If the Daughters of Zeus were Disney Princesses

I’m sure one of these lists has been done for Greek goddesses, but not my version of the Greek goddesses from the Daughters of Zeus series. So why not join in on the fun?

These are my characters, represented by disney princesses.

Persephone

 

Small and fluffy, but mighty. I probably was channeling a good bit of Tangled while I wrote Persephone. Persephone was also kept from the world she belonged in by a deceptive (though considerably more well-intentioned) parent. She dove into that world with bravery and determination, even though it frightened her. She mastered powers that would otherwise be used to control her. Plus she’s all about sunshine and flowers. Rapunzel makes the perfect Persephone.

Aphrodite

This one was too easy. A redhead that emerged from the sea who is completely new at this whole acting human thing? She uses bad guys as a means to an end, trusts people way too fast, and has a fiery temper. The Little Mermaid is absolutely the best disney princess to represent Aphrodite.

 Athena

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This is probably the biggest stretch,  but hear me out. Belle is book smart, but not that great with people. If you take her romance with the Beast completely out of the equation, she’s a perfect Athena.

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Artemis

Artemis was tough. I kept wanting to cast her as Merida because of the arrows and the aversion to marriage, but she’s so much more kick-but than that. So consider her a cross between Merida and Mulan.

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Plagued by powers she doesn’t understand and can’t control, used as a scapegoat for a political takeover, fiercely pragmatic and more than a little sad, Elsa is a perfect Helen of Troy. I do wish mine had gotten a better ending.

 

 

 

 

And of course, I can’t forget these guys

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Which disney character would you cast as your favorite god or goddess?

 

Sexting: A PSA

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You know those really annoying slide shows you have to sit through sometimes in school designed to scare the bejesus out of you before you do something stupid? Don’t drive drunk, don’t have sex, don’t do drugs, that kind of thing?

Well, once upon a time, I had to do one of those presentations for teen sexting. More specifically, sending nude photographs. I’ve seen a lot of tweets and statuses about certain celebrities leaking their own nudes as an empowerment thing rather than having someone else leak them under circumstances beyond their control. But a few months ago, a situation came up a few months ago that made me realize a lot of minors don’t realize the consequences of sending naked pictures of themselves.

I’m not talking about the social implications. I’m not talking about the fact that people could share them or the person you’re sharing them with might not be who they say they are. I’m not even talking about the popular shame-aspects. I’m talking about the legal ramifications.

Now, I can’t speak to states other than Georgia, but Georgia has this law about minors. They can’t consent to sexual activity, including sending nude photographs of themselves. That law is there to protect those minors who get sexually involved with adults in a world where all too often, we blame the victim. According to Georgia law, minors cannot consent. Period.

But sometimes laws can turn against the very people they are designed to protect. A minor in possession of their own nude photograph has technically committed a misdemeanor under Georgia law (Georgia Annotated Code section16-12-100). Sending that photograph to another minor is a second misdemeanor (Georgia Annotated Code section 16-12-100.1). This, by the way, means the person receiving the pictures (assuming they were sent consensually) has committed a misdemeanor as well by simply being in possession of the photograph. If that person passes the photo along to someone else without the explicit permission of the person photographed, they’ve committed a felony according to Georgia law. That felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor if it’s determined that the person sending the photos to other people didn’t have malicious intent, but a court has to determine that after the accusation has been made.(Georgia Annotated Code section 16-12-100.2)

 

Minors possessing nude photographs of themselves without any intention to distribute them are also in violation of federal laws under the protect act (18 U.S.C. § 1466A(a)(1).). If a  person asks a minor to take photographs of themselves can also be prosecuted and parents who allow their minor to take nude (or photographs of a sexual nature) of themselves can be charged as well (18 U.S.C. § 2251.). Technically, the very act of sending nudes of minors (even if they’re of yourself) using technology is considered child pornography, which opens up a whole new set of charges (18 U.S.C. §§ 2252, 2252A.). It’s unlikely a teen who sent naked photographs of their own volition would ever be charged with federal offenses (they prefer to keep these things at the state level), it could happen (18 U.S.C. § 5032.).

