Thursday, September 11, 2014

So... I'm writing another book.

 I mention it to ask about ARCs.  If anyone is interested in reading a MC/IR romance/suspense-ish that kinda reads a bit more like literary fiction with an erotic undercurrent or something it's-hard-to-describe-your-own-book... Let me know.  First three comers will be accepted, apologies to all else.  The book should be ready to send out sometime late in November, maybe December, and I would appreciate honest reviews published on blogs, amazon, goodreads, etc.

The all too brief summary I have up right now is: When her brother is murdered, successful but spiritually starved film-maker Imani returns home for the first time in years, determined to uncover the truth. The prime suspect is her brother's best friend, and Imani's first love--Roman O'Malley, a contender for UFC heavy weight champion. Is it possible to right the wrongs of the past?  Doesn't quite do it justice, but it fits for an informal intro.

Head's up: if you are not comfortable with epic love stories filled with angst, heavy sociopolitical commentary, character deaths, or MC/IR romance in general, this is not a good fit for you.  I would love someone who is interested in all of the above to get a look, though.

Please email jorjatabu@gmail.com if you're interested--


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Update: Activism and also, I am Crazypants with Ambitions

So, I have lost my mind again and am committing to a ridiculous, unrewarding task that is sure to end in tears and (probably) bloodshed: I started a blog that will have an episode by episode feminist critique of the show Supernatural.

Also, since if you're going to commit to insanity you should just go whole hog, I'm reviewing Horror movies on another new blog with my lady eyeballs here.  I can't help it.  This probably should've been the blog I started in the beginning, but, hey, live and learnmake stupid mistakes and live again.

Also also: this was in my inbox, I apologize for the late notice, and please forward accordingly:

A Training for Advocates and Protective Mothers
Friday, May 9th, 10am to 4pm
George Washington University Law School
Moot Court Room 101, Lerner Hall, 20th and H Streets
2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
The NCADV and Battered Mothers Custody Conference will sponsor an advocate training designed to help protective mothers.  The training will occur on Friday, May 9 at George Washington University Law School from 10 AM-4 PM.  The law school is located at 20th and H St. NW in Washington, DC.  This is a critical issue to the battered women's movement because the success of abusers in manipulating the custody courts to regain control over their victims has undermined our work to prevent DV and reversed the downward trend for DV homicides.  We are excited that new research, especially the ACE research and Saunders' study is now available to help reverse the disturbing trends in the custody courts' response to DV.

During the morning session, Barry Goldstein will share information about current scientific research that demonstrates the enormous health risks to children exposed to DV and how the inadequate training and other flaws in the courts' response to complaints about DV and direct child abuse frequently result in courts disbelieving or minimizing true allegations of abuse.  Rita Smith will discuss the best ways for advocates to help protective mothers facing common abuser custody tactics.  Kathleen Russell will offer ideas for informing the community about the failure to protect children in DV custody cases and the best ways to seek the needed reforms.

The afternoon session will provide advocates with training to obtain certification as an expert witness in DV. Although the courts have tended to look to mental health professionals for DV expertise, which is one of the reasons they get so many cases wrong, the Saunders' study from the US Dept. of Justice confirmed what should be obvious that DV advocates have exactly the training and experience in DV that courts need to recognize and respond effectively to DV custody cases.  Advocates will learn the requirements to be qualified as an expert witness, how to answer questions from supportive and hostile attorneys, current research that can support protective moms and the importance of the experience advocates already possess.  Training of advocates to be expert witnesses will give protective mothers access to genuine DV experts and help educate court professionals about information that is critical to protecting children.

The training is free and advocates can participate in all or part of the training.  There is a $10 fee for the certificate from the NCADV and BMCC.  For more information check out the BMCC web site at http://www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org/training_will_focus_on_subst.htm.   

Please register so that we have an idea how many advocates will be attending.   

Any questions can be directed to Barry Goldstein at Barryg78@aol.com   

The training is part of a group of activities that include the Battered Mother's Custody Conferenceon Saturday the 10th, rallies on Mothers' Day the 11th and a Congressional Briefing and lobbying on Monday the 11th. 









Saturday, April 5, 2014

SOMEBODY BRING SEXY BACK!

QUICK!  THIS IS AN EMERGENCY!


Ah.  Thank you.
At some point, I'm going to have to write about Hannibal, the bizarro reboot of the Thomas Harris's Silence of the Lambs-verse (or what-have-you).  It is some thrilling horror.

