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Five Star Friday's 253rd Edition Is Brought to You By Lee Child

This week's Five Star Friday is brought to you by making your own blogging rules, sexuality and race in the time of Miley, the anxiety of early adulthood, a poor excuse for twerking, and

Lee Child

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Lee Child interview #04

photo credit: Fenris Oswin

Writing is showbusiness for shy people. That's how I see it.
— Lee Child

Happy Friday!

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15 Things You Absolutely Must Know About Social Media or Your Face Will Melt Off and Get Eaten By Goats

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Jenny Lawson

at

The Bloggess

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There are no real rules or magic potions. Blogging success is fleeting, fickle, and largely based on luck (much like everything else in the world). This might seem depressing, but in a way it’s rather freeing.

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When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

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Tressie McMillan Cottom

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tressiemc

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I am no real threat to white women's desirability. Thus, white women have no problem cheering their husbands and boyfriends as they touch me on the dance floor. I am never seriously a contender for acceptable partner and mate for the white men who ask if their buddy can put his face in my cleavage. I am the thrill of a roller coaster with safety bars: all adrenaline but never any risk of falling to the ground.

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A Sun Room of One's Own

" by Angela at

In the Land of Twenty

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I take the highway to my parents house and already I can feel my muscles lessening their grip on my insides. I am angry at myself for not being able to find this peace in my own place. How long have I waited to get there? How long have I dreamed of living on my own?

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The Trouble With Miley

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Carolyn Edgar

at

CarolynEdgar.com

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Call it jacking. Call it paying homage. But when it's done with respect for the source; when it's done with precision and attention to detail and respect for the art and the craft — even when we call it "appropriation," we can acknowledge and even reward talent and hard work.
Miley did nothing well.

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