So, in other words, if you are under the age of eighteen, don’t take naked photos of yourself. Not because you should be ashamed of your body, not because it’s so easy to lose control of a digital image, not because 10 years from now an employer could uncover the photo on your facebook, or any of the billion reasons people like to throw at teens. Don’t do it because you could end up defending your choice in court. It happens. A lot. Really.  And definitely, under no circumstances, ask another teen for those images or god forbid, send a picture of another minor to another person. You’re breaking all kinds of laws.

This PSA has been brought to you by someone who is really glad this wasn’t a thing when she was a teenager quaking in terror of the day my child becomes of a teenager.

 

Dating Anniversary

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So, I know this is silly. I just celebrated my ten year wedding anniversary. But today is the thirteenth anniversary of the day my husband and I started to date. He proposed two years later on the same date. And I’m still a bit bitter about the fact that we didn’t get married on this date in 2006. But it wasn’t a Saturday and it was also after the college semester started, which meant not only would our honeymoon result in some major missed classes, but none of our friends or family would have been able to go.

Maybe if I was really attached to the date, we would have waited until we graduated to get married. But then we would have run into the same problem with grad school and if we’d postponed from there that would make this our one year anniversary, so yikes. Maybe not.

But wedding anniversary or not, today still holds a special place in my heart. So I’m off to spend it with the husband.

Have a great day everyone.

Friday Faves: Writing T-Shirts

A few weeks ago, I posted my favorite litograph shirts, which are shirts made up of the words of different books. This week, I thought I’d share my favorite writing t-shirts. So here they are in no particular order. One day I hope to own them all.

These shirts came from two different websites. Tee-Spring and SunFrog. Check them out.

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Best Young Adult Persephone and Hades Retellings

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There are a lot of Persephone and Hades retellings out there. Believe it or not, that wasn’t the case back when I wrote Persephone. In the year I worked on Persephone, so did several other completely unconnected authors. I’ve been told this is a common phenomenon in publishing. An idea gets in the air, and several different people catch it.

My version is a bit different than most of these in that it’s a truly modern day retelling of the myth. My Persephone is THE Persephone. Not Persephone reincarnated. Not a girl living through a similar story. Some of the myths have already happened in my world, but the majority are still unfolding in new and interesting ways.

Here are some of my favorite retellings out there. If I miss any, go ahead and add them to the list in the comments below.

The Abandon Series by Meg Cabot 

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A modern day retelling that reincarnates the Persephone myth in a new generation.

The Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter

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In this series, the Persephone myth happened in the past, and now Hades is searching for a new bride.

 

The Everneath Series by Brodi Ashton

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Aren’t those covers amazing? Ashton weaves in several myths in a modern day almost retelling. Like many of the other series, this protagonist isn’t THE Persephone, but a person from modern times thrust into a similar role.

The Blooming Goddess Series by Tellulah Darling

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A hysterical take on the Persephone myth. This book is so much fun, give it a try.

Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman

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This book predates mine, and it’s amazing. It’s a retelling of the original Persephone myth set in ancient times.

The Crysomelia Series by Molly Ringle

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More of a new adult novel, but still a faithful retelling of the Persephone myth. This version features a Persephone and Hades who are frequently reincarnated and find each other over multiple lifetimes. Check out my review here.

The Forbidden Games  Series by L.J Smith

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An oldie but goody. Definitely captures the spirit of the Persephone myth in Jenny and Julian.

If I’ve forgotten any YA versions of Persephone, add them to the list in the comments OR on the Goodreads list I’ve created for Young adult Persephone retellings here.

 

 

Recovering from a tonsillectomy

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I’m combining the days after recovery into large groups, because otherwise things are going to get pretty repetitive.

Pain

Day 3: Day three was pretty rough from a pain perspective. Bella didn’t want to get out of bed for a few hours on Sunday morning, even after her pain meds kicked in. She kept complaining that her head, tummy, and throat hurt. Thanks to the blogs I wrote covering day three post op for me, I knew to expect swelling on these days and I knew eating was going to get harder.

She perked up in the afternoon, and got downright hyper that night. When she finally got to sleep, she slept really well.

