Lady DT
So I've never been the biggest fan of the military. As a teenager I was against the war in Iraq, but I never really thought too much about the military. A guy I was crushing on was planning on going in and me being all Bella-like was prepared to be a military wife. So no at that point I didn't really have anything against going into the military.

But the events of the past few years plus my self learning into how black Americans are treated in this country have really made me gain more of an opinion on this topic. I was reading a post on FB about a black woman that supposedly committed suicide while enlisted. But it all the clues didn't add up. She may or may not have been murdered. But the military, the people she was basically giving her life for closed the case. They agreed with the coroner.

Now some you may know that my boyfriend has been planning to enlist in the National Guard. When he told me I was afraid. I didn't want him to go because I didn't want to lose him. At that point I wasn't necessarily thinking about the fact that he would be a black man in the military. But as I got home and processed it more I started to ruminate. You would have to be under the deepest rock in the sea to not notice at how many black people are being killed in America. It's not just black men though they are more visible. I don't understand why as a black person you would enlist in a army to defend a country that does not care about you. I just don't. I'm sure we as black people feel patriotic just like everyone else. But for me that does not extend to my life on the line for a country that would spit on my grave. Just no.

One of my LJ friends asked me to post the story I sent to my boyfriend. It's a very short story but it seems up what I wrote above in a fictional way.

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Lady DT
21 April 2015 @ 01:59 pm



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It's been awhile since I've posted for this, but since I'm currently writing a poetry analysis I thought I'd post. I actually found this poem by searching for background information for Gwendolyn Brook's 'the mother' poem. This one is called 'The Slave Mother' and it's by Frances E.W. Harper.

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/182614
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
11 February 2015 @ 02:49 pm
The poem I want to share today is beautiful by Michelle Tea. I first became aware of Michelle Tea by trolling the wiki. I think I was looking at the queercore article and it led to her page. After this, I bought one of her books. It was an experience. It was slightly different but nice. I really like her writing. This poem was the second of her poems in the spoken word anthology. It's about America. I think it speaks to the experience many have us have of not being accepted because of things we can't control and the way our country views us. So without further ado.

http://fypoetry.tumblr.com/post/57349919343/michelle-tea-the-beautiful
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
10 February 2015 @ 09:19 pm
I recently bought a spoken word anthology edited by and featuring women. The poem that I'm posting is the first one and I really liked it! I like the way it flows and it's just gorgeous. I hope you guys enjoy.

 
 
 
 
Lady DT
02 January 2015 @ 09:26 pm
 
I finished Midnight Secretary. I wrote a review of the series (Without spoilers) at my book blog: http://black-femme-and-bookish.blogspot.com/2015/01/midnight-secretary-by-ohmi-tomu-series.html

Check it out if you please!
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Lady DT
31 December 2014 @ 11:59 pm
Write about 355 words starting today (October 17, 2014) to finish your goal of 70,000 words for Chloe's Book.
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1. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landu-Banks by E.Lockheart
2. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
3. Sacred Pleasure by __________
4. Finish reread of Pride and Prejudice
5. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

http://www.policymic.com/articles/73309/10-life-changing-books-every-20-something-feminist-needs-to-read

http://www.stylist.co.uk/books/50-essential-feminist-books
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Lady DT
28 November 2014 @ 08:39 pm
After I finished watching the trailer for the first(?) time I started to think. I was in bed with Martel and we started to talk.

My first thought was that the John Boyega character couldn't be real stormtropper. I thought this because the stormtroppers are all clones of Jango Fett. Then we thought maybe he's a good guy that's dressing up in the gear. I mean given that he looks like he's trying to get away I can see that.

And the Sith at the end? The only thing I've been worried about is that they might try to bring Vader back. But seeing the Sith and it looks nothing like him I have hope. I think he could probably be a secret apprentice to either Palpatine or Vader? I know they did that sort of stuff in the EU.

And I recall seeing the lightsaber design like that before? I didn't see the promotional picture until today but I really recall seeing a similar design like that somewhere. I'm thinking in the EU maybe?

Anyway those are my thoughts. I hope we get some character names. I want to see the trio in one of these trailers at least. Maybe when we get the full two minute one?
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
23 November 2014 @ 04:30 am
 
This past week has been good reading wise. Four books. Here's some thoughts.

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I had heard about this book awhile back. I finally decided to buy it a few months ago.

What prompted me to read it now was a post on ONTD. I read about the casting of it. My internal monologue was like: "Don't I have that book? Yes you definitely have that book. Should I read it? Yes you should definitely read it."

I started it on Saturday night. I really liked it. Bianca is a nice narrator though she did kinda get on my nerves. She's abrasive but that's how she was written. She's a pretty realistic teenage narrator.

Her relationship with her friends is what really sold me on this book. I looked the little bit on how she became friends with Casey and esp. with Jessica. I've made a lot of my friends similar ways and it really touched me.

I thought her relationship with her parents was really well done too. I mean haven't we all held something in because we didn't know to approach the other person? I mean hell I still do that.

And Wesley. Alright I'm going to admit I was rooting for her to end up with him. My ideal type is cocky. But I'm glad that he mended his ways. And I like that they bonded over their family lives.

