Today is yet another historic day here in the Republic of Ireland.
We have voted yes on the Abortion Referendum here. It is such a fantastic day for human rights and freedom for trans men, cis women, non-binary people, intersex people and basically for anyone who can give birth. Now we have choice after a resounding victory in favour of amending the constitution. Today we stand together and I thank all the people who couldn’t be affected by this decision for coming out and standing with us by voting yesterday in favour of our choices. Thank you so much.
It was a very proud moment for me voting yes yesterday. After the madness of the stigma put on people for having abortions for so many years where people who did would be made out to be “murderers” and people faced 14 years in prison for having an abortion, this day is liberating and historic. Today, like the day of the Marriage Referendum result in 2015, I feel emotional and immensely proud of my country. I was terrified about the result as it’s such a divisive issue and I’m so relieved and happy today.
But today has much sadness in it too. I think of Savita Halappanavar who died in 2012 after been denied an abortion and hearing the crowd at Dublin Castle on the news chanting her name following the result, seeing people at the mural of her and seeing her father’s message was very emotional. Her husband and family are in my thoughts very much today.
Rest in peace Savita.
Search For Maylee (2017) by Didi Oviatt is a wonderfully gripping read about a very important issue.
This book follows the protagonist Autumn as she sets about finding her niece Maylee who went missing close to her graduation from high school three years ago. Autumn begins to try to find Craig who she believes is involved in her disappearance and moves to where it is now thought he lives. Along the way she meets a group of young men including a central character called Jeremy who has many secrets of his own. Their combined secrets make for a very complex and interesting friendship. Among all this mystery and crime there is also some romance with Chance who has been working on Maylee’s case.
The love Maylee and Autumn have for one another is wonderful. It reminds of me and my sister’s relationship where we always look out for each other and it really pulled at my heartstrings the awful situation which they found themselves in. It was really very emotive and takes you really on this journey with Autumn caring about what happens. I like Autumn’s romance with Chance. They seem to bounce off each other very well. I couldn’t help thinking after finishing this book that his name was quite poignant.
My favourite character in the book was Josie who is a young woman who Autumn rescues from Craig and the other men keeping her and many other young women captive. The scenes were really heartbreaking and emotional and I had so much admiration for the character. I also liked other aspects of her personality. In the few scenes she was in the book I found she was a gentle, strong character with a lot of empathy and they are qualities I really like in people. So I would love to read a book to see how her story and how her life panned out.
What I love about the writing in this book is that it is very detailed. We get great background about the characters and brilliant pictures of the various scenes are painted. I also think that it speaks about a very important issue and the dangers that, in this case, young women face in an often danger-filled world. The only flaw I have with this book is that it didn’t feel very suspenseful in a way to me. There was many twists and turns but far in advance of the end the reader is told who is involved and I think to be suspenseful one person at least who is involved should be held back until the end. The mystery in this book is more whether Maylee is alive or not as opposed who is involved.
A really gorgeously crafted book by a very talented writer. Great attention to detail and a book with a lot of heart and filled to the brim with the emotions that people feel about those close to them. A fantastic read.
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The book club sits for coffee.
“I don’t dislike gay people but I wouldn’t like my son to be.”, says Betty.
I’m a gay man and straightforward.
Betty’s a bigot.
I won’t get into this.
Oh god no!
It’ll turn into Dr. Phil or Jeremy Kyle. My fellow book club members won’t allow me and Betty to politely have this out. They’ll say it’s her generation, religion. If those old chestnuts fail, her childhood, how she may not have known love. Instead I look at the glass bowl, hold back my thoughts, say with a smile,
“Another Custard Cream Betty?”
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For Friday Fictioneers Writing Prompt. Check out the website at:
David wanted to …
be like Jesus and walk on water,
play on the grass at Wembley,
be a big City lawyer
but for now he was sitting
in the sandpit at playschool
throwing a rant about his
For the secret keeper writing prompt #142:
(5) Words: | CITY | GRASS | PLAY | RANT | WATER |
Eden seized the gun,
Oh my god,
They had never felt
such fear before,
Why did I have to go
and witness a murder
of the countless people who could have?
Before they had only seen such things
written by a person on a page in a book
or in stage productions like The Mousetrap.
I’m too young to die and I refuse to.
For the secret keeper writing prompt #141:
(5) Words: | PAGE | GUN | YOUNG | PERSON | STAGE |
your show is about to stream
on the internet
but soon the dream was over
as her boyfriend began to tell
her to wake up,
breakfast was made.
For the secret keeper writing prompt #140:
(5) Words: | TELL | PACE | OVER | SHOW | STREAM |
For the secret keeper writing prompt #139:
(5) Words: | WRITE | NEVER | PLACE | SHOCK | MARK |
Mark never got over the shock
of what happened in that place
when his mother killed his father
and the press flapped around him
wanting to write about his experience.