Sharing our stories, not sharing our stories

It seems that each day, new stories appear on the news of men who have been called out for sexually harassing and sexually assaulting women they know. On one hand, it’s been amazing to watch these men actually facing consequences for their actions. On the other hand, it is very difficult for a survivor to watch. Suddenly, the daily news is rife with triggering stories.

The flip-side of these stories of harassers is the stories that go with them of women who are brave enough to come forward and share their stories of assault. As a person who waited years to share my story, I know how difficult this can be. I found this article that reminds women that it’s okay NOT to share your story.

Never feel that you have to share your story in order to be brave. Remember that simply getting up every day is an act of bravery and strength.

Happy New Year!


Well, we have made it to the end of 2016. It has been a rough year all around and I, for one, am not sad to see it go. 2017 will be a year of unknowns and I’m sure it will hold many challenges.

I wanted to take a moment to wish all of you a very happy New Year. My “resolutions” if you can call them that focus on self-improvement. I hope to continue writing, both here on the blog as well as my fiction work that I have been trying to improve this year. I have also been attempting to improve my French skills this year and hope to work more on that in the coming year. An overarching resolution is to improve my productivity in all facets of my life.

I would also like to ask for suggestions from you, my readers. What kind of content are you interested in hearing about in 2017? This has been a main reason for my lack of blogging this year. I am not sure what direction to take this blog. Any suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated. As survivors, what do you need to hear or to learn more about?

Take care tonight, be safe, and enjoy your New Year’s celebrations. May 2017 bring positive changes in your life.

Happy New Year!

Isn’t it the truth?





Dream a New Dream…



The Hunting Ground

CNN is airing the documentary, “The Hunting Ground” tonight at 8:00. It’s about sexual assault on college campuses. I am about to watch it. I’ll let you know my thoughts afterward.

People You May Know

What do you do when your rapist shows up on your Facebook feed?  Thankfully, mine is not on Facebook.  But his friends are.  His coworkers.  A mutual friend once told me, “Mark says hi! He asks how you are doing?”  That was one of the most triggering things anyone has ever said  to me.  It reminded me that he was still out there, living his life, going to work, chatting with friends.  People were his friends. People who didn’t know what he was.

This video is is very powerful.  Watch with care.  The poet’s bravery shines through.

The accompanying article tells his story.

The Far-reaching Effects of Domestic Violence

University of New England Online

The Obligatory NaNoWriMo Blog Post

So…I’m trying this NaNoWriMo thing again!

In which Aimee loses her mind, yet again.

In which Aimee loses her mind, yet again.

If you’ve been reading for quite some time, you may remember that I NaNo’d two years ago.  It was the first I had ever heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for those of you who may not know) and I was very excited.  While I did not write the requisite 50,000 words, I did indeed write around 10,000.  I felt pretty darned good about that.

Then the following year, I tried NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month or something like that) where you vow to write a blog post each day throughout the month of November.  This was more successful, and I think I posted 26 posts out of the 30 days.

What I found out doing Nano the first time was that I am totally not prepared to write an actual novel.  So I’m bending the extremely flexible Nano rules this time and writing a collection of short stories.  This suits my writing style better and I feel I will be much more successful.

I won’t go on and on, but keep your eye on the widget in the sidebar.  It should update my wordcount throughout the month.  I’ve got 1800 or so words for this first day.  Anyone care to join me????

Aimee (who you may or may not hear from for the next 30 days!)


Prayers For My Students

Well, the heavens opened up last night and it was not pretty. Thank God, we had no flooding at the OneWoman household…I have been there, done that, and don’t want to do it again!

As I sat in my nice dry home last night, though, my Facebook feed was a non-stop deluge of posts about flooded basements, flooded streets, cars underwater, More

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