Suggestion Saturday: August 9, 2014

Here is this week’s list of blog posts, short stories, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.

The Envelope via iamwidowbabe. What amazed me the most about this link was how easy it was for me to slip into the perspective of this blogger even though I have no experience with this kind of grief.

Why I Don’t Follow You on Twitter via Jessica West. I agree 100%.

Hello, I Am a Bear. If you love Choose Your Own Adventure stories, don’t skip this link.

Your Five a Day Should Include Failure via thathappygal. Wow, this is tough advice to take. I don’t think anyone enjoys failure. It does make me want to take more risks with my writing and life though.

The League of Vile but Witty Literary Reviews. This is one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time.

From Ten Days’ Grace:

Falling pregnant with Lily had been her first infraction against the Spousal Laws. Like homosexuality and abortion, single parenthood had been illegal ever since the National Family Party came to power nearly three decades ago. As soon as the cause of Julia’s sudden nausea was correctly diagnosed, she’d been brought before the Bureau and called to account for the genesis of her not–allowed–to–be–illegitimate offspring.

From The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker:

But the reality is women with money will do what they did pre-Roe: Their expensive private doctors will counsel them on exactly the right words to use about mental trauma and suicidal tendencies so that the hospital board will rule the termination of their pregnancy a medical necessity. But the women who come to this clinic are often poor women of color who can’t afford to go outside the state and who can’t afford the expensive consultations on just the right words to say.

I was so mesmerized by The Bear that I read it in one day.

Imagine a five-year-old girl and her (almost) three- year-old brother trying to survive in the wilderness after their parents are killed by a bear in the middle of what should have been a routine camping trip. My family spent a lot of time camping when my siblings were in that age range. All of my memories of those trips are good ones, but I was reminded of how much small children don’t know as I read this book.

Anna, the narrator, had lead a happy, sheltered life. Seeing such a horrific series of events through her eyes softened scenes that would have otherwise been too gory or scary for me, although I do want to warn my readers that some of what she experiences is pretty terrifying.

If you can handle the thought of two young kids being in horrible danger, though, I highly recommend checking this story out. It was excellent!

What have you been reading?

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