. I wonder more about the people behind these “offenses” than about anything else. People are idiots. What are you going to do?

Anyway, back to the American flag and our country.

I can’t get into this 4th of July. What, exactly, are we celebrating? Our freedoms? Our freedom to do what, exactly? Abide by the rules? Live under a supreme dictator or a group of tenured lawyers who have been given the right to make our decisions for us?

Freedom to “ignore its own laws and tear its Constitution to pieces?”

Freedom “to dismantle the institution of marriage in favor of legitimizing sexual perversion?”

What, exactly, are we celebrating nowadays? Our freedoms are slowly being taken away with each passing law and government decree.

If so, what’s so great about being great? Where is the optimism in that miserable greatness? Where is the hope for the future if moral bankruptcy, selfishness, confusion, stupidity, deviancy and failure are “great”?

This is why I’m surprised liberals are still out burning American flags. What are they upset about? This country has been reshaped in their image. They won the culture, the government, academia, the media, even the churches. This is their America. They own it. Yet they aren’t satisfied because liberalism, like its father Satan, is intent only on destruction and consumption. It will never be satiated.

You might say most of the examples I provided have to do with America’s people, not America herself. But the distinction is irrelevant because a democracy is only as great as its people. Meanwhile, our government is corrupt and feckless, and our political leaders are cowardly and self-serving. Yes, the Constitution is great, but it’s still just a set of laws. If laws are ignored, they might as well not exist. The Bill of Rights can’t make us great if we don’t follow it, just like your running shoes can’t make you fit if you don’t put them on and go for a jog.

So in what way is America great at the moment? Are we a moral beacon for the world now? Where is the rest of the world supposed to locate that shining light of moral clarity? Is it somewhere buried under the dead children and the perversion and the porn and the divorce and the drugs and the disease and the dependency and the Nanny State socialism? What about leadership in government, or education, or the home? Is American culture great in these respect

No, America Is Not a Great Nation. Not anymore.

I dare you to read Matt Walsh’s entire article. Read it completely through and tell me you don’t disagree. This country is slowly being flushed down the crapper. With every flush, we compromise another belief and/or ideal. Like a stone sculptor, decency is being chipped away, slowly, oh so slowly, and then suddenly, we see the finished product and wonder, what happened? How did we get here? What happened?

Like sleep walkers, we are suddenly shaken awake.

We got here by being outraged over the confederate flag. We got here by being distracted by Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. We got here by not paying attention to what our educational system is doing to our children. We got here by being too busy playing with the newest and coolest electronic gadgets. We got here by putting all of our energies and time into being offended by the stupidest, most insignificant things.

It’s like people don’t WANT to really know what’s going on. It’s like people purposefully look the other direction in order NOT to see and/or deal with the bigger issues. Because talking about big changes is too uncomfortable, it’s too hard. And now we’ve reached a point of no return – can you IMAGINE trying to cut benefits to people who now solely rely on the nanny state to take care of them? Can you IMAGINE overhauling an education system so that we get back to teaching children and not indoctrinating children?

We’ve dug our grave, it’s time to lie in it.

Why should we celebrate the mess we created?

I think Matt summarizes this hopelessness best:

Here’s what I do know, and here’s the hopeful part: Our priority has to be our families and our souls. The fate of the country or the globe has not been put entirely, or even mostly, in our individual hands. But we have profound jurisdiction over the fate of our families, the spiritual state of our children, whether our households serve the Lord, and whether we serve the Lord. That’s our hope for the future. Right there.

We can find greatness if we strive for holiness. We have to. We are entering an age where only the great Christians will spiritually survive. It’s a scary time, but if we heed the call to holiness, we can find immense joy. That’s what I want for my children, though I fear for them quite a bit these days. I can’t imagine what this country will look like in 30 or 40 years. Maybe things will have turned around, but honestly I really doubt it. So all I can do is hold them close, try to be a better father to them and a better husband to my wife, and equip them as best I can for what comes next.

