Showing posts from October, 2015

BRCA Genetic Testing: My Experience with the Ups and Downs of Waiting for Results

As a note up front: I eventually found out that I tested negative. I am posting this because while I went through this, I wanted as much information as I could find about the testing process. Not all testing is done in the same way, but I give you my experience in case you are interested. If you do test positive, search around and you will find some great blogs that detail everything certain women have been through. Information is power.

This is one of those posts you debate with yourself about putting out there, but today I decided that I would go ahead and share my experience with you simply because I was desperate for information when my doctor told me I needed to have the BRCA genetic test.

Back in August, I went for my usual yearly exam, and while filling out the usual paperwork, I noticed that my doctor's office had added a new information gathering sheet. The form asked for information about family history of cancer, and some of the questions were really specific--especiall…

A short vent about holiday music....followed by my great day at the UNITY summit!

I've been doing a lot of driving lately, and usually I plug my phone into the USB port on my car stereo and amuse myself with podcasts. But, sadly, there is something wrong with said USB port, so I have been listening to the radio lately...and there is at least one station playing Christmas music. People. It is only October. This is just sad.

Anyway, I just felt the need to vent, but I will leave it there and get on with the update. Because I am not going to waste a post on holiday music.

On Friday, I attended UNITY: Journalists for Diversity's regional media summit ("Empowering the Southern Narrative"). I had an amazing time and learned so much, and it was great to be surrounded by so many voices and experiences. I listened to Willoughby Mariano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution speak about investigative reporting she did that led to massive community change, and I sat in on former CNN Chief Diversity Advisor Johnita Due's keynote speech about cultivating and …

The Best Books I've Read This Year (so far...)

I have read a lot this year. Yes, I read a lot every year, but I have been a VERY active reader over the last few months. At some point before New Year's Eve, I will put up a favorites list, but I thought I would let you know about some of the best books I've read so far.

A Tale for the Time Being: Oh, wow. I really can't say enough good things about this book. It might end up being my favorite for the year. I felt like this book came along at just the right time. Here is the Amazon description: “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and every one of us who is, or was, or ever will be.”
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.
Across the Pacifi…

Moonlight and Magnolias: A Great Regional RWA Conference!

Hi, everyone. I have not had a chance to update the blog because so much has been going on. I went to Moonlight and Magnolias in Atlanta from Oct. 1-4. This is a regional conference put on by the Georgia Romance Writers chapter of Romance Writers of America. It was a great conference, and I learned so much! I went to sessions on plot and character development, and I attended Candace Haven's three-hour class titled "Fast Draft and Revision Hell." It was intense, but I learned more than I could have imagined. I may even sign up for her online class.

On Saturday, things got a little crazy for me. I went to one session about character development, but I missed most of another session on using humor in writing, because I had to make a phone call to my cousin (he's in the Army, and it was his birthday).   :)

We had a nice lunch with our keynote speaker, Chris Marie Green. But during the lunch, I received a text from my mother saying that my grandma was in the hospital...wh…