I was pleased to attend the authors’ discussion and book signing at Auburn Avenue Research library. This Alien Encounters topic was “Beyond Twilight and Harry Potter: Speculative Fiction for Young Adults of Color.” The dicussion was timely, interesting, and important. I’m sad that I missed the other sessions, I was knee deep in finishing Breaking Free. Sadness. But what I heard at this panel was awesome.
During my middle to high school years when I had time to read voraciously, I couldn’t get enough of those slender paperback Harlequins. My older sister and I would go to the library on a weekly basis and check out a bag full. We’d stay up most of the night trying to finish one of those treasures and had a hard time getting up for school in the morning.
People know how wild my imagination can get. So it’s no suprise when I say that I’ve been having an unusual amount of fear, trepidation, and weirded out dreams when I think about getting a mammogram. I try to conquer my fear by tapping into my Marine experience but then my mind realizes that most Marines are men and men don’t take Mammograms! Back to that crazy fear again.