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Thursday, February 07, 2019

In addition to people/organizations linked in the post for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are some folks you can support.
  • womanistgamergirl, who's have a hard time about now and needs quite a bit of help.
  • be steadwell, a musician/filmmaker whose body of work is mainly about the ups and downs of queer love. Seriously, if you've been looking for woman-loving-women to follow, I highly recommend her work.
  • The Art Shop of Shasta M.D., I will have to buy some of that beautiful art.

© 2019 by cheerfuloptimistic

Monday, January 21, 2019

In Honor Of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

First, if you haven’t read Letter From A Birmingham Jail or The Role of the Behavioral Scientist in the Civil Rights Movement, you should.

And here are some organizations and people you can support.

They work to stop racist violence and injustices against black people.

A womanist author who talks extensively about black womanhood, feminism, intersectionality, and similar issues.

As the name implies, this writer has a lot to say about everything from urban fantasy, comic books, fanfiction, old radio programs, and more.

A media critic that talks about diversity in media and racism in fandom.

Here are even more resources.

Exactly what it says. This will help you find black owned businesses near you.

If you want to know how to write black (or other non-white) characters without being racist, this is the place to go.

© 2019 by cheerfuloptimistic

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

I'm (Tentatively) Back

Hey there, folks. How have you been?

Mental health problems are still ongoing, but I'm doing OK overall.

I want to get back in blogging and making online friends. I've spent a lot of time on Tumblr over the last year, but for multiple reasons, I'd like to not post the bulk of my work there.

So anyway, I should see you folks soon.

© 2019 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Reflections on my current life

 A lot has changed for me in the last three years.

When I say my views have changed, I'm not kidding. I've gone from a conservative Christian to the kind of leftist SJW I would have complained about a few years ago.

But I think that's a good thing. I have more healthy outlets for all for wild feelings and a more compassionate outlook, and I've been able to work through some things I couldn't before.

As for specific years, 2015 and 2016 were largely about me learning more about myself, specifically about my mental illness (hey, did you know having a half dozen disorders isn't uncommon?) and that I'm queer*. 2017 was about learning to be healthy. I expect 2018 will involve a lot of hard changes, but I'll be much happier once they go into effect.

I'm still recovering from a breakdown I had at the end of 2016, but I finally feel like I'm not struggling to keep my head above water. And part of that means I'm slowly getting back into writing.

So, let's do this.

*Because I want to talk more about this, and I have a less-than-accepting relative who doesn't know about it in my circles, I've changed my URL and I won't be posting links to this site on Google+ for a while.

© 2018 by M.R.R.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Some of what's happening in this

1. Net Neutrality is under attack again.
You can read about it here, here, and here.

There is a petition here, and further suggestions here.

Part of me thinks with big companies like Google backing net neutrality, we'll be fine. But with the current people in charge of the government, I can't be sure.

2. A women was sent to court for laughing at Jeff Sessions. No, that is not an exaggeration or a joke.

3. Healthcare is still at risk.

4. Our country's evil leader signed an executive order protecting "religious freedom" (meaning the ability to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people, because he has made it clear he doesn't care about Muslims  being safe and his talk about reducing antisemitism is lip service) and the ACLU is suing him.

5. Not only does Flint still not have clean water, they're being forced to pay for contaminated water.

© 2017 by M.R.R.