Suggestion Saturday: September 13, 2014

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

Writing About Sex via RoseW007.  I’d love to hear my reader’s thoughts on this topic. Is writing stories about sex more controversial than writing about violence in your social circles?

Curiosity. Fear. Love.  Sometimes I share links here that work better if you click on them without any preconceived ideas about what they might be about. This is one of them.

Workhouse Inmates, A Personal Story via LizanneLloyd. This is one of my favourite kinds of history.

In Defense of Lying. I’m curious to hear what my readers think of white lies.

Always Use Protection via StephNeighbour. There are some people in this world who live out their entire lives based on their fear of what others would think of them. Steph’s approach to them is absolutely perfect.

From Growing Up in Therapy:

My parents are getting worried. It’s hard enough to have a child, much less a child who demands to inspect our groceries and medicines for evidence that their protective seals have been tampered with. I have only the vaguest memory of a life before fear. Every morning when I wake up, there is one blissful second before I look around the room and remember my many terrors.


I don’t normally recommend short stories as my book of the week, but The Lady Astronaut of Mars blew me away.

Imagine being one of the first colonists to move to Mars. You’d see so many exciting changes over the years as humanity adjusted to the idea of seeking out new planets to colonize. It’s hard to discuss the plot in any greater detail than that without giving away spoilers, but I strongly recommend giving it a try to anyone who has a dollar to spare and 20 minutes to sit down and read something wonderful.

This is the kind of story that I find impossible to to put down. While I was immersed in it I actually felt as if I’d stepped into the mindset and body of the main character. It was incredible.

What have you been reading?

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