I believe strongly that real persecution awaits us down the road. I think my children will face hostility and opposition and maybe even violence on a level I haven’t yet seen. We are heading into very challenging times, but if we keep our families together and our hearts with God, we’ll be OK. No matter what happens, we’ll be OK. And, by extension, if we pour ourselves into our families and into our faith, we might be able to rescue this culture and this country from the clutches of progressive annihilation. It won’t happen quickly, and I don’t know if it will happen at all, but I know there’s a chance. America is not lost completely. Not yet.

So find strength in the Lord. Love your spouse and your children like Christ loves the Church. Be a leader in your home. Be willing to sacrifice everything for your family. Be unwilling to sacrifice your soul for anything. Confront the reality of our current state and accept that you will be asked to endure a lot of pain and persecution. Pray. Remember what America was. Remember who God is. Remember who you are and why you’re here and that you were put here in this time for a reason.

God bless what’s left of America.

And may God have mercy on your soul.

Amen.


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12. विज्ञापन और अरविंद केजरीवाल

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विज्ञापन और अरविंद केजरीवाल

हर रोज कुछ न कुछ आप पार्टी की ओर से सुनने को मिल रहा है कि आप के बहुत से समर्थको का विश्वास डगमगा रहा है … बात ये नही है कि किसी अन्य पार्टी की तरफ ध्यान आकर्षित हुआ है नही … सभी पार्टियां एक ही कैसी है और अब कार्यशैली देखते हुए लग रहा है कि आप भी इसी मे शामिल होती जा रही है …

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नई दिल्ली: दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल फिर विवादों में हैं. इस बार उनकी खिंचाई भ्रष्टाचार के खिलाफ उनके एक टीवी विज्ञापन को लेकर हो रही है. विज्ञापन में मुख्यमंत्री केजरीवाल का महिमामंडन किया गया है जिस पर विपक्ष हमलावर हो गया है. विपक्ष का आरोप है कि विज्ञापन पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आदेश का दिल्ली सरकार ने उल्लंघन किया है.

विपक्ष का जोरदार हमला दिल्ली की केजरीवाल सरकार के टीवी विज्ञापन पर है. इन दिनों भ्रष्टाचार को लेकर दिल्ली सरकार का विज्ञापन टीवी पर जोर-शोर से दिखाया जा रहा है. बीजेपी और कांग्रेस का आरोप है कि विज्ञापन में मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल का चेहरा नहीं दिखाया गया है लेकिन उनका नाम लेकर उन्हें गरीबों के मसीहा के तौर पर पेश किया जा रहा है. विज्ञापन में 9 बार केजरीवाल का नाम लिया गया है. विपक्ष का कहना है कि ये विज्ञापन सुप्रीम कोर्ट के निर्देश के खिलाफ है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अपने आदेश में कहा था कि सरकारी विज्ञापनों पर सिर्फ राष्ट्रपति, सुप्रीम कोर्ट के चीफ जस्टिस और प्रधानमंत्री की फोटो लगी हो और किसी व्यक्ति का महिमामंडन नहीं होना चाहिए.

विज्ञापन का इसलिए भी विरोध हो रहा क्योंकि इसमें इसमें पति को बैठे हुए और महिला को काम करते हुए दिखाया गया है. इसे महिलाओं के अपमान से जोड़कर देखा जा रहा है.

विज्ञापन को लेकर विपक्ष को हो-हंगामे के बाद भी आम आदमी पार्टी को इसमें कुछ भी गलत नजर नहीं आता है.

दिल्ली सरकार के इस विज्ञापन पर आम आदमी पार्टी का कहना है कि इसमें कुछ गलत नहीं है. आशुतोष के मुताबिक, “इस विज्ञापन में केजरीवाल का चेहरा नहीं दिखाया गया है इसलिए इसमें सुप्रीम कोर्ट के आदेश का उल्लंघन नहीं है. आप कुछ भी करती है तो बीजेपी को तकलीफ होती है उन्हें मिर्ची लगती है.  बीजेपी किसी भी हद तक गिर सकती है. उनका बस चले तो पूरे हिंदुस्तान से ये आम आदमी पार्टी को बर्खास्त कर दें.”

