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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Political In/Correctness Continuum

On Thanksgiving weekend my reaction to reading this piece https://www.arcamax.com/entertainment/humor/belowthebeltway/s-1897248 by Gene Weingarten led me to e-mail him at the address listed at the end of the article. The following thread is the result of our exchanges so far. Attempts to verify that G.W. actually wrote the response sent from his e-mail address received no reply.

[This is my mindset whenever people complain about political correctness in the 21st century.]
Political correctness in not new in the U.S. or around the world. It's had many names and iterations: Jim Crow, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Indian Schools, the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent, the Salem witch trials, "no Italians/Irish/Greeks/Jews..." signs and policies, the Holocaust, the persecution of Alan Turing and other QUILTBAG people, the Rwandan genocide,,,

Until we decide to honor the truth that every human being's intrinsic value is equal to that of every other human regardless of superficial traits and external circumstances, we'll just keep killing each other in words and deeds.

I'm working toward the day when the U.S. Declaration of Independence is modified to say, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." I'm working toward the time when the words man and men are replaced with human and humans in every document pertaining to the rights, protections and privileges of citizenship and as members of the human race.



From: Cardyn Brooks
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 11:16:59 AM
To: Weingarten, Gene
Subject: about Cultural Confucian

About “Cultural Confucian” from the Sunday, November 27, 2016 The Washington Post Magazine

Obliviousness of Privilege Syndrome Strikes Again

You’re 65 years old now, which means you were 12 in 1963. That’s after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, but before the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act of the 1960s. Were any of your schoolmates Americans of Chinese descent? Once your winning poster was distributed city-wide I wonder how many Chinese (or Japanese or Korean) American school children had to tolerate Anglo (and no, I don’t usually use white for skin color because in pigmentation white is the absence of color, and also, for me, labeling people as white supports racial superiority propaganda) classmates saying your slogan to them at intersections and crosswalks.
Many self-proclaimed liberals and unapologetically racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist, and other exclusionists voice the same complaint: Political correctness is so annoying and inconvenient.
Welcome to the club.
Emmett Till, Sean Bell, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Jazz Alford and a long list of other black and brown and/or QUILTBAG people or members of populations whose intrinsic value as humans and citizens are routinely marginalized, discounted, dismissed and rejected are dead because they crossed paths with people who judged them, convicted them and executed them for being what they considered politically incorrect.
The 45th PEOTUS didn’t “hit paydirt” by attacking political incorrectness; he threw the well-churned mud of the effective divide-and-conquer strategies learned from Bacon’s Rebellion in the 17th century. When the Anglo indentured servants and enslaved Africans recognized their shared grievances against the privileged elites, the ruling class made inclusion in being white a distinguishing element of privilege, inherent superiority and innate worthiness of respect, recognition, access to resources, opportunities, citizenship, higher labor compensation and everything good in life.
It’s interesting that Eric Shansby’s illustration implies an unsafe environment (where “safe space” on the door seems to be ironic) shows three men and one woman, three of whom are Anglo with one ethnically fluid looking young man. Of course, the authority figure seated behind the desk with his finger on the reject button is an older Anglo man. Because even in the 21st century images of power are still disproportionately embodied by older Anglo men. 
When that changes maybe I’ll buy into your lament about political correctness.  


Cardyn Brooks
Baltimore, Maryland



On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 8:56 PM, Weingarten, Gene wrote:

Well.  Wow.  

Please explain how a poster of Confucius, held up as a paragon of wisdom, marginalizd Asians in 1962?  The pidgin English?  Sure.   I am well aware it would be declared cultural appropriation today.   In the context of the times, it was fine, unchallenged, unremarkable. 
That white guy at the desk was a caricature of me. 

Before you start lecturing me condescendingly on the murder of black people, the marginalization of cultures, the horrors of slavery!, well perhaps you should find out a little about my history.  I suspect I was marching on the front lines of human rights and civil rights and gay rights long before you were in diapers.   I don't want to make any assumptions about you, but I am guessing you are not very old.  You are certainly not yet very wise.  And yes, the fragile-flower fainting-couch collegiate attitude is something that is embarrassing to all of us who have actually lived through much more serious cultural problems, and joined the fray.   All of us. 

Read what you wrote again.  Police it for absurd, infantile condescension, and write to me again.  I'll answer it.