But for now, I am just completely stoked that my crush on Mads Mikkeleon is finally able to manifest in a serial way.  Pun not actually intended, but, there ya go.


Friday, March 21, 2014

So. About that.

I'm working on some stuff.  Writing, ugh, what can I say--I just can't seem to quit.  Even when I swear I will.

Ugh.  La vie d'artiste.  Or something.


I wish I looked that elegant when I'm complaining, but my life is not actually a jersey-swathed pile of pearlescent swoonage.  I look a little bit more like this:

There.  Much more accurate.

Anyway.  I hope everyone in Internet has been feeling good and being bad.  It's a funky time of year.  I always think of February as the Dream Quest season, for better or worse; I'm always visited by my best and worst intentions in that rainy, dreary month.  It's a month full of personal wonders for me, too, but it always has a couple dark moments.

Anyway again.  I'm going to crawl back to Internet more regularly, which I cannot quit any more than I can quit writing.  Not permanently, anyway.

Aloha, imaginary friends--


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Another head's up: Military Justice Improvement Act

 

Please forward far and wide

The Gillibrand bill is slated to be on the Senate floor next week.  Please contact your senators and remind them to support Gillibrand's Military Justice Improvement Act and join in the twitter storm tomorrow.

On Thursday, February 6 from 12:30-1 pm ET, Senator Gillibrand will be hosting a Twitter storm to raise awareness about military sexual violence and why we need to #PassMJIA. More information is listed below: 

WHAT: Military Justice Improvement Act Twitter Storm

WHEN: Thursday, February 6, 12:30pm-1pm ET

WHO: Senator Gillibrand, allied organizations, survivors, Senate supporters, others who support the bill

Sample tweet:
Survivors of military sexual assault deserve specialized prosecutors & protection from retaliation! #PassMJIA

Additional tweet messages can be found in this media toolkit - focusing on the Gillibrand bill - from NOW's One Billion Rising action kit: http://www.now.org/issues/violence/NOWOBRsocialmediakit.pdf

Baucus, Max - (D - MT)
511 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


530 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
www.whitehouse.Senate.gov/contact/Twitter: @SenWhitehouse


Barrasso, John - (R - WY)                 
307 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Coburn, Tom - (R - OK)    
172 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Cochran, Thad - (R - MS)                   
113 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Hatch, Orrin G. - (R - UT)                    
104 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Johnson, Ron - (R - WI)                                                
328 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Lee, Mike - (R - UT)                             
316 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

McConnell, Mitch - (R - KY)              
317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Moran, Jerry - (R - KS)                        
361A Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Rubio, Marco - (R - FL)                   
284 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Toomey, Patrick J. - (R - PA)        
248 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510


Warner, Mark - (D-VA)
457 Russell Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I am not one of the Cool Kids.

After looking back on 2013 (and 2012, and even 2011), I think it's safe to just make peace with the fact that I am not an easy sell.

It was a rough year, personally, and that judgment doesn't include any elements from the insane year previous when a) my crazy move was initiated and b) I almost died again (so lame) and c) Family Problems occurred.  It doesn't include 2011, which was another mega-hit that also included both some of the aforementioned Family Problems--now that I think about it, strangely enough, every year contains some Family Problems--while wrapping up grad school, taking a national board exam on which my entire career relied, and living somewhere I hated with no end in sight (this culminated, of course, with 2013, The Year of Moving).

My primary distraction from actual life these last couple years--as much as was possible to indulge it--was writing and publishing my books.  And looking back on them, I'm definitely proud of that accomplishment.  I feel good about several parts of several of my books, which time has shown is as happy as I can be with anything I've made.  But... I don't know.  It's a bit lonely out there in the world.

<Whine>: I'm kind of tired of reaching out to other writers at the moment, with some very poignant and important exceptions (hi guys!).  I understand the resistance to connect; I'm not suited right, I don't care about the things I probably should in order to be Successful, I'm weird.  This is all true in real life, of course, but that hasn't stopped me from being able to connect with people.  At all.  It usually ensures it--I'm not intimidating in any way, shape or form, and chances are good I will like you.  Whoever you are.  I get along.  Yanno.

But the world of indie romance writers... Or is it indie writers?  Or is it MC romance writers, or indie MC romance writers or romance or... Fuck it.  I don't know.  Whatever the club is, I haven't been invited.

