My inbox is alive with the links of aweeeesommmmmmee!
There, now that's in your head along with mine, right? Good.
First up: another way to remember Linda Lael Miller's name. Many people see Lael Miller's name and think, “Cowboys.” I see her name and think “pet food,” because awhile back I ended up with a plastic lid for pet food cans with her name on it. But here's another: Linda Lael Miller's Scholarship Fund. I had no idea Linda Lael Miller did this, but here are the details from Meara:
I don't know if you are aware of this, but Linda Lael Miller has a scholarship for “non-traditional” female student. It's amazing. As a student with few monetary resources and even fewer scholarships and bursaries I can apply to (I'm in a professional program so why would I need money?), this type of grant is worth it's weight in gold. (And it's open to Canadians too, so yes I love love love Ms. Miller). I was too late to apply (it's closed now) but I think more people should know about it!
I wish more female-dominated, or even female-friendly professions and leaders would take the time to set up grants like this. It doesn't need to be a lot, for women struggling to finish their degrees and make a life for themselves even $100 is welcome. We've all been there – trying to make ends meet while slogging towards our dream.
Just wanted to share the joy!
The page about the scholarship says that Linda “donates all the honoraria from her engagements to her scholarship fund.”
That is BAD ASS AWESOME.
Graceful curtsey to Meara for the link and information!
Several readers have forwarded me this link, which I find fascinating. A young boy's prosthetic leg fell apart during a triathlon, and he couldn't fix it. Pfc. Matthew Morgan put 11 year old Ben Baltz on his back and ran the rest of the race with him.
The pictures of the finish went viral in a hurry, but what I find most interesting is that while Pfc. Morgan gets all kinds of mad props for helping Baltz, but Baltz himself was a bit nonplussed about the whole thing:
After the screws in his prosthetic leg came loose Ben sat there wondering whether he should crawl or hop the rest of the way there, and in the middle of doing so a marine by the name of Matthew Morgan who was volunteering at the youth event stepped in and asked young Ben Baltz if he needed some help. For the next half mile, Ben held onto Pfc. Morgan with one arm and his prosthetic leg with the other. Ben said he and Morgan didn’t really speak after their first exchange, but more Marines gathered around and sang a cadence.
Ben Baltz was grateful to the marine for all his help, but he says he is a little frustrated and embarrassed that he couldn’t complete the course on his own.
Not all of the news stories carried Baltz's reaction, but I love the addition of his perspective, especially since he's an athlete and has been since before his leg was amputated at age 6. That's a lot of conflict and admiration in one story.
Jennifer Estep forwarded me some cool news: an anthology she's part of, Entangled, which features paranormal short stories from Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a novella by Allison Brennan, went on sale in Septemeber.
Since then it has raised more than $11,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Stephanie Laurens is asking for reader input for the cover of her next book. The covers are all very different looks for a Laurens novel, with the exceptions of the woman in the yellow and the close up of her face. Which do you like best?
The Lawrence Public Library in Kansas has created Banned Books Trading Cards, with featured graphics created by local artists.
That is SO COOL. You can buy your own set, and all proceeds go to the artists and the library. Or, you can travel to Lawrence and get a set in person and high five the librarians, which is a very tempting option, I must say.
Thanks to Twitter and GalleyCat for the link.
More fun from Sarah D., who found HistoryPin and emailed it to me, whereupon I lost about 2 hours looking at everyone's pictures. It's like Ancestry.com crossed with Pinterest. To quote Sarah, “It is a crowdsourced database of historical information: you “pin” your story, photo, etc to a particular geographic location and date in time.”
Via a link from the Under the Covers book blog, here are more books on sale – including some from Kensington, which is Greek for “ALL YOUR COUPONS WORK WITH US!”
I love the Aiken Dragon books, especially the first three. They are like uber-campy, ultra-violent, female-centric fairy tales. Like, you might want to go sword shopping after you finish one. I loved reading them.
Dragon Actually by G. A. Aiken * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | iBooks
- Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper * $2.99 * A | BN | K | S | iBooks
Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sevic * $0.99 * A | BN | K | S
- Hot Stuff by Carly Phillips * $1.00 * A | BN | K | S | iBooks
I've had The Gift of Fear recommended to me twice now. Would you recommend reading it? What did you think?