From: Cardyn Brooks 
Date: Fri, Dec 2, 2016 at 5:22 PM
Subject: Re: about Cultural Confucian
To: "Weingarten, Gene"


Thanks for responding. 

I did realize that the man seated at the desk represented you. Based on the content of your piece, it seemed like an illustration that focused on the young people judging you instead of your judging them would have been more consistent. 

Also, please note that in my e-mail to you there are no personal attacks or name-calling. (The "self-proclaimed liberals and unapologetically racist..." phrase was a generalization connected to a shared complaint.) On one side of my family I'm only the third generation removed from enslavement (my great-grandparents were first physically enslaved, then economically enslaved as sharecroppers) as well as the third generation of earning a college degree. What I wrote is my opinion. The core of my remarks is about point of view when it comes to complaints about the constraints and ridiculousness of political correctness, as if political correctness is something new. What's new is how many more people who aren't non-Anglo, non-hetero or whatever other traits are considered mainstream are getting tripped up by it.  

My references were not intended as condescension, but as context for my thoughts whenever people complain about political correctness. Your reply to me contains every offense of which you accuse me. I didn't question your intelligence or your motives or social justice background. My references to your age weren't intended to be ageist, just to set context for my speculations about how Asian students may have been impacted by your winning poster. The vehemence of your response suggests that my comments struck a nerve. 

What upset me enough to write was the "Donald Trump's remarks were vile but..." Your vehement response to my e-mail echoes mine to that phrase. For me, "Donald Trump's remarks were vile." is the full sentence without any type of acceptable justification. That's my opinion, which exists separate from any personal judgments about you. I don't know you, and you don't know me. 

There are times when my inherent privileges as a healthy, hetero, middle-class Christian woman make me oblivious, too. "Obliviousness of Privilege Syndrome Strikes Again" was meant to be as provocative as the content of your piece.  


Cardyn


On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 4:46 PM, Cardyn Brooks wrote:

Hi. 

Just trying to confirm that Gene Weingarten actually composed the response to my initial e-mail about his article from last Sunday's 11/27/2016 WP Magazine. 

Apologies if I've contacted the wrong department. 

Thanks,
Cardyn


From: Cardyn Brooks 
Date: Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 6:54 PM
Subject: Re: about Cultural Confucian
To: an editor @washpost

The reason for my wanting to confirm that G.W. actually composed the response to my comments about "Cultural Confucian" is because I'd like to post the entire exchange (minus e-mail addresses) on my BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com to contribute to a deeper public conversation about the origins of political correctness in the U.S. Since his response is loaded with unfounded accusations and personal insults presented with an overall tone of a hysterical temper tantrum that's unexpected from a man of his level of achievement, I don't want to attribute this content to him if his assistant or a Washington Post staffer really sent it. 

The personal jabs are irrelevant to me. G.W. is entitled to his opinions and his First Amendment rights to express them. It's the contrasts between the substance and tone of my e-mail compared to G.W.'s that interest me. It's the fact that challenging the "back in my day political correctness didn't exist and life was grand" assertions generated such fury that he was able only to make one salient point related to my remarks about his being represented by the man behind the desk in the illustration. 

I plan to post the entire exchange this Fri.12/9 or Sat.12/10. If there's no verification from The Washington Post by COB this Thur. 12/8, I'll lead into the blog post with a caveat that although the response was received from G.W.'s e-mail address as listed at the end of his article, attempts to double check the identity of the author of the e-mail were unsuccessful.  

C.B.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Divided States of America

The electorate has chosen the next U.S. president.

Not-Hillary sentiment overcame Never-Trump sentiment and too many people love (or at least tolerate) his hate-mongering.

Will the 45th president-elect speak and behave differently as president than he did as presidential candidate? My sincere hope is yes.

Although it feels as if more than clocks have been set back this November 2016.

Wisdom and godspeed to the next administration.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#1 Reason for Booze Day Tuesday?


Sometimes performing one's civic duty feels like time spent in purgatory.
May we all work toward an effective political truce as a result of this election.
(Yes, my Pollyanna streak is showing.)

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

More Halloween Week Treats


The Great Pumpkin granted this blerdy book glutton's wish for tasty reading treats with a new MJD title available for loan from the library and the latest RG title on sale for fifty cents at their book donations sale bin. Yay! (instead of Boo!)

Now maybe the powerful spirits of the authorsphere will conjure new fiction titles from Frankie Y. Bailey and Crystal Hubbard (Meljean Brook, Marjorie M. Liu, Sugar Jamison, Jo Goodman...).


