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Friday, March 8, 2013

In celebration of International Women's Day

Women have sat indoors all these millions of years, so that by this time the very walls are permeated by their creative force, which has, indeed, so overcharged the capacity of bricks and mortar that it must needs harness itself to pens and brushes and business and politics.  
- Virginia Woolf

I recently wrote a blog post detailing my love for female authors (read it here), but in honor of International Women's Day, I thought I'd reaffirm that sentiment.

Since November, I have been acquainted with a writers' group here in Orange County comprised largely of women. Phenomenal women. Some of them have been published and some are just getting started. Some write romance, some write scifi, and so on. All have to balance jobs, or kids, or illness, or disability, or some combination of these and other responsibilities with their insatiable need to write. And still they find time. They find time not only to write, but to help each other grow as writers--critiquing, editing, encouraging, running "word sprints." It's inspiring and it's exciting. The world needs their voices and their experiences.

For anyone who wants to get into more female authors (and you should), here's a list from my favorite social networking website, Goodreads, of popular ones: http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/female-authors (And if you want to be Goodreads friends, feel free to add me!)

Happy International Women's Day, one and all!

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