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Month: July 2015 (page 2 of 3)


So often we don’t tell our stories because we think we are the story. We are not. It is not our shame; it is someone else’s. Heed these words to get you through.

flip the script

Sometimes you reach a point in the story you are writing where there is a shift in the narrative. The character makes a decision or a discovery that changes everything. The direction you thought the story was going in has been rerouted. Something new is up ahead.

I want to remember to never be afraid of the rewrites, even when the story I am writing is my own.

I still cannot bring myself to watch Fruitvale Station. It scrolls by in my Netflix feed, and I always pause, but inevitably I scroll past it; the pain of all that came before and after is still too raw.

I have been out of commission for the last ten days fussing with my eye problems. Today for the first time, I was able to get both contact lenses in without any huge problems. Well, so far. We’ll see how it goes throughout the day.

I have done more research on eye infections and homeopathic remedies in the last week than ever before. I can tell you all about chamomile eye wash and saline solutions.

I hope this never happens again.

‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I write you in your 15th year. I am writing you because this was the year you saw Eric Garner choked to death for selling cigarettes; because you know now that Renisha McBride was shot for seeking help, that John Crawford was shot down for browsing in a department store. And you have seen men in uniform drive by and murder Tamir Rice, an 12-year-old child whom they were oath-bound to protect. And you know now, if you did not before, that the police departments of your country have been endowed with the authority to destroy your body. It does not matter if the destruction is the result of an unfortunate overreaction. It does not matter if it originates in a misunderstanding. It does not matter if the destruction springs from a foolish policy. Sell cigarettes without the proper authority and your body can be destroyed. Turn into a dark stairwell and your body can be destroyed. The destroyers will rarely be held accountable. Mostly they will receive pensions.

Source: ‘Between the World and Me’ by Ta-Nehisi Coates – The Atlantic

Turquoise Slouchy Beanie by TheHappyHookerLA on Etsy

The turquoise slouchy beanie is a crochet hat made to fit snugly at the band, but roomy enough on the inside to allow for big hair, locs, or

Source: Turquoise Slouchy Beanie by TheHappyHookerLA on Etsy

Just added a new item to the shop. These hats have become very popular with people I know who have locs and big, natural hair. It is a custom order item, and it can be made in any color. Get one for yourself!

In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of The Happy Hooker LA, coupon code FIRSTANNIVERSARY gives you 15% off any order of $20 or more.

The GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update Part 2 Is Now Available


Part 2 of The Ill-Gotten Gains Update for GTA Online delivers desirable new vehicles, unforgiving new weapons and clothes to make you stand out in a crowd. For the unconventional, the Coil Brawler is a luxury sports-styled off-roader with raised suspension and a 400 horsepower engine that will muscle its way over any terrain. If top speed is what matters most, the Progen T20 is among the fastest cars to ever arrive in Los Santos, and the Vapid Chino brings some old school sedan brawn to your vehicle collection, while the Dinka Vindicator motorcycle adds agility and speed, featuring a kinetic energy recovery system (KERS) that stores energy from braking and delivers a burst of speed on activation.

Source: The GTA Online ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update Part 2 Is Now Available | Rockstar Games


How excited are you for the latest GTA Update? The cars look nice, the clothes got an upgrade, and there are more things to spend money on, but not more ways to make said money.

Rockstar continues to price things in such a way as to attempt to make Shark Cards a necessity. Stop trying to make fetch happen, Rockstar.

The update includes patches to various bugs as usual.


Twitter Bio #2

monique judge. reader. writer. word nerd. coffee addict. tequila snob. favorite auntie. information curator. freelancer.

No, this is not my first ever Twitter bio.

Because we never know when Twitter may go away or decide to delete everything, and because bios change frequently depending on what kind of mood we are in, I’ve decided to archive mine here.

My current Twitter bio:

monique judge. writer. journalist. storyteller. media literacy advocate. coffee addict. tequila snob. Twerk Champion

Los Angeles Times hires ‘Black Twitter’ reporter 

A leaked internal memo from Los Angeles Times Managing Editor S. Mitra Kalita alerted the newspaper’s staff that journalist Dexter Thomas was recently hired to cover “Black Twitter,” along with other online communities including “Black Medium” and “Latino Tumblr.”

Source: Los Angeles Times hires ‘Black Twitter’ reporter – The Washington Post

Imagine that. A reporter with a beat assignment that covers all things colored on social media.

Starbucks price increase coming soon


As the AP mentions, J.M. Smucker Co. recently announced that prices for its Folgers and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee brands would drop, thanks to “sustained declines in the green coffee futures market.” But Starbucks is more than a coffee shop. There’s the food, the rent, the marketing, and an escalating budget for black markers that baristas use to incorrectly write your name on cups. All of that costs money and all of that factors into the price hike.

Source: Alert: Starbucks Hikes Up Price of Small and Large Coffees

ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two Coming to GTA Online Next Week | Rockstar Games

The second haul of high-end goods currently en route to Los Santos’ luxury shops and dealerships. We’re pleased to announce that the Ill-Gotten Gains Update: Part Two will arrive for all platforms next week, on Wednesday July 8th. This new collection of extravagant attire and potent transportation also includes the debut of the previously PC-exclusive ‘The Lab’ radio station across all four console platforms.

Source: ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update: Part Two Coming to GTA Online Next Week | Rockstar Games

Rumor has it that this will likely be the last update we will see on PS3 or Xbox 360, so enjoy it. Even the more robust features of the new updates are only available on next gen platforms.

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