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

At Last!



Receiving this box of books felt like Christmas in October.
Many thanks to my publisher and my editor at 5 Prince Media Group for their unwavering support and impressive efforts to make this gorgeous print edition of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure a reality.

[giddy happy dancing]

https://www.amazon.com/Dodging-Eros-Through-Present-Pleasure/dp/1631121855/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1476316088&sr=1-1&keywords=cardyn+brooks

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, [add your Mad here] Mad to the Nth Power World

So Colin Kaepernick's silent, non-violent protest generates more outrage from some people than the loud, violent attacks against marginalized people. Gun ownership is patriotic and supports Second Amendment rights, but kneeling during the national anthem in protest of injustice and to demand equal protection under the law for all U.S. citizens doesn't support First Amendment free speech?

The disturbing video of Terence Crutcher's death in Tulsa, Oklahoma is so sad and frustrating and infuriating. And yet it's only the most recent in a long list of such incidents. We must have practical ways to keep law enforcement officers safe without making this pattern of preemptive executions the permanent norm.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

2nd Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Update


Murphy’s Law continues to wreak havoc with the print edition of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure. It’s probably going to be available for the end of the summer reading season, which is why the 2nd Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway has been extended to Saturday, December 10, 2016 with the second winner’s name posted by Saturday, December 17.  

Extending the 2nd GGG entry period until the end of the year opens up eligibility to readers who buy or review any of my titles per the updated details listed below.

No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited. Every previous eligible entrant remains entered except for Paula S., who won in February. 

Good luck!

Adjusted details here: 


2nd Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Extended until 12/10/2016

Hello,

Reading has been a brain escape for me since my dad used silly voices at bedtime to enact each character from my collection of Dr. Seuss books. The launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Private Moments Publishing (an imprint of 5 Prince Publishing) seems like the perfect opportunity to offer reviewers and readers a chance to win a mini-retreat from the demands of being a grown-up and to focus on the pleasures of being a consenting adult.

Giveaway Details:
  • A mid-week, 3-day/2-night getaway for two adults (both at least 18 years old)
  • Entry period will run from 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, January 4, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, December 10, 2016.(1)
  • Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and announced on the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com) and posted to the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page by Saturday, December 17, 2016.
  • Within 30 days of confirmed verification of eligibility to receive the prize, the randomly selected winner will receive a gift card or voucher redeemable for the value of a mid-week, 3-day/2-night stay in a double occupancy standard room at a property at an international hotel chain or resort from a pre-determined list of locations. Booking dates subject to availability at the selected property. Gift card or voucher not redeemable for cash.
  • Winner is responsible for all prize taxes, travel arrangements, travel documents, applicable legal & medical clearances, travel costs, parking fees, upgrade charges, mini-bar, room service, spa services, activities fees, meals, gratuities, surcharges and currency exchange fees.
  • Winner is responsible for meeting all eligibility requirements.
  • One entry per person (at least 18 years old as of December 10, 2016) per the following methods by 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 10, 2016:
1.      Dodging Eros print or digital purchase: Post a pic of yourself holding your copy of DE under the DE cover art post on the Dodging Eros: Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/Dodging-Eros-Grown-Ups-Getaway-Giveaway-457817364426217/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and/or
2.      DE review (e-ARCs available through NetGalley or print ARCs--eventually--from www.PrivateMomentsPublishing.com) posted to Amazon or Goodreads
3.      Post a review of Seducing the Burks, Five Erotic Tales by Cardyn Brooks or of her upcoming C. X Brooks from www.Mojocastle.com title (TBA) to Amazon or Goodreads

No purchase necessary. Purchasing multiple copies of Dodging Eros will not equal multiple entries nor will it increase an entrant’s odds of winning. Total number of eligible entries as of the close of the contest will determine the odds of winning. 5PP and PMP employees, and Mojocastle Press employees, and employees of the winning hotel chain/resort and their spouses, domestic partners and their children are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law.


(1)   As sponsor of this 2nd Grown-Ups Getaway giveaway the author is not responsible for entries that are not received by the closing deadline. The author is not liable for events that may occur while giveaway winner and/or companion reside at the destination property or while they travel to and from the destination property. Entering this giveaway equals agreeing to all terms of participation.