All this to say that I am officially taking a break from a couple things as of right now:

  •  writing romance novels for a while.  It is a fun, beautiful genre, and I want to continue exploring the feminist possibilities within it but... Not right now.  
  • participating in online forums of any kind.  I don't do a lot of that, but as of right now I'm pau.
  • commenting (doesn't mean I'm not reading!  I am, just in the odd burst here and there instead of regularly)
  • blogging regularly
  • and trying regularly.  Over it.
There are some amazing people I met online in 2013/2012 that I definitely want to stay in touch with, but yeah... If this was high school, and my tentative attempts to meet people felt this generally stone cold in return, things would have sucked hard.  So fuck it.  2014 is a new year, and I'm going to try and live most of it offline and surrounded by the interesting, positive people already present in my life.

</whine>

So.  2014.  I will be writing about whatever whenever and publishing some of it this year.  Got some house-cleaning to do.

And also, I want to chill.  Seriously, deeply, devotedly chill.  Even though I am apparently not palatable as a marketing asset to other writers (and who knows why, because I am like, amazing at marketing myself) (jk) (/sarcasm) and I have a massive fan base that will be sorely disappointed (I'm truly sorry to the three russians who read this blog, truly, truly sorry), I think things will largely continue as status quo.

Okay.... Except not at all.  Because of that last bit, about wanting to chill: a new status quo of chilling out will be in effect, instead of stressing the fuck out all the time about everything ever.  I love you, Internet, and I am still a rabid fan of all the writers who are cooler than me, but considering your contributions to the latter, I will be chilling without you.  For at least a little while.

It's good to understand who you are and where you stand in the scheme of things, even if it stings a little to learn who/where that is.  Humility doesn't feel good in the short term.  I'm hoping I have more to be proud of at the end of 2014 and fewer memories of feeling like crap.  Somehow, I suspect the correlation between the two to be statistically significant.

I hope everyone out there has a completely amazing year, full of dangerously sexy adventures and powerful revelations and whimsical bursts of empowerment.  Here's to us!  We can totally do this.

Good luck.


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Survey on Violence and Abuse in Juvenile Immigrants ~PLEASE FORWARD~

SURVEY: Transitional and Public/Assisted Housing Experiences of Immigrants

DEADLINE:  Thursday, December 12th at midnight.  Please forward widely!
Super late with this, as I have been pretending to forget about Internet.  But if this applies to you or if you know anyone to whom it would, please forward.



Dear Ally:

In your work with immigrant survivors of violence, we know you have first-hand knowledge of the importance of access to transitional and public/assisted housing. We are seeking your assistance in learning more about the problems immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and abused, abandoned and run away children have in accessing transitional housing and public and assisted housing by completing a two-part survey by Thursday, December 12th.

Since 2001, undocumented immigrants who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, or runaway, abused or abandoned children have been eligible as a matter of law to access transitional housing. The first goal of this survey is to learn the extent to which immigrant crime victims have been successful or have encountered barriers that impede their access to transitional housing. This survey, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/immigrants-and-transitional-housing, should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Our second goal is to learn the extent to which battered immigrant VAWA self-petitioners and their children have been able to access public and assisted housing.  In 1996 immigration and benefits laws made VAWA self-petitioners who received prima facie determinations "qualified immigrants," eligible to live in public and assisted housing units and to receive subsidies on their own behalf in addition to what their citizen children may qualify for. To qualify the victim must remove the perpetrator from the public or assisted housing unit and have the unit transferred to their or their child's name. This survey is designed to learn the extent to which battered immigrant VAWA self-petitioners have been able to access these important benefits and how not having access to public or assisted housing for themselves in addition to their children affects the lives and safety of battered immigrants and their children. It is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/immigrants-and-public-assisted-housing and is about half as long as the first part.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this survey and forwarding it to other service providers. We will distribute the results widely: to you, your organization, and to government agencies. The knowledge we gain from this survey, regarding how delays in access to work authorization affect immigrant victims and their children, will assist police, prosecutors, attorneys, and advocates working with immigrant victims to improve safety, legal protections and case planning.

Sincerely,
Leslye Orloff, Director
National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app)  
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW · Room 465 · Washington, DC 20016-8181

For technical assistance, call NIWAP at 202-274-4457 or email niwap@wcl.american.edu.
Training: www.niwap.org/training; Directory of Service Providers: www.niwap.org/directory