She Sedd Press

20 10 2014

Greetings!

She Sedd Press is your new source of great stories.

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Check out the first title, The Clear Case, which comes out November 21, 2014!

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Check back soon for more information on upcoming projects and titles.

In the meantime, check out the exciting webcomic, Good Graces, starring Mel Gance and Grace Springfield of The Clear Case!

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Evoking Lincoln: The Internet Address

19 11 2013

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Eleven score and seventeen years ago, our political leaders brought forth on this continent, a new system, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil debate, testing whether that system, or any system so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great platform of that debate. We have come to dedicate a portion of that platform, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that system might change. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we cannot consecrate — we can not hollow — this platform. The brave people, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or retract. The world will note, and long remember what we say here, and it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, too, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is now for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from all honored dead we take increased devotion to the causes for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that the dead will never die in vain — that this system, with empathy, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that system of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the universe.





A Culture of Because

1 10 2013

i+best+be+getting+a+doot+doot+sometime+soon+or+_d6f2ed4777f6d7e24af6acf983c1688fI was thinking recently about how we solve conflicts as human beings, particularly in the west. We end conflicts through force, hostility, war. We end conflicts in punishment. We end conflicts in revenge.

These concepts are all weirdly capitalistic. An action as a cost. You do something wrong, you must “pay the price.” There are a lot of weird economic phrases when it comes to talking about “justice,” and that makes me think it isn’t justice at all.

Because I’ll show you, not because I said so





Dance-Movie Derby: Strictly Ballroom

1 10 2013

ImageTo resume the Derby, since I’m feeling blog rusty, I will talk to you about an Australian film by Baz Luhrmann, Strictly Ballroom.

I think this is a really great dance movie because it deals with a topic that is one of my favorites: authenticity. There’s a great dynamic reminiscent of Trilling’s work Sincerity and Authenticity, which, if you know me at all, you know I love.

Strictly Ballroom deals with artistic authenticity, personal authenticity, racial/cultural authenticity, and the courage to assert authenticity.

Scott Hastings is a talented competitive ballroom dancer, a young man with a bright future. He is the son of ballroom teacher Shirley and retired, reserved dancer, Doug. Though he is poised to be a champion, the actual championship has become less appealing….

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“Don’t Look At What I’m Eating.” The Contamination of an Eating Disorder

6 08 2013

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I have not been hospitalized for an eating disorder. I actually never admitted to a healthcare professional that I engaged in Anorexic behavior until I was in college.

This post might be triggering for people still fighting eating disorders intensely, but it’s not meant to be. I just want to talk about the underlying foundation, that which never really goes away.

An eating disorder is kind of like a meth lab. You can remove all of the toxic elements; the beakers and chemicals. But the ground below the structure is polluted, contaminated. There will always be a footprint.

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I Dreamed of Middle School and Found Apathy

18 07 2013

Puberty is awful.My mom once said that she thought middle school existed to protect little kids from the monsters that are 12 — 14 year olds. I asked her why we couldn’t just go on to high school, and she shrugged.

Now thinking back on it, I wonder if maybe they isolated us not only to protect little kids, but to protect us from the massive culture shock that is high school. Maybe they think that kids just hitting puberty can’t handle a schooling situation where the grades literally impact the rest of your life.

If you do poorly in high school, your life is over. That’s what they taught me.

If I do poorly in middle school, my life is over.

I gave way too many fucks in middle school. I realize this now.

Do people still say “Da bomb”?





The Limitations of Language: High School Students Recite the Pledge in Arabic, People Piss Themselves.

30 01 2013

I try not to be terribly combative in real life. It’s a struggle because I have a temper. I have discovered an activity that helps me be more patient and also helps me analyze political and social issues to a much more fine degree.

I read Todd Starnes’s Fox opinion blog. It’s kind of like a conservative gawker in a weird way. His posts are very short and generally express anguish over something somebody else has done. He also enjoys declaring wars for others, like a liberal “war” on Christianity, or whatever.

So, some Colorado students as part of a multicultural club decided to say the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. People would’ve likely not gotten too upset if they had not used the  Arabic cognate “allah” instead of “god.”

Where my education lies, however, is not with Starnes, but with the comment section (I was recently banned; a revelation of how variations on the “report” button make it easy to censor alternative views). It was an opportunity for me to converse with those who disagree with me over almost everything. People get very upset with me in conservative forums and comment sections. They attack me, are sexist, degrading, threatening, or insult me for having gone to Berkeley. I’m kind of used to it, unfortunately.

Where I learn things, however, is in my use of Aristotelian rhetoric. I simply ask questions.

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U Mad?








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