Winner:
The randomly selected winner will receive a mid-week, 3-day/2-night mini-retreat for 2 adults (both at least 18 years old) as described in the above giveaway details.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Hyatt Hotels.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

If Not Now, When?

Monday celebrated U.S. independence while so many of its citizens live bound by the fear that the laws and the people who are sworn to enforce those laws will not protect them from the dangers of negative assumptions made about them based on their skin color, gender, sexual orientation, social class, religious affiliation, age or physical stature.

Thank you to the people and organizations working toward eliminating the deadly consequences of implicit bias in policing.

https://trustandjustice.org/resources/intervention/implicit-bias

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rejection Offers Its Own Gifts

Jeff I. Moore, founder of www.EverydayPowerBlog.com, was kind enough to publish my essay about my experiences with rejection.

http://everydaypowerblog.com/2016/06/19/how-to-not-give-up-on-your-dreams-after-years-of-rejection/

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Questions of Virtue

Why is the person who has been raped granted less consideration than the convicted rapist?

This (most recent) Stanford rape case exposes society's refusal to define rape as a crime, especially when the rapist is a winning athlete, all-American type or popular or wealthy or powerful or famous or projects some other superficial trait that too often trumps judging their actions according to high benchmarks of ethics, honor and decency.

The convicted rapist's letter made me think he was a narcissist at best or a sociopath at worst.

Emily Doe's Every Woman's letter made me cheer for her grit and courage.
 


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Frames of Reference




The concept of  "white privilege" usually generates vigorous debate and push-back about whether such a thing even exists. For me as an adult, the phrase makes me think about the unconscious expectations of automatic inclusion and representation in everyday life because during my childhood picture books (#WeNeedDiverseBooks & #1000blackgirlbooks says it's still true today.), posters, and the people shown in picture frames didn't look like I looked. It took years for me to understand the trickle-down effects of exclusion as a form of rejection of the equal intrinsic value of some people's existence while still feeling entitled to those rejected people's consumer dollars and brand loyalty.

Inclusion and representation have always been important to human beings. Consider primitive cave drawings, burial masks, and ancient statuary. Having one's existence positively acknowledged is a sign of invitation, welcome, respect and admiration. It's positive reinforcement. Regardless of skin color, gender, age, sexual orientation, nationality, religious beliefs or other traits, humans crave it. Humans need it.

Advertisers' recognition of needing to court all kinds of consumers by including all kinds of people in their marketing media is long overdue.




Saturday, May 21, 2016

Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Extended Until August 6, 2016



After many delays of the Murphy’s Law variety, the print edition of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure is scheduled to be available for the summer reading season, which is why the Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway has been extended to Saturday, August 6, 2016 with the second winner’s name posted by Saturday, August 13.

No purchase necessary, Void where prohibited. Every previous eligible entrant remains entered except for Paula S., who won in February. 

Please see the original Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Facebook page February 21 posting for eligibility terms and details.

Good luck!

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Formula for Success

There’s a publishing company that uses algorithms to calculate the number of elements and probability of success for book manuscripts. Now as a capitalist my support is strong for ethical endeavors that up the odds and accelerate the speed of generating profit. And winning recipes and formulae have been applied in literature composition for millennia. The Iliad and The Odyssey rely on the repetition of visual cues and cycles of conflicts, journeys, and returns to keep listeners (originally) and readers engaged.

Other storytelling templates and tropes endure: the three-act structure; the poor, innocent ingénue and the wealthy, jaded older man; star-crossed lovers; the love triangle; the mistaken identity and many other popular storylines. But how can a mathematical formula calculate the unquantifiable x-factor that makes Room by Emma Donoghue an international bestseller adapted into a critically acclaimed and commercially successful movie when other novels about traumatized, yet triumphant young mothers and children fail to thrive in the marketplace?

A formula that dissects word counts between story elements and eye blinks per certain phrases may chart patterns of similarities among bestsellers; it also establishes predictability when universally applied. Some predictability in fiction is expected and appreciated by readers—like a happily-ever-after ending from conventional romance authors. At the same time, surprising twists and turns along the way to that HEA earn praise. Just read reviews for Beverley Jenkins, Sherry Thomas, and Linda Howard.

An author’s variations and improvisations on established themes in new contexts and from different viewpoints combine to distinguish the traits of a unique voice clearly identifiable among the cacophony of hacks, copycats, imitators, and posers. Adele’s voice is clearly distinguished from Denyce Graves’s voice, which is distinctly different from Renee Fleming’s; all sound heavenly.

