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Murphy's Law #TWWBF2020 Zoom Almost-Doom Averted by Panelists Who Saved the Day

[Photo credit: courtesy of Alexi Venice 2020] (Filed under the “Champagne Problems” category)   Panel Prep Checklist  Four talented panelists and one moderator in agreement on a date and time to record “More Than Tragic: Happy Endings, Adventure and Fantasy for All” chat?  Check.  #TWWBF2020 logo backdrop hanging on the moderator's wall?  Check.  Strong WiFi signal, functioning 100% charged tablet, and legible discussion notes?  Check—at least until an hour before start time, when the moderator's home Internet connection suddenly disappeared. Totally gone; wouldn't reboot. (Some people's nightmares are about falling. Mine are about dropped tech connectivity.)  Options?  Cry. Curse. (Are you kidding me with this right now, Divine Cosmic Forces of the Universe?!) Run to a nearby generous neighbor's house. Which friendly neighbor? The ones with the pack of adorable spoiled rotten yappy fur babies or the ones with the adorable rambunctious

Judicious Women, Authenticity, Crossroads & Legacies

  The loss of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is devastating. All the heartfelt tributes are well-deserved, and have turned my thoughts toward consideration of the early years of her legal career at the ACLU and the Women's Rights Project. Without RBG and WRP then, would we now have women in combat in the U.S. military? The Lilly Ledbetter Law? Marriage equality? Federal mandates for equitable insurance coverage? And many more legal protections against sexism and other forms of discrimination?   The #TWWBF2020 More Than Tragic: Happy Endings, Adventure, and Fantasy for All panelists and authors of the following titles, and I, along with millions (billions?) more people have benefitted from Justice Ginsburg's life and work for human rights. Her existence improved the world and will continue to do so, which is a significant part of her substantial legacy.    Standby Counsel (Monica Spade #2) by Alexi Venice   Contemporary legal thriller romance    August 2020   Aft

#TWWBF2020 #WOMXNLITOUT2020 #reading OR #writing @thewritewomenbookfest

  (My personal video highlights some benefits of reading anthologies, and falls under the category of "Do as the guidelines say, not as I have done." 😊) PARTICIPATE IN OUR “READING & WRITING OUTSIDE OF YOUR EXPERIENCE” ON SOCIAL MEDIA  HOW IT WORKS   Read a book that is by somebody outside of your own experience. White readers, please use the below for guidance as to the criteria.    #OwnVoices is a term coined by the writer Corinne Duyvis, and refers to an author from a marginalized or under-represented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group.   (Source -    Or that could be tagged with #100blackgirlbooks by    “This resource g