What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

I'm now famous...sort of.

Last year I entered NaNoWriMo...a writing contest in which all contestants spend the month of November beginning and hopefully finishing a novel - 50,000 words - in 30 days. I didn't finish. But I was invited - with everyone else who competed - all 101,000 of us!!!! to submit an article about what has happened to us since being touched by NaNoWriMo...well, my article was selected. You can read it here: ONE HUNDRED AND ONE THOUSAND other people will...or maybe more....cause the contest sort of has a way of doubling every year....

Then again, since I'm part of Seth Godin's Triiibe.com experience....and possibly part of a book he's publishing in Oct....still have my fingers crossed on that one...and there are 3,500 people on the triiibes.com site reading my stuff....maybe it'll be closer to half a million people reading this blog. Isn't the internet wonderful! And yet...we're still no closer to an apology. Oh...here's the blog...

NaNoWriMo True-Life Tale: Becky Blanton
Lindsey Grant @ Wed, 2008-08-20 15:56

"But I got inspired by the whole experience, joined http://www.elance.com., got tired of my sucky job and started ghostwriting other people's books."

"After living in my van for 18 months with a dog and my cat (I'm 52 —it wasn't an interim college thing) trying to write my life's story, I gave up and got a job and an apartment and entered my first NaNoWriMo last year. I didn't finish.

But I got inspired by the whole experience, joined http://www.elance.com, got tired of my sucky job and started ghostwriting other people's books. I finished 12 ebooks for a total of 50,000 words, and then another—my first freelance book of 20,000 words on business(boring)—in a month! Yeah!

I now have five more books in the pipes (contracts), a really, really good agent, and am ghosting books for two celebrities. Cool. Now that I know I can actually start and finish A BOOK, I know I'll finish my own book this fall!

Oh, and I started a blog about the demon spawn at my old work place (http://www.danvilleva.blogspot.com), got fired, and celebrated 'cause I'm making more money than I did as an undervalued, unappreciated, much bullied whistle-blowing news hack. Life is good. When one door slams someone opens a window. Stand still and wait for the breeze."

—Becky Blanton

Becky lives in the south, speaks fluent redneck, and loves anything fried. Last year was her first NaNoWriMo—which her employer sabotaged with overtime once he found out she was doing it—but what the heck? He's a demon spawn anyway and she knew it. Just helped her decide to vacate the cubicles of hell faster.

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