Development of a writer’s voice shares aspects of the process for developing a singer’s voice. Power, range, and depth get explored. Personal experiences shape, guide, and influence. Emotion infuses.

Writers have institutionalized formulae in M.F.A. writing programs, prestigious literary awards, and literary events. Singers have social media platforms, competition shows, and radio airplay. Even with these multiple paths to public exposure for hard-working, talented artists, there are no 100% guarantees for marketplace success. So using evolving technologies in data collection and consumer psychology makes sense.

My concern is that over-usage of meta-data in shaping and evaluating manuscripts will make cranking out soul-less copies of essentially the same characters, same vocabulary, same conflicts, same resolutions, same everything else with only superficial variations across content the norm for publishers who are businesspeople scrambling to profit in this scary new world of expanded competition among traditional, self-, indie, and hybrid publishing models.

When every other title has the word “Girl” in it (even though the main female character is actually a grown woman), and the descriptors this man, awkward, amazing, something real, raw, girl parts, emotional walls, and processing keep appearing with increasing frequency across genres, titles, and authors in mainstream women’s fiction, they seem like flags warning of a disturbing level of content homogenization.

Books that deviate from established formulae in surprising ways through clever imagination with respect for readers’ intelligence instead of flimsy gimmicks or literary stunts earn loyal fans while expanding the marketplace for content from people who write and for people who read.

Shouldn’t a formula in fiction inspire a drive toward greater creativity, not a rigid template of mandatory elements in predetermined configurations? 


Friday, May 6, 2016

Politics of Pleasure Debate Question 17

How does the frequent use of rape in fiction and other entertainment content impact society’s ambivalence toward sexual assault as a serious crime that’s worthy of prosecution and incarceration of the assailant? 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Politics of Pleasure Debate Question 16

Where are the non-stereotypical Asian and Hispanic/Latino and indigenous North American characters in mainstream romance fiction? 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Politics of Pleasure Debate Question 15

The greater frequency of inter-species couples over interracial couples in bestselling mainstream romance fiction says what about publishing trends and their reflection of present-day society? 


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

PoP Debate Question 14

What are the reasons why black characters who are featured in a mainstream romance series usually get their happily-ever-after toward the end or in the last book of the series? 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PoP Debate Question 13

In what ways does women’s fiction reinforce expectations shaped by traditional gender roles through character development, language, and story arc evolution? 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Politics of Pleasure Debate Question 12

In how many different ways is women’s fiction subversive? 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway 2nd Round Extension


Since Easter weekend starts spring break for some adults and ends it for others, the 2nd round of the Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway has been extended until Saturday, June 4, 2016 to allow for the beginning of the warm weather reading season.

Everyone who has already reviewed and/or purchased Dodging Eros is still entered (except for Paula S., who won the first round;-).

Best wishes & good luck!

Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Extended until 3/26/6/4/2016

Hello,

Reading has been a brain escape for me since my dad used silly voices at bedtime to enact each character from my collection of Dr. Seuss books. The launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Private Moments Publishing (an imprint of 5 Prince Publishing) seems like the perfect opportunity to offer reviewers and readers a chance to win a mini-retreat from the demands of being a grown-up and to focus on the pleasures of being a consenting adult.

Giveaway Details:
  • A mid-week, 3-day/2-night getaway for two adults (both at least 18 years old)
  • Entry period will run from 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, January 4, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, February 20 March 26  June 4, 2016.(1)
  • Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and announced on the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com) and posted to the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page by Saturday, February 27 April 2  June 11, 2016.
  • Within 30 days of confirmed verification of eligibility to receive the prize, the randomly selected winner will receive a gift card or voucher redeemable for the value of a mid-week, 3-day/2-night stay in a double occupancy standard room at a property at an international hotel chain or resort from a pre-determined list of locations. Booking dates subject to availability at the selected property. Gift card or voucher not redeemable for cash.
  • Winner is responsible for all prize taxes, travel arrangements, travel documents, applicable legal & medical clearances, travel costs, parking fees, upgrade charges, mini-bar, room service, spa services, activities fees, meals, gratuities, surcharges and currency exchange fees.
  • Winner is responsible for meeting all eligibility requirements.
  • One entry per person (at least 18 years old as of January 4, 2016) per the following methods for the extension ending Saturday, March 26  June 4, 2016:
1.      Dodging Eros print or digital purchase: Post a pic of yourself holding your copy of DE under the DE cover art post on the Dodging Eros: Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/Dodging-Eros-Grown-Ups-Getaway-Giveaway-457817364426217/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and/or
2.      DE review (e-ARCs available through NetGalley) posted to Amazon or Goodreads

No purchase necessary. Purchasing multiple copies of Dodging Eros will not equal multiple entries nor will it increase an entrant’s odds of winning. Total number of eligible entries as of the close of the contest will determine the odds of winning. 5PP and PMP employees, and employees of the winning hotel chain/resort and their spouses, domestic partners and their children are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law.