I really enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading more from the author.



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The ABC's of Kissing BoysThe ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This was a really fun and cute book.

What stuck out to me most if the look it gives a peer pressure, bullying, and friendship in the like. I mean I know I've lost some friends over the years but I don't think I've been involved in a situation like Parker's but I could totally empathize with Becca.

Chrissandra (Her name annoys me) got what she deserved. She was so petty and I'm glad Parker came to realize it.

Tristan was really cute.

I really enjoyed this book. It was groundbreaking or anything but it was a nice read.



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Biggest Flirts (Superlatives, #1)Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This was my first book by Ms. Echols but it won't be the last if the rest are anything like this.

Where do I start?

Tia is a breath of fresh air. I want to say that I've just started to get into young adult fiction so maybe something has changed since I last read but Tia is nothing like the YA heroine I'm used to.

I mean for one Tia seems to have more personality. And she's complicated and she's funny. I don't know but compared to the books I've read before Tia seems to burst off the page. It's weird that I didn't notice it before but I guess you wouldn't notice if you don't have something to compare it too.

And the teenagers in this book seem realistic. Like I could see my former self and my friends as these kids you know?

I just really feel like this book was authentic and I greatly enjoyed it and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.



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Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Cute. Intense. The Epilogue was cheesy but it made me smile.



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I was just thinking about Perfect Chemistry. It was a good book. It didn't wow me like some books but I really enjoyed it. I mean I stayed in the bathtub for an extra thirty minutes reading it. And like I said that epilogue was cheesy as fuck but as I enjoyed the HP epilogue I didn't really mind it. It was really cute.

I've got more books from the library to read.
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Lady DT
15 October 2014 @ 12:29 am
 
I just watched Selfie. The first two episodes.

Here's my thoughts.

I like both the main characters. Their names are escaping me but I know the actors names so let me refer to them like that.

I like Karen's character. I think she is this generation taken to an extreme. I do believe a lot of us are worried too much about our online life. I mean I usually don't obsess about Tumblr notes but I've been monitoring that more now. Am I on my way to obsession? Maybe. Maybe not. I think it's natural to want to be liked. I think that's what Karen's character is figuring out. That online popularity doesn't always translate to real life.

And on the opposite end of the pole we have John's character. He's a self described Gen X. He's a workaholic and kinda stiff. I think his traits are also amplified to make a point. But I think he's seeing that he has things he needs to work as well.

The show is really cute and I'm enjoying it so far.
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
13 October 2014 @ 11:06 pm
 
Naming characters is one of my favorite things ever. Like ever.
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
20 September 2014 @ 07:11 am
Today's second poem is from Maya Angelou. This one is Woman Work. I initially clicked on it because of the title. It reminds me of the song This Woman's Work by Kate Bush. But what made me post it here is the end. Woman's work seems to be thankless. People take it for a given even me. I think it deserves more appreciation because if no one did it then we'd all be fucked.
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
20 September 2014 @ 07:05 am
I will put up the graphic but I wanted to link to this. I have a few more to post for this challenge.

Today I start with another Plath poem. To say that she has had an influence on me is an understatement. After I read Metaphors and looked at the composition behind it it inspired me to try counting syllables. It lead directly to my poem Birthday Cake/Sweet Sixteen which I consider to be one of my best. I really enjoy this poem and I hope you guys will too.
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
17 September 2014 @ 06:34 pm



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So I've been looking at erotica these past few days. One of the names that keeps coming up is Anais Nin. I had heard of before but for her diaries. I've only found this poem by her but I feel like it speaks to me and my sexuality.

Risk
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
17 September 2014 @ 06:23 pm



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I'm posting some poems today and this is a disclaimer: These poems are erotic They might not be explicit but they are definitely erotic. If you do not like these then please feel free to ignore these posts.

The first I want to post is by Lucille Clifton. I've posted a few of her poems before. I feel like Lucille speaks to me. I guess I would call her a poetic foremother. I feel like her poems are good for the soul. This particular poem speaks to me a midst my totally unadulterated love for my man.

Dark Moses
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
12 September 2014 @ 03:18 pm



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Last night I started to think about Audre Lorde's poems. A line had stuck with me. "I am woman and not white." So I looked up her stuff because it was late and I did not want to go retrieve the collected poems. Here is A Woman Speaks.
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
02 September 2014 @ 06:29 am



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I recently acquired Edna St. Vincent Millay's collected poems. I saw Blight in the TOC and I flipped to it. I'm glad I did. I feel like it's talking to me. I have a lot of hate in my heart towards various individuals. I think I need to get rid of it. It would only make me feel better.
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
01 September 2014 @ 05:08 pm



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I just got Aunt Lute's anthology of women writers in the US. This book focuses on the 17th-19th century. I looked through the table of contents and I saw Coquette et Froide. Need I say the title made me flip the page?
 
 
 
 
Lady DT
01 September 2014 @ 02:09 am
 
Hey guys I just posted a little short story on my writing blog. You can find it here.

Oh and a small poem (Like I write anything else): Here
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Lady DT
08 July 2014 @ 09:46 am



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For some reason I started to think about sonnets. I knew that Millay wrote them and I've been reading hers. Here's one of my favorites: Love is Not All