बीजेपी के प्रवक्ता जीवीएल नरसिम्हा ने कहा, ”आप सफाईकर्मचारियों को भूखा रखते हैं, उनको सैलरी देन के लिए आपके पैसा नहीं है उसके बाद इस प्रकार घटिया कैंपने के जरिए अपना प्रमोशन करना चाहते हैं ये कहां तक सही है. इनके निकम्मेपन को 100 करोड़ खर्च करके दिखा रही है.”

बीजेपी प्रवक्ता का संवित पात्रा का कहना है, “‘टीवी ऑन करते ही हर दो मिनट  बाद केजरीवाल का गुणगान शुरू हो जाता है. सफाई कर्मचारियों के घर में चुल्हे नहीं जल पा रहे हैं. आप का कहना है कि उनके पास पैसा नहीं है. विज्ञापन पर लाखों खर्च करने वाली पार्टी कहती है कि सफाई कर्मचारियों को देने के लिए पैसा नहीं है. एड में महिला को काम करते हुए दिखाया गया है.”

सरकारी विज्ञापनों के नियमन से जुड़े दिशानिर्देश जारी करते हुए आज सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि इन विज्ञापनों में राष्ट्रपति, प्रधानमंत्री और प्रमुख न्यायाधीश जैसे कुछ ही पदाधिकारियों की तस्वीरें हो सकती हैं.

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नई दिल्ली। दिल्ली के सीएम अरविंद केजरीवाल फिर विवादों में हैं। इस बार एक ‘रिश्वत बंद’ कराने वाले एक विज्ञापन को लेकर उनकी खिंचाई हो रही है जिसमें केजरीवाल का गुणगान किया गया है। इसे लेकर आप के पूर्व नेता ही केजरीवाल पर भड़क उठे हैं। इसके अलावा बीजेपी ने भी इस पर सवाल उठाए हैं।

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विधायकों को 54000 की सैलरी मिलती है। बिजली पानी के लिए महीने का चार हज़ार मिलता है। कोई सरकारी गाड़ी और घर नहीं मिलता। यूपी के एक विधायक ने बताया कि उन्हें 1 लाख रुपये से ज्यादा मिलते हैं। लेकिन विधायकों के वेतन बढ़ाने के प्रस्ताव की कांग्रेस और बीजेपी ने आलोचना की है। कांग्रेस नेता अजय माकन ने कहा है कि ये पार्टी अब आम आदमी की नहीं रही, पांच महीने में इनके विधायक सैलरी बढ़ाने की बात करने लगे हैं।

दिल्ली विधान सभा में नेता विपक्ष विजेंद्र गुप्ता ने कहा है कि अगर सरकार एक रुपये महीना वेतन का प्रस्ताव लाए तो तीन विधायकों का उनका विधायक दल समर्थन करेगा। विजेंद्र गुप्ता जी की भावना का सम्मान करते हुए यह पूछा जाना चाहिए कि वे इस महंगाई में एक रुपये महीने पर कैसे जी सकते हैं। उनकी आय का ज़रिया क्या है। क्या उनके पास इतना पैसा है कि बिना कमाए जी सकते हैं। अगर है तो वे यह तरीका मुझे भी बता दें तो यकीन जानिए ये मेरा आखिरी प्राइम टाइम होगा। मैं सोमवार से काम पर नहीं आऊंगा।

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13. कब छटेंगे बादल

ये मेरी पहली कविता थी.  मन में भाव तो हमेशा ही उमड घुमड कर आते रहते थे पर ये पहली बार थी जब इन विचारों की दिशा मिली …

 