(1)   As sponsor of this Grown-Ups Getaway giveaway the author is not responsible for entries that are not received by the closing deadline. The author is not liable for events that may occur while giveaway winner and/or companion reside at the destination property or while they travel to and from the destination property. Entering this giveaway equals agreeing to all terms of participation.


Winner:
The randomly selected winner will receive a mid-week, 3-day/2-night mini-retreat for 2 adults (both at least 18 years old) as described in the above giveaway details.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or Hyatt Hotels.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

PoP Debate Question 11

What assumptions are implied when a character is described as “every wo/man’s dream” in fiction? 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

PoP Debate Question 10

In fiction and in real life, romantic love and marriage are packaged and marketed to girls and women as essential components to having a fulfilling life, while romantic love and marriage are treated as optional for boys and men. [ex. media coverage of Jennifer Aniston and Taylor Swift as bachelorettes versus George Clooney and Leonardo DiCaprio as bachelors] How do these opposing ideas impact hetero and QUILTBAG monogamous relationships? 


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

PoP Debate Question 9

When female characters beg and plead for sexual satisfaction from their men in mainstream hetero contemporary romance, what, if any, social commentary is being made? 


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Politics of Pleasure Debate Question 8

What does the current “Girl” trend in mainstream adult contemporary fiction reflect about society’s attitudes toward grown women?

video

The Adventures of Anglo Ingenue and Stone-Cold Billionaire (intro)
an Absurd Theater vignette
setting: party as corporate networking event
tabloid moniker: Stoglo


He trapped my and gaze and refused to release me from his stare as I watched him work his way across the ballroom filled with the industry's power brokers.

This man was dangerous.

His bespoke tuxedo couldn't hide the rough edges of his bad boy, bad ass, dominant, alpha shark intensity cutting through the chum of posers and hangers-on who tried to catch his attention.

He ignored them.

This sexy man's reputation as a rebellious genius with a bad attitude in business and an insatiable appetite as a connoisseur of sin made him irresistible.

I knew I was in way over my head...




Friday, February 26, 2016

Congrats to the Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations to Paula S. in the southern U.S. for winning the Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway along with a Travel Journeys & Destinations swag bag.

Remember, there's still time to enter the extended giveaway until 3/26/2016 by reviewing and/or buying Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure. See the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/Dodging-Eros-Grown-Ups-Getaway-Giveaway-457817364426217/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

PoP Debate Question 7

The phrase, “I’m protected,” is still spoken by some female characters in contemporary romance to indicate that it’s safe to have sex without a condom because she’s taking contraceptives. What, if any, impact does this non-scientifically based attitude have on public health campaigns that support safe sex initiatives to prevent the transmission of STIDs? 


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Winner & Extension



Thank you to everyone who entered the Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway to celebrate the launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Cardyn Brooks! The winner will be announced by Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Didn't win?

Cheer up. There's a second chance for those who have already bought and/or reviewed Dodging Eros or do so by March 26, 2016. Good luck!

Here are the updated details:


Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Extended until 3/26/2016

Hello,

Reading has been a brain escape for me since my dad used silly voices at bedtime to enact each character from my collection of Dr. Seuss books. The launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Private Moments Publishing (an imprint of 5 Prince Publishing) seems like the perfect opportunity to offer reviewers and readers a chance to win a mini-retreat from the demands of being a grown-up and to focus on the pleasures of being a consenting adult.

