Hi, and welcome back to my Goodreads short blog. Last month I talked about my new anthology, Equality Equality What Do You Think About When You Think of Equality? by Paul Alan Fahey. I hope you had a chance to read that excerpt on Medium. If not, check out my previous post on January 7th titled, "Equality: Now More Than Ever."

Writing a book, at least for me and many of my writer pals, is the fun part. Granted it's not an easy ride all the way. There are plenty of false starts, dead ends, and other troublesome road signs ahead. But once we get started, our engines are revved and we're passionate about our storyline, theme, and characters; we can't wait to share them with our readers.

Now here's the hard part. Promotion. Trust me, this can be fun as well, but mostly it's hard work and takes a lot of time and effort, and often time away from our next writing project.

So what I've decided to do is present little excerpts from our anthology for the next few months. My hope is these little gems will pique your interest and you'll want to read more about the topic. And you know what? The ebook is available in Kindle and Nook formats for only $2.99, and in paperback as well. Now that's a deal, isn't it?

Okay, let's let the writers speak for themselves. Up first is a short sample from the essay titled "Inequality" by Felice Picano, a respected and well known writer of many books of poetry, memoir, fiction, and nonfiction. Nights at Rizzoli by Felice Picano

Felice was also a contributor to my previous anthology: The Other Man The Other Man 21 Writers Speak Candidly about Sex, Love, Infidelity, & Moving on by Paul Alan Fahey. And I couldn't wait to get him back for Equality.

From "Inequality" by Felice Picano:

"Equality is a word that has always seemed to be by definition its opposite or negative value—inequality. Like effable and estimable and eluctable and tractable and well, you know all those words are best, or only, known by their opposite.
Semantic joking aside, probably the first thing any child learns in life is that things that actually exist are for the most part unequal—especially the child itself."

Interesting, no?

Here's another snippet from writer Eldonna Edwards. Eldonna is a journaling workshop facilitator, and author of two popular journaling books and a memoir. Lost in Transplantation Memoir of an Unconventional Organ Donor by Eldonna Edwards

Eldonna's essay titled "Body Language: The Naked Truth" is an intimate exploration of individuality and the equality of the human spirit.

From "Body Language: The Naked Truth" by Eldonna Edwards:

"When I stand at the head of my massage table, especially with a new client, I have no idea if they might be gay or straight, liberal or conservative, carnivore or vegetarian, devoutly religious or religiously atheist. Along with their clothes, people shed any measure of social status or political leanings. They are not equal in size or colour or shape or age, but each human being comes to the massage table with the same desire: to be treated with kindness and respect. My goal is to meet them heart to heart rather than through the membrane of our divisive labels. I endeavor to apply the same philosophy outside my massage practice and being human, I sometimes fail. So why is it so difficult to live genuine loving-kindness in the “real” world?"

Good question, Eldonna, and one most of us are asking ourselves on a pretty regular basis today given the current socio-political climate in America.

Like what you've read?

I sure hope so.

I'll be back again soon with more words on equality. Now more than ever is a time to have a discussion on this very important topic. I look forward to reading your comments on this post.

The best is yet to come.

Warmly,

Paul
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Published on February 06, 2017 12:33 • 178 views • Tags: equality-lgbtq, memoir, nonfiction, personal-essay, political, social

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