कब छटेंगे बादल

दल में बादल, गहरे बादल, काले बादल
उथले बादल, क्षितिज में विचरते बादल,
पर्वतों के ऊपर छत्र की तरह छाए बादल।

बादल………. दलदल बादल,
आखिर………कब छटेंगे ये बादल
क्या बरसात में ही पैर बढ़ा दूँ मैं……….?
की रूक जाऊँ, ठहर जाऊँ मैं………?
ठहर जाऊँ………..??
जिंदगी वैसे ही है ठहरी,ठहरी
कौंधती बिजली………गर्जते बादल,
हलचल मचा रहे मन में,
अरे! बुलबुले बने, टूटे……..,
देख मन में आस जगी…..
काले घन में भी है बिजली चमकी……..
फिर…….. हे मन, तू क्यों है व्यथित……….
क्यों……… आंखों के आगे काले बादल बैठाए हैं…….
ज़रा अश्रू तो पोंछ, पलक साफ कर…….
देखा………..!! छट गए न बादल………
न बादल, न दल में बादल
पैर बढ़ा, चल मंजिल की ओर……….
ठहरी जिंदगी को दे नया बल……..
दल में बादल…….??
भुज बल में भी तो है आंधी…….
देखा…… छट गए ना बादल……….!!

 

नकारात्मक सोच से शुरु ये कविता आखिरकार सकारात्मकता पर खत्म हुई … आपको कैसी लगी … जरुर बताईएगा :)

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14. Company on the Way

The house is spic and span;
The food is all prepared,
The table set and primed
For good times to be shared.

The only thing to do
Is wait 'til they arrive.
They're somewhere on the road
In the middle of their drive.

The weather gods have smiled;
So far it's looking great.
You might as well relax -
Your guests will like be late.

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15. your bill of writes

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In the spirit of Independence Day, I present to you [cue the fife and drum please] . . .

A Writer’s Bill of Rights

You have the right to observe, but not follow trends.

You have the right to seek a second opinion.

You have the right to ask, “What if?”

You have the right to laugh at your own writing. Hey, if you’re funny, you’re funny.

You have the right to leave your beloved critique group if it’s no longer serving its purpose.

You have the right to say no when a friend of a friend asks for feedback on her 1,000-word non-fiction picture book about the history of toe jam.

You have the right not to feel guilty if someone asks for your honest opinion and doesn’t like your response (assuming you delivered the news graciously).

You have the right to try a new genre.

You have the right to read reviews, even if everyone advises against it. (And you have the right to admit it when everyone was right.)

You have the right to think a certain author or book (or movie based on that book) is lame, even if everyone else thinks it’s the greatest thing since WiFi.

You have the right to love a certain author or book even if no one else does.

You have the right to prefer printed books to e-books (or vice versa).

You have a right to take a break from writing (or the pursuit of publication) if you need to. Plus, you have the right to not feel guilty about it.

You have the right to scrap the whole darn thing and start over.

You have the right not to participate in every form of social or digital media imaginable simply for the purpose of following the crowd.

You have the right to be selective and protective of your time.

You have the right to ignore feedback if it does not ring true to you or serve your story.

You have the right to pass on an opportunity because you know it’s not right for you, even if (and especially if) you’re feeling desperate and needy.

Did I miss any rights? If so, you, my friends, have every right to add more.

Now, go exercise your freedom!

I was intelligent enough to make up my own mind. I not only had freedom of choice, I had freedom of expression. ~  Amy Tan

 


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16. Giveaway: 5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed by Mick O'Shea (US & Canada Only)

5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed

by Mick O’Shea

Release Date: 10/07/2015

 

About the Book


They've toured with One Direction and scored international super-hits in more than 50 countries across the globe but 5 Seconds of Summer are more than just another boy band. Like the guitar gods they worship, Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton play all their own instruments. Having rocketed into our hearts with the infectious pop-punk anthem,'She Looks So Perfect', this cheeky Aussie foursome seems set for a summer that never ends. Filled with more than 50 full-colour photos, this book traces the boys' incredible journey so far from schooldays back in Sydney, Australia, to the release of their all-conquering debut album (5 Seconds of Summer has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies already) and beyond.

