Calling Bull on Service Trips

I read an article last week that made me really uncomfortable. Because, dang it, I fall right into the population that the article is calling out.

In her December 2015 article 7 Reasons Why Your Two Week Trip To Haiti Doesn’t Matter: Calling Bull on “Service Trips”, Michelle Lynn Stayton points out that “helping” isn’t synonymous with long-term solutions to the problems that local populaces are facing. And that wanting to help isn’t the same as actually helping. And that spending a buttload of money to travel to somewhere new and exciting under the guise of “service” is a load of self-aggrandizing hooey.

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Calling Bull on Service Trips
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Superhero Faith Zepher Herbert

CN: Body Image, Fat shaming

I stopped by Dreamer’s Cards and Games in St. Louis Park last weekend. Cute little store: Tiny selection of comics and games, pretty large selection of Magic cards, and half the store dedicated to a playing area. I was browsing their comics selection and my gaze snagged on…wait…is that a FAT FLYING HAPPY-LOOKING FEMALE SUPERHERO!?

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Superhero Faith Zepher Herbert

Political Correctness Is Not The Issue

CN: Donald Trump (because I’m giving him his own content note), political rant

I have NPR radio call-in outrage again.

It was a political story, and the caller didn’t say anything new. Maybe it was the way the host introduced the self-identified Republican by thanking him for his bravery for calling into public radio (WTF? – don’t encourage that tribalistic BS), maybe it was the verbal swagger of the guy as he ‘splained stuff to us “pretty leftish” listeners. Continue reading “Political Correctness Is Not The Issue”

Political Correctness Is Not The Issue

New Fiction: Career Change

CN: Torture, Colonization

I am so tired, but I roll my shoulders and re- focus on the task. I got this.

It’s my fault. I was the one who decided that reading until I got sleepy would be the answer to last night’s restlessness. That never works; I just stay up late reading. Maybe I should grab a protocol manual next time. That should do the trick. Continue reading “New Fiction: Career Change”

New Fiction: Career Change

Yay All of You!

So it’s pretty exciting to hit 100% of your first Kickstarter goal within two days of launching.

We’ve reached $5,245 and 146 backers! Thank you to everyone who’s donated. And an equally big thanks to everyone who likes the potential that they see in The Orbit and who’s shared the news of our launch. This is amazing.

Of course, we’ve 29 days left to continue fundraising and reach our stretch goals 😀

First Stretch Goal: $8,000 – An online conference dedicated to the topics we cover. We know you can’t always come see us when we talk, so we’ll bring the talks and panels to you.

Second Stretch Goal: $10,000 – An ebook compilation of some of the best writing The Orbit’s authors have to offer.

Third Stretch Goal: $14,000 – This is the level where we bring in a designer to help make the reader experience at The Orbit the best it can be. We’re pretty happy with what we’ve done in house, but professionals are professional for a reason.

Thank you Thank you Thank you

Yay All of You!

Oh…hello!

Wanders in, looks around. Reaches out an index finger and pokes the new walls and the neat blue logo. Giggles and shuffles through the list of bloggers; Much writers. Very talent. Wow. Pulls up the Mission Statement and finds herself nodding emphatically as she reads along, even though she’s seen it many times before today. Skims by the Tech Issues tab, glad it’s there but hopes that it won’t have to be used to excess. Thinks to herself, “This is going to be gooooood.”

A black and white self-portrait of moi, holding a napkin with the words "Hello Orbit! Good to be here!" scrawled on it. Oh and a stick figure shouting "Yay!"

Oh…hello!

Caucus Was Hell

CN: Photos and descriptions of crowds and close quarters

I get a special giddy excitement from large crowds, but I’m weird that way. Caucus was a big circus for me. Except for that one length of hallway where we were stuck for about 15 minutes and I couldn’t get any phone reception.

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Caucus Was Hell