Day 4: Another rough morning, but not as bad as yesterday. She’s still complaining about her head and stomach. In the afternoon, she was hit with intense eat pain that the ibuprofen and her pain meds didn’t even touch. We did all the tricks, gum chewing, cold and hot compresses, everything. She was still miserable for the whole day.

That night we did take her to see fireworks and that got her mind off it for a little while, but all round, a rough day.

Day 5: Slept through the night without any pain medicine, but work up the next morning in agony. She took her medicine, but again, the biggest issue, the ear pain, didn’t really seem to be helped by the medicine. She felt better after breakfast (I think the chewing does help), but not by much. Watched a lot of movies today and snuggled.

Day 6-7: Woke up fine, was fine all day except night time

Day 8: Did fine for morning, had a rough afternoon and a rough night. Scabs look like they came off, so that’s to be expected.

Day 9-10: I think we’re over the worst of it. She still hurts sometimes, but mostly at night and by far less than she used to.

Food

For breakfast pretty much every day, Bella ate eggs, greek yogurt, and a banana. That’s a lot of chewing, so I made sure her pain meds had plenty of time to kick in before I fed her breakfast. She tended to eat the yogurt first, so she had something on her stomach. Then take her morning dose of pain killers or ibuprofen, and then by the time I cooked the eggs and got my breakfast on the table, she was ready for her eggs and banana.

For lunch Bella ate shaped pastas with different soft veggies mixed in. Different sauces gave her some variety.

For dinner, Bella had soups or mashed potatoes. She doesn’t like soup much, so she didn’t eat much, but by dinner, she wasn’t eating much anyway. It gets harder to chew as the day goes on. I made sure to include a smoothie or a carnation instant breakfast with her dinner so what she drank had some nutritional value.

Getting her to drink was the hardest thing. I ended up just having to do a verbal reminder to drink a sip of water or Gatorade every five to ten minutes. Between meals, she had ice cream or popsicles, so hopefully her throat was staying moist and that was doing something to hydrate her.

Entertainment

For the first three days after surgery, we stayed home. She watched a season of How to Train Your Dragon: Race to the Edge, played minecraft, and School of Dragons. When she got restless with screen time, I had puzzles, board games, worksheets, and girl scout activities to do. The more time went on, the faster she cycled from one to another, getting bored faster and faster.

So on day four, incidentally the fourth of July, we started small outings. She went to a fireworks show on the fourth, and over the next few days we left for quiet, indoor activities like puppet shows, movies, and such.

 

I’m going to stop blogging now, because at this point it’s getting pretty repetitive, and she should be fully recovered within the next few days. If anything crazy happens, I’ll mention it. But for the purposes of helping parents know what to expect, this should be plenty.

I’m happy to answer any questions.

Tonsillectomy Master Post

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Two years ago, my tonsils were taken out, and I blogged about it. Extensively. Why? Well, when I’m worried about something, I deal with it by researching the thing that bothers me to death. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I  read every book on pregnancy and every blog I could find. I took every class offered. It’s how I coped with the terrifying unknown.

There wasn’t much out there on grown-ups getting their tonsils taken out, so I decided to chronicle my recovery so other people like me would have at least a little something more. And man, am I glad I did, because now it’s my daughter’s turn to get her tonsils removed. I’ve been reading over my old post, trying to figure out what to expect and what to buy before tomorrow morning.

That’s when I discovered it’s really hard to navigate old posts. So I’m putting all the posts here in one easy to click on place.

Mostly for my benefit, but hey, it might help someone else out, too. I’ll also be blogging about Bella’s procedure and recovery and adding those links to this posts as I go along. That’ll make it easy to compare and contrast for anyone wondering about the differences in recovery between adult and child.

Adult Tonsillectomy 

The day of the surgery

Day 2

Tonsillectomy Day 3

Tonsillectomy Day 4 and 5

Stopped blogging at this point because all the updates were basically the exact same (throat sore but tolerable in slightly lesser increments) until…

Recovery from Tonsillectomy (Day 11)

 

Child Tonsillectomy

The day of the surgery

Recovery day one and two

Recovery day 3-10