Giveaway Details:
  • A mid-week, 3-day/2-night getaway for two adults (both at least 18 years old)
  • Entry period will run from 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, January 4, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, February 20 March 26, 2016.(1)
  • Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and announced on the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com) and posted to the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page by Saturday, February 27 April 2, 2016.
  • Within 30 days of confirmed verification of eligibility to receive the prize, the randomly selected winner will receive a gift card or voucher redeemable for the value of a mid-week, 3-day/2-night stay in a double occupancy standard room at a property at an international hotel chain or resort from a pre-determined list of locations. Booking dates subject to availability at the selected property. Gift card or voucher not redeemable for cash.
  • Winner is responsible for all prize taxes, travel arrangements, travel documents, applicable legal & medical clearances, travel costs, parking fees, upgrade charges, mini-bar, room service, spa services, activities fees, meals, gratuities, surcharges and currency exchange fees.
  • Winner is responsible for meeting all eligibility requirements.
  • One entry per person (at least 18 years old as of January 4, 2016) per the following methods for the extension ending Saturday, March 26, 2016:
1.      Dodging Eros print or digital purchase: Post a pic of yourself holding your copy of DE under the DE cover art post on the Dodging Eros: Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway Facebook page; https://www.facebook.com/Dodging-Eros-Grown-Ups-Getaway-Giveaway-457817364426217/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel and/or
2.      DE review (e-ARCs available through NetGalley) posted to Amazon or Goodreads

No purchase necessary. Purchasing multiple copies of Dodging Eros will not equal multiple entries nor will it increase an entrant’s odds of winning. Total number of eligible entries as of the close of the contest will determine the odds of winning. 5PP and PMP employees, and employees of the winning hotel chain/resort and their spouses, domestic partners and their children are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law.


(1)   As sponsor of this Grown-Ups Getaway giveaway the author is not responsible for entries that are not received by the closing deadline. The author is not liable for events that may occur while giveaway winner and/or companion reside at the destination property or while they travel to and from the destination property. Entering this giveaway equals agreeing to all terms of participation.


Winner: The randomly selected winner will receive a mid-week, 3-day/2-night mini-retreat for 2 adults (both at least 18 years old) as described in the above giveaway details.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

PoP Debate Question 6

Hi.

Welcome to the Politics of Pleasure Debate connected to the launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Cardyn Brooks from PrivateMomentsPublishing.com.

Questions 1--5 start with earlier posts beginning Wednesday, January 20, 2016. The intention is to examine the ways in which mainstream contemporary fiction reflects and contradicts the evolution of society's demographics and mores.


What are some examples of the persistence of slut-shaming in mainstream contemporary romance novels?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

PoP Debate Question 5

Why do many mainstream contemporary romance novels still explicitly state the exact number of sexual partners the main female character has had?  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PoP Debate Question 4

Are non-Anglo/Caucasian/white female main characters described differently from their Anglo/Caucasian/white counterparts in mainstream contemporary fiction? In what ways?

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

PoP Debate Question 3

How do The Story of O, Panic Snap, Carrie’s Story, 50 Shades of Grey, and similar erotic fiction push back against societal expectations of sexual virtue for privileged Anglo/Caucasian/white women? 

Friday, January 22, 2016

PoP Debate Question 2



Why is the sex in serious, critically acclaimed fiction so often sad, mad or bad; adulterous, incestuous or otherwise felonious, and disproportionately disappointing for characters who are female, non-Anglo and/or QUILTBAG with consequences that are bittersweet, tragic or catastrophic? 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Politics of Pleasure (PoP) Debate Question 1

In the pop culture age of Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Admiral Michelle Howard, U.S. Army Rangers Capt. Kristen Griest & 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, Ashley Nell Tipton, robust engagement and growth of the members in the Society of Women Engineers, and more female college undergrads than male in the U.S. and many other countries, why are women still judged according to their relationship status, physical appearance and body weight more than for their intelligence and accomplishments? 


Read Between The Lines Blog Tour for DODGING EROS




http://www.rbtlbooktours.com/p/blog-tour-schedules.html

http://www.privatemomentspublishing.com/cardyn-brooks.html


Friday, January 15, 2016

Language Barrier


When the switch from singular to plural gets lost in translation

Observation: Spell check doesn't work in a vacuum, and there are reasons why some cute reusable totes end up getting sold at the dollar store.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Patrons Behaving Badly

For many reasons the public library is one of my favorite places to visit. (Blerdy = black + nerdy!) It's quiet, except during children's story time, but hearing all those high-pitched voices oohing and aahing as the tale unfolds is the cheerful sound of future readers. Plus, they're young kids. Their behavior gets viewed with some leniency due to their youth.