With a fun profile devoted to each bandmate, it tells you all you need to know about 5SOS’s unstoppable rise to the top. With details of the first cover songs they ever posted on YouTube and all the gossip from their epic 2013/14 tour with One Direction (the Brit boys have been their friends and mentors from the beginning; naturally 5SOS opened for them on sold-out dates throughout the US and the UK), this is essential reading for all true 5SOSers


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author

Based in London, Mick O'Shea is also the author of Amy Winehouse: A Losing Game, Beyond District 12: The Stars of the Hunger Games and One Direction: No Limits.

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17. हद हो गर्इ

कई बार….  हमारे देश मॆं जिस तरह से भूण हत्याएं हो रही हैं मन विचलित हो जाता है और उसी विचलित मन से बन जाती हैं ऐसी कविता कि हद हो गई … बस बहुत हो गया …

अब बहुत हो गया

बस
अब बहुत हो गया
हद हो गर्इ
टी.वी. हो या समाचार पत्र
कविता प्रतियोगिता हो या राज्यस्तरीय विवाद
पर लगा नहीं पा रहे
भ्रूण हत्या पर लगाम
कह कह कर थक गए हम
पर हम अडि़ग हैं कि
कन्या नही…… कन्या नही
बस चाहिए पुत्र रत्न ही
कोर्इ बात नही

ज्यादा दूर नही है, देख लेंगेें
आज से बीस साल बाद
जब…..
लड़की नही मिलेगी कोर्इ
आपके कुल दीपक से ब्याहने को
आपका वंश चलाने को
ना होगी तब नवरात्रि में कंजको की पूजा
ना होगी पति की लम्बी उम्र के लिए उपवास पूजा
ना छम छम पायल से किसी का घर आँगन चहकेगा
नाना-नानी बनने का शौक अधूरा ही रह जाऐगा
ना रहेगा प्रेम, ना होगी करूणा
क्योंकि यह तो है नारी का गहना
बेबस मन कन्यादान से वंचित रह जाऐगा
हरा भरा घर मकान बन कर ही रह जाऐगा
मनु, इंदिदरा, कल्पना का नाम पन्नों में ही रह जाऐगा
बस……….
कुछ ही सालों की है बात
हैरान, परेशान हताश खुद ही कह उठेंगें आप
कन्या थी अनमोल रत्न
पर तब तक शायद बहुत देर हो चुकी होगी
हमें इन्तज़ार करना होगा
शायद फिर से बीस सालों का
पर तब तक सब कुछ बदल चुका होगा
खामोशी,उदासी, मायूसी का फैल चुका होगा आतंक
तो फिर………..
क्यों हो रही हैं ये भ्रूण हत्याएँ
ठान लो
बस बहुत हो गया
जानते हो
हम भारतवासी……… एक जुट हो क्या है कर सकते
मुसीबत पडने पर दे सकतें हैं जान
चीर सकतें हैं धरती की छाती
उधेड़ सकतें हैं पहाड़ों का सीना
जब ला सकतें हैं हरियाली बंजर धरा पर
फिर क्यों है रोक कलियों के प्रस्फुटन पर
चलिए लें संकल्प
आज, अभी, यहीं
भ्रूण हत्या पर लगाए
कस कर लगाम सभी
मत ड़गमगाने दें भारत का आधार
नर और नारी से ही है हमारा घर संसार
उठो, जागो, चलो
बनाए संसार में भारत की अलग पहचान
ताकि फिर से ना पड़े कहना कि…….
मोनिका, अब बहुत हो गया
हद हो गर्इ

कैसी लगी आपको ये कविता … जरुर बताईगा…

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18. Giveaway: Siren's Fury by Mary Weber (US Only)

Siren’s Fury

by Mary Weber

Release Date: June 2, 2015

 

About the Book


“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”


Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.


Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.



About the Author


Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives.   
                                                                               
In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. 


Learn more Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 


Giveaway Details

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2 winners will each receive 1 small set of Jamberry Nail wraps good for one mani and 1 copy of Siren’s Fury. US only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: If you lost your Elemental power (power to control weather), what superpower would you want to replace them?

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19. Jiggety jig

Oh, guys, I have GOT to get caught up. Here I’ve been back from the Deep Valley Homecoming since TUESDAY and haven’t written about it. And now Comic-Con is peering around the corner in the most alarming way! Next week! Good heavens! Or O di immortales, I should say—not yet having mentally emerged from Betsy-Tacy land.

I had such a wonderful time visiting the houses and connecting with members of the B-T crowd. (The Crowd, capital C, you say if you’ve read the books.) I thoroughly enjoyed the children’s author panel on Sunday, answering questions with fellow writers Pat Bauer and Eileen Beha; and my talk about the Betsy-Tacy publishing history went very well. Plus I got to hear the inestimable Kathy Baxter speak—she’s captivating.

This is how I feel whenever I'm with Kathy. Photo by Margaret Berns.

This is how I feel whenever I’m with Kathy. Photo by Margaret Berns in 2010.

Of course I had to reread as many of the Tomes as possible before and during the trip. Began with the high-school books this time around and made it through Betsy’s Wedding. Actually, I read Wedding twice—I always skip ahead to it straight from Betsy and Joe. I read Betsy and the Great World on the plane ride home and then tore through Betsy’s Wedding a second time that evening, happily back in my own bed.

I swear my children gained multiple inches during the three nights I was away.

Our author panel made the front page of the Minnesota Free Press:

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I have yet to see a panel photo of myself in which I’m not making a goofy face. And if you tied my hands I’m not sure I could speak…

Discussing our writing processes at Deep Valley Homecoming. Photo swiped from Nancy Piccone, with thanks!

Discussing our writing processes at Deep Valley Homecoming. Photo swiped from Nancy Piccione, with thanks!

I’m not doing justice to the Homecoming with this hasty post—I so enjoyed all the other talks and made some wonderful new friends. And on my first evening in Mankato, of course I had to walk all over town past Betsy and Tacy’s bench and Tib’s chocolate-colored house and Carney’s sleeping porch and Lincoln Park and the Carnegie Library, trying not to make a whole nother series of goofy faces. I am 100% fangirl at heart.

Major props to Julie Schrader and the rest of the organizers for hosting a perfectly marvelous event.

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20. Free First 5 Pages Workshop is Now Closed

Hi Everyone,

Sorry but the Free First Five Pages Workshop is now closed. Once again, we filled up in under a minute! I will email the participants that made it into the workshop today. If you don't hear from me, I'm sorry but you didn't get in this month. Please try again next month!

Erin

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21. Giveaway: The Princess & the Pony by Kate Beaton (US Only)

THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY

by Kate Beaton

In stores June 30th

 

About the Book


Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...
 
From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics which began as a webcomic in 2007. The Princess and the Pony is her first picture book. She is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Comics Anthology. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her online at www.beatontown.com and on Twitter as @beatonna.

Learn more Scholastic | Twitter | Website | #PonyTime
 

 


Giveaway Details

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SMALL, FAT, AND MIGHTY prize pack
One (1) winner receives:
·             A copy of The Princess and the Pony;
·             Plus a Kate Beaton-designed Pony t-shirt and “Small Fat and Mighty” coffee mug.


Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What do you think of the cover & synopsis?

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22. Free Book Trailers

YouTube has a free video editor you can use to make your book trailer.

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2015/05/25/authors-can-make-book-trailers-with-youtubes-free-editor/

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23. Emotional Wounds Thesaurus: Making a Very Public Mistake

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge.

