I Tried to Warn You About Junot Diaz

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An old colleague from the Boston Globe sent me a link to today’s article about the flurry of women coming forward about (alleged, I guess) sexual misconduct towards them by Pulitzer-winning novelist Junot Diaz. My friend sent the article out of kindness, the way an old pal might place a comforting hand on your shoulder by way of saying, “I believe you. I always did.”

Author Zinzi Clemmons sparked today’s uproar across social media when she tweeted about Diaz cornering her and forcibly kissing her when she was a graduate student of just 26. After she tweeted this, two other female writers, Carmen Maria Machado and Monica Byrne, both came forward with similar tales of misogynistic abuse at the hands of Diaz. I wasn’t surprised. But anyone who has followed my own literary career knows that.

I publicly said Diaz was a misogynist opportunistic liar more than ten years…

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About Me

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Hi! I’m Kristie. I live in Southern California with my husband, 8-year-old daughter, and five dogs. I teach literature at a small college during the day, and spend my evenings as a creative writing dance mom. I discovered my love for reading in elementary school, when I first read The Black Stallion in the fourth grade. Since then, I read as if my life depends on it. Bookstores are my amusement parks, novels are my constant companions, and my dream is to build floor to ceiling bookshelves in every room of my house. I love paranormal romance novels, and I especially love novels with strong, fearless heroines. In my free time, I love to hike and camp in the mountains, and I don’t think there is anything better than reading a great book underneath a canopy of pine trees.

You will also find a link to my publishing website, liquidinkpublications.com. There you will find posts, links, and articles about writing, publishing, and successful freelancing.

Online Magazines

Writing that pops and sizzles on the page is essential for online success. In addition to an interesting point of view, online readers want quick, concise articles delivering the maximum amount of information in the least amount of time. In the spirit of the hit and run article, the following links are to articles I have published on Examiner.com, Suite101, Yahoo! Voices, and eHow.com

National Fiction Examiner for Examiner.com

Get Ready for Summer Reading

Community Focus on English/Spanish Fiction During Latino Books Month

The Get Caught Reading Program Promotes Family Literacy

New Arcane Society Book Trailer from Jayne Ann Krentz and Writer’s Space

What is Women’s Fiction?

How the MTV Movie Awards Bring Fiction to the Forefront

 

Writer for Suite101

A Reader’s Guide to the Romance Genre

Nora Robert’s Vision in White

Review of Soul Siren by Aisha DuQuesne

Reading the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series

Modernism and Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Walt Whitman and Transcendentalism

Writer for eHow.com

Creative Wedding Gifts for a Groom

Red Envelope Gift Ideas

How to Find a Book in the Public Domain

How to Clean the Inside of a Softball Glove

eHow Family

Full Minority Scholarships for Dance Colleges

How to do an Outline for a Research Paper on a Book

eHow Health

How to Relieve a Tight Hamstring

How to Burn Lots of Fat Lifting Light Weights

How to Create Dynamic Tension Lifting Weights

eHow Money

Grants for Minority Startup Businesses

How to Maintain a Constant Supply of Salon Items

eHow Style

How to Price a Leather Jacket for a Yard Sale

eHow Simplify the Season

How to Make Tea from Loose Peppermint Leaves

 

Writer for Yahoo! Voices

A review of Joan Didion’s Writing

 

SEO Content Development

If you are searching for enhanced web browser recognition, then you want a writer skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). As a copywriter, I have learned the techniques of SEO and understand the delicate balance between well placed keywords that will drive customers to your site and overly saturated articles sure to be flagged by search engines.

When I write your copy, I will use the latest in trending topics and SEO keyword content to create quality articles and posts for your company.

The following are links to blogs and articles I have written for businesses throughout the United States and Australia. Posts such as these are written to client specifications and supported by current, credible research.

Sport and Fitness

Stay Healthy and Injury Free

Keep a Healthy, Competitive Attitude

Tips for Endurance Training

Education

Find Academic Assistance Online

Why You Need Higher Education

You Can Afford a Good Education

Family Law

Be Informed about Mediation

Seeking a Child to Adopt

Handling Your Own Divorce

Your Custody Arrangement Options

Health and Wellness

Use the Internet to Manage Your Health and Wellness

Help Your Child Cope With Divorce

Support Groups for Divorced Parents

Home and Garden Articles:

When it comes to Air Conditioning Bigger is not Always Better

7 Warning Signs: When to call for air conditioning services

Humidity and Comfort Go Hand in Hand

Travel Writing:

Family Fun in Las Vegas

Cultural Events in Houston Texas

The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Promote Goodwill

History and Art at the University of Texas

Discover Australia

Travel Insurance Isn’t Just for Big Emergencies

Real Estate

First Time Home Buyer Advice

Gambling and Other Interests

Why the Movies Love Gamblers

Society and Culture

Don’t Mail the Letter: Join a Social Network Instead

Blog Sites

Do you want to grow your business?

Do you have a web presence already established but need a wow factor to develop a following?

If you are thinking yes, then you need a blog site.

Using the WordPress or Blogger platforms, I will create a blog that reflects the personality of your business and captures the attention of a quick click reader.

A well designed and written blog will not only drive traffic to your website, it will educate new and existing clients on your product and services, as well as create a base of potential customers.

The following links are to websites I have designed and/or written for.

Please note, the last two links are for adult web blogs. If you are offended by adult content, do not click on the link. Blogger will also provide you with a warning before entering those sites.

Iron Jungle Training: Sports training blog

WordKandy: Literature blog

Project Storyteller: Creative writing education

Steampunk Tempest: Academic

Liquid Ink Publications: Publishing and writing

Annabella Cristos: Erotica author

Dirty Whipped Cream : Erotica blog

Print Publication

Chapter 4

Walt Whitman’s Paradox: The Philosophy of Democracy and the Poetics of Subjugation

by Kristie Camacho

Excerpt

In A Reader’s Guide to Walt Whitman, Gay Allen states, “the great problem in interpreting the poems of Leaves of Grass is to find a suitable context . . . The fact that the context is necessary proves that the poems do have a unity of some kind, but the unity is so subjective that there is always the danger that each critic, by applying his own subjective context will find whatever meaning he wishes” (148).  Similar to Allen’s views of the critic’s interpretation, Whitman has created a collection of poems that are contingent upon his particular contextual outlook.  Whitman’s vision of democracy consisted of a nation of strong individuals, knowledgeable of and accepting in their position of divinity.  In order to create such a nation of ideal human beings, Whitman relied upon the male/female sense of gender appropriate behavior.  Although Whitman himself was a supporter of equality (most likely a result of his Quaker influences) he was unable to resolve the discrepancies between his divine plan for the nation’s future, and the necessity of the female to assume a position of subjugation.  In light of such contradictions, Whitman chose not to choose.  Instead, he represented the best qualities of both genders, while espousing the duties expected of them.  Within his poetry, Whitman gave voice and praise to those women seeking freedom from gender roles, and to those women who loved their place within the domestic realm.  He was certainly a voice for all positions, and although his paradoxes may have seemingly helped, then hindered the female plight, his immortal words gave countless individuals pause to ruminate upon these issues, and perhaps make lasting changes of their own.