Lately, whiny adults have been harshing my usual library buzz with their complaints about how loudly other patrons are tapping the keys on their keyboards. (Earbuds exist for a reason.) Another so-called adult loudly and repeatedly complained that she shouldn't need to wait in the queue for the next available computer because some people were only playing games and should get bumped from their seats in favor of people who need to do work. (Um, the library's been open for hours; you should have come earlier.) With silent (It's the library!) cheers from the nearby patrons, the librarian scolded this narcissist for her selfish attitude.

What is confusing about the phrase public library? It's designed to be a shared space for open access to resources. People who don't want to wait their turn or hear other people's ambient sounds while they work shouldn't come to the public library expecting the environment to feel like their private home.

[End tirade;-).]

I <3 Libraries

Sunday, January 3, 2016

DODGING EROS: Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway 1/4--2/20/2016





Grown-Ups Getaway Giveaway

Hello,

Reading has been a brain escape for me since my dad used silly voices at bedtime to enact each character from my collection of Dr. Seuss books. The launch of Dodging Eros, Through Past, Present and Pleasure by Private Moments Publishing (an imprint of 5 Prince Publishing) seems like the perfect opportunity to offer reviewers and readers a chance to win a mini-retreat from the demands of being a grown-up and to focus on the pleasures of being a consenting adult.

Giveaway Details:
  • A mid-week, 3-day/2-night getaway for two adults (both at least 18 years old as of January 4, 2016)
  • Entry period will run from 12:01 a.m. ET Monday, January 4, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, February 20, 2016.(1)
  • Winner will be chosen by random drawing, and announced on the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (BlerdyBingeReader.blogspot.com) and posted to the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page by Saturday, February 27, 2016.
  • Within 30 days of confirmed verification of eligibility to receive the prize, the randomly selected winner will receive a gift card or voucher redeemable for the value of a mid-week, 3-day/2-night stay in a double occupancy standard room at a property at an international hotel chain or resort from a pre-determined list of locations. Booking dates subject to availability at the selected property. Gift card or voucher not redeemable for cash.
  • Winner is responsible for all prize taxes, travel arrangements, travel documents, applicable legal & medical clearances, travel costs, parking fees, upgrade charges, mini-bar, room service, spa services, activities fees, meals, gratuities, surcharges and currency exchange fees.
  • Winner is responsible for meeting all eligibility requirements.
  • One entry per person (at least 18 years old as of January 4, 2016) per the following methods:
1.      Dodging Eros print or digital purchase and/or
2.      signing up to follow the Blerdy Binge Reader blog (current followers who are at least 18 years old by Monday, January 4, 2016 automatically entered) and/or
3.      DE review (e-ARCs available through NetGalley) posted to Amazon or Goodreads and/or
4.      “like” of the cover reveal post on the Cardyn Brooks Facebook page and/or
5.      @CardynBpresents #DodgingEros re/tweet(2) and/or
6.      @HiltonHotel #GrownUpsGetaway re/tweet or @Marriott #GrownUpsGetaway re/tweet or @Westin #GrownUpsGetaway re/tweet or @[twitter handle for your fave resort] #GrownUpsGetaway.(3)
7.      No purchase necessary. Purchasing multiple copies of Dodging Eros will not equal multiple entries nor will it increase an entrant’s odds of winning. Total number of eligible entries as of the close of the contest will determine the odds of winning. 5PP and PMP employees, and employees of the winning hotel chain/resort and their spouses, domestic partners and their children are not eligible to win. Void where prohibited by law.


(1)   As sponsor of this Grown-Ups Getaway giveaway the author is not responsible for entries that are not received by the closing deadline. The author is not liable for events that may occur while giveaway winner and/or companion reside at the destination property or while they travel to and from the destination property. Entering this giveaway equals agreeing to all terms of participation.

(2)   Multiple re/tweets per eligible person are allowed and will be counted as individual entries. Becoming an @CardynBpresents Twitter follower will not increase an entrant’s odds of winning.

(3) The hotel chain or resort for the Grown-Ups Getaway destination will be chosen by tallying the number of re/tweets from the entry method 6 posted by 11:59 p.m. ET Saturday, February 20, 2016. Multiple re/tweets per eligible person are allowed and will be counted as individual entries.


Winner:
The randomly selected winner will receive a mid-week, 3-day/2-night mini-retreat for 2 adults (both at least 18 years old as of Monday, January 4, 2016) as described in the above giveaway details.


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Hilton Hotels, Marriott or Westin Hotels.