Characters, like real people, are unique, and will respond to wounding events differently. The vast array of possible emotional wounds combined with each character’s personality gives you many options in terms of how your character will turn out. With the right amount of exploration, you should be able to come up with a character whose past appropriately affects her present, resulting in a realistic character that will ring true with readers. Understanding what wounds a protagonist bears will also help you plot out her arc, creating a compelling journey of change that will satisfy readers.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. Please know that it is never our intent to create emotional turmoil. We also recognize that an event that is traumatizing for one person may have only a passing impact on someone else. Emotional wounds affect people differently, so we have tried to include many possible outcomes, to give writers many options to choose from. Above all, please know that we desire to treat these wounds and those who have lived through them with the utmost respect. 

5496629643_fe10542e9f_zExamples: Public mistakes are nothing new and have been happening as long as we all can remember. Luckily, they’re soon forgotten—at least, they used to be. In today’s technologically-advanced world, public mistakes are often recorded for posterity—on YouTube, Facebook, and even on websites set up with the express purpose of never letting anyone forget. This kind of reminder makes it even more difficult to move on after an embarrassing gaffe, such as one of the following:

  • Backing a cause or organization that turns out to be fraudulent
  • Getting caught having an affair
  • Getting caught in a public lie
  • Getting arrested
  • Being overheard saying something one would like to keep private 
  • Losing one’s temper
  • Making comments one later regrets
  • Getting drunk and acting inappropriately
  • Flubbing one’s lines during a performance
  • Literally “dropping the ball” during a sporting event
  • Experiencing a true wardrobe malfunction
  • Making public claims that one is unable to follow through on
  • Being responsible for a high-profile project or product that either fails or falls short of expectations
  • Saying something that makes one look stupid or ignorant
  • Making an accusation that turns out to be unfounded
  • Accidentally sending an inflammatory email or phone message to a large group of people instead of just one person

Basic Needs Often Compromised By This Wound: love and belonging, esteem and recognition, self-actualization

False Beliefs That May Be Embraced As a Result of This Wound:

  • This is all people will ever remember about me.
  • No one is ever going to let me forget what I did.
  • I can’t be trusted not to screw up.
  • I’m terrible under pressure.
  • I’m unreliable.
  • I’m always going to fail.
  • If I get in front of an audience, I’m going to mess things up.

Positive Attributes That May Result: ambitious, cautious, discreet, humble, merciful, private, proactive, responsible, tolerant 

Negative Traits That May Result: defensive, evasive, inhibited, insecure, irresponsible, perfectionist, pessimistic, rebellious, resentful, self-destructive, timid, withdrawn, worrywart

Resulting Fears: 

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of speaking/performing in public
  • Fear of letting others down
  • Fear of tarnishing one’s reputation

Possible Habits That May Emerge: 

  • Shying away from ambitious or challenging opportunities
  • Becoming very private and withdrawn
  • Becoming overly cautious or even obsessive-compulsive in an effort to avoid the same kind of mistake (obsessively checking one’s work for errors, over-planning, etc.)
  • Doubting one’s abilities
  • Not doing anything without a partner; relying too much on others and not enough on oneself
  • Avoiding social networking platforms where one might be reminded of one’s past mistake
  • Becoming highly ambitious or driven in an attempt to overcome one’s mistake
  • Avoiding the venue that was the cause of the public humiliation (public speaking, online interviews, debates, etc.)
  • Giving up one’s career for one that is lower profile
  • Going into hiding (becoming reclusive, moving to a new place, changing one’s name, etc.)
  • Embracing the false perception caused by one’s mistake (becoming promiscuous, flaky, irresponsible, etc.); living up to low expectations

TIP: If you need help understanding the impact of these factors, please read our introductory post on the Emotional Wound Thesaurus.

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24. Happy 4th of July!




"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves." - 
Abraham Lincoln


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Best wishes,
Donna M. McDine
Multi Award-winning Children's Author



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25. 4 star review of Detour Trail (link)

 Brand new Detour Trail review: http://juliesbookreview.blogspot.com/

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