Don’t Support Prime Day! Support These Businesses Instead!

Guys, I’ll be honest – I have a love/hate relationship with Amazon. I do. On one hand, I’m broke and its hard to turn down the prices of the things that I get through Amazon – I’d love to buy from smaller businesses more often but its just hard. I don’t make a lot and after rent and my car payment and bills and all of that…its just hard. I’m also a self published author and, let’s face it, most of my sales come through KDP because that’s the best option for a self pub author.

On the other hand, I know that Amazon is a corporation just like all corporations and that the workers are paid crap while the big head honcho, Jeff Bezos, sits on a pile of money that can never be spent in his lifetime. I also know that on sales like these, the employees are worked to the bone AND it clogs up the USPS system and that’s the last thing we need right with just a matter of weeks until an insanely crucial election. So…

NO PRIME DAY. Seriously, whatever it is you want to buy? It can wait. It can absolutely wait. I won’t lie. I’ve been on Amazon today and there’s a fair amount of stuff on sale that has made me go, hmmm, but NO. Its not worth it. It’s not worth the trouble it causes for the workers and Amazon needs to learn to pay their workers more and to stop funneling all the money into Jeff Bezo’s pockets.

Instead, today I want to highlight some of my favorite small businesses that deserve your money today SO much more! There are a handful of bookstores BUT there’s also some other cool stuff as well!

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Harry Potter Does Not Belong to Jo Rowling Anymore

There are people who will not agree with me on this and that is their prerogative. I know that this is a sensitive subject and I’m willing to bet there are people on all different sides of the spectrum when it comes to this.

To say that my heart is broken by Jo Rowling’s refusal to admit that she is anti-trans while continuing to try to defend herself by posting very anti-trans statements has broken my heart beyond anything that I can explain. This is a person that I’ve looked up to my entire life…since the moment that I picked up the first Potter book when I was only ten years old. For 22 years of my life, this has been a person that I have respected and loved and hero worshiped.

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I Haven’t Known Exactly What to Say But…I NEED to Say Something (#BlackLivesMatter)

I wanted to say something.

The world is intense right now. There’s no other way to describe it other than intense. Chaotic. A total mess. But the thing is – I don’t think its new. Its always been like that but its taken people in the streets for others to see it. Racism. Violence against people of color. Police brutality. Its been happening for years and years and years and people are fed up. They’re tired of it.

I know I’m tired of it.

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Blogversary Announcement – BENCHED, A New Adult Sports Romance, Coming September 2020!

Its What A Nerd Girl Says 8th Blogversary today!!

I can’t believe that this little ol’ blog has been around for eight years. I started this blog on a whim – I hardly thought it through. I think the only thing I truly thought through was the name, something that I’m SO glad I thought about because its been my moniker, my identity, for 8 years. This has been so insanely important to me. I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and was taking a look at my memories and I posted something that really resonated with me today. I didn’t celebrate much last year, mostly because I had started a new position at my work and had just moved into an apartment. But I really expressed myself well. Here’s what I wrote:

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32nd Birthday Post: 32 Books That Impacted Me in 32 Years of Life

Happy Birthday to Me! Today I am 32 years old, which sounds kind of crazy in my mind but I don’t feel 32 so there’s that. I feel like I can partly attribute that to the fact that most of my interests are the interests of teenagers – like YA books and movies and scene kid music – so it keeps me young and partly attributed to the fact that I am in better shape than I’ve probably ever been in my entire life.

Today I wanted to share with you guys some books that changed my life. There are SO many books that shaped my life. I’ve been reading my entire life, since I was roughly around 2 years old. Because of that, books are been a huge, huge, huge influence in my life. So to celebrate my 32nd rotation around the sun, I’m talking about 32 books that have made me the person I am today.

These are no particular order but there are definitely ones toward the top that mean more to me, of course, but all of these had an impact on me in some way, shape or form.


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My Goals for 2020 – Reading, Writing, Fitness, Health, LIFE!

Happy New Year everyone! We’ve made it to 2020, for better or for worse. We have an entire year ahead of us, and let’s make it a good one, right?

The beginning of 2019 was very brand new to me and not just because it was a new year. Every year, people all over the world set resolutions and goals and, let’s be real, a lot of us fail. It’s really easy to see the new year as a blank slate, as a full 365 (366 this year) day chance to be a better person and it’s also really easy to fall back on old habits. It takes a lot to change things that you want to change. And I’ve never really been able to accomplish it because I don’t think I ever wanted it that badly.

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