Journal Entry #80: So, It’s International Women’s Day?

This year it took me several reminders that today was International Women’s Day. First, my partner, told me. Then, I got a text from a friend. Then, I saw Joe Biden speak about it on the news. Then, I read about it online. Then, I thought back to the time when one of the schools I attended I was charged less for a drink. Needless to say, I’ve been busy with other things like reading, writing, and trying to fit activities into my daily routine I’ve not been incorporating. Therefore, having International Women’s Day on my mind wasn’t a priority. Next, I thought about my biological mother and the hell she went through and then my adoptive mom who is a feminist in her own right. She’s the woman who wouldn’t buy me a Barbie doll. We understand each other a lot more now.

9. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

-Maya Angelou-

I made headway on my second novel, still typing away, and now starting chapter ten. My first novel idea should come back to me in a week. I’m a little anxious with how much I will have to rewrite when it comes back. I’m trying to prep myself for the task and hope it isn’t massive. This is the first time I’ve had a stranger read my work. While I struggle with my teeth falling apart as my filling needs to be replaced and my arthritis in my hands getting worse as the days go by, I wonder how I’m going to fulfill all my personal needs when I’m older. Getting back to my second novel idea, it’s been a journey, and it’s a kind of further exploration of my past and present. It will be the most personal and while I’m enjoying writing it, I’m also kicking and screaming at having to write it. Beware, I will do this with every freaking novel I write.

With this being said (a repetitive phrase I use), I end with my frustration at not being able to follow other bloggers. I don’t understand why I have this problem. If you know how to fix it, let me know. I need to see if I can’t get it to work again on my iPhone. So, here’s to another day of being a woman and as I posted on another social media page, people who post generalized thoughts without any kind of research amounts to nothing more than gross negligence. I don’t exclude people for having different views, but it’s clear to me too many people stand by their posts like it is a badge of honor, like they won a medal because they fought a war, and they have done neither. So, fight your battles but don’t hide behind your screen thinking it doesn’t have any gouges on it. Trust me, it does.

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