Cold Light – by Traci L. Slatton – book review

Cold Light by Traci Slatton

Cold Light is the second book in the After Series by Traci L. Slatton. The first book is called Fallen, and I fell in love with it immediately.

I recommend reading Fallen before reading Cold Light, in order to get the full story. That being said, I think Cold Light might stand up on its own. Some of what happened in the first book is mentioned, or at least eluded to, in the second book.

Cold Light picks up not long after Fallen ends, in a post-apocalyptic world that is in constant danger. Mists that eat metal, turn buildings to dust, and dissolve people, are still roaming the world. In addition, there is the danger that happens when desperate people, struggling to survive, see others as their enemy.

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Hearthstone: Tournament Grounds Card Back

Tournament Grounds card back

The Tournament Grounds card back was the card back for the seventeenth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season. To earn this card back, players had to reach Rank 20 (or higher) in Ranked Play before the end of August of 2015.

The Tournament Grounds card back was released shortly after The Grand Tournament expansion became available. The expansion, and the cards it contained, were released on August 24, 2015. The Tournament Grounds card back wasn’t released until September 1, 2015.

The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on August 16, August 17, and September 7, 2015.

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Jen Recommends: Catfish, Angry Jack, and Tea

Cup of Tea by Ed Kohler on Flickr

“Jen Recommends” is a new series at No Market Collective. Each week, I collect up the content that I consumed so that I can share it with others. This is my way of encouraging myself to take breaks from creating content so that I can consume the awesome videos, podcasts, movies, TV shows, that other people created.

This week, I have three items that have something to do with “catfish” (in different ways). I’ve got a video series that explains what Gamergate was (and why it happened). I’ve also got a fantastic video that starts with a cup of tea and teaches people about consent.

This week, I selected a podcast tha...

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Twitter Haiku: Danger Danger

Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino

September has been filled with all manner of dangers. My nearest neighbors have inspired several haiku of frustration over the past few weeks. If they aren’t making noise by doing home improvement, they’re “having a domestic” or blowing nasty cigarette smoke through my window.

This month also had other neighbors who did completely unexpected things. There are days when I realize that even though I moved halfway across the country from where I grew up – it’s like I never left. This is not said out of nostalgia, but out of disappointment.

September was yet another month were my allergies were horrible due to heat, humidity, and high pollen. Ragweed season raged on. Considering how sick I was, and how many allergy medications I was on, I’m amazed that I got anything done at all.

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The “Women’s Public Health and Safety Act” Restricts Insurance Coverage

Representative Sean Duffy photo by Gage Skidmore Flickr

On September 29, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the “Women’s Public Health and Safety Act”. The bill does not protect public health and has absolutely nothing to do with public safety. Instead, this bill is designed to prevent women and men from receiving health care at Planned Parenthood.

In short, this bill would allow individual states to cut off Medicaid funding for health care received at facilities that also perform abortions. It is yet another attempt to defund Planned Parenthood – and to harm all of the women and men who visit Planned Parenthood for health care.

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What #PinkOut was All About

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On September 29, 2015, people who support Planned Parenthood participated in Pink Out Day. Those on social media used #PinkOut. The main idea was to show how many people support Planned Parenthood and do not want to see it defunded by the extremist group of Republicans in Congress.

There was very good reason to select this particular day. The House of Representatives was having a Congressional Hearing about Planned Parenthood, and Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, was invited to give testimony. Several of the Representatives on the Committee were Republican, and anti-choice, and they barely let her speak.

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Flight Rising: Stardust Scholar

Stardust Scholar

The Stardust Scholar was the holiday Familiar for the 2015 Starfall Celebration. Each festival is connected to a particular Dragon Flight. This one celebrates the Arcane flight. The 2015 Starfall Celebration took place during the last full week of September of 2015.

The special holiday items that were part of this festival could only be obtained with the Magical Shard currency. Players can obtain it as a random drop from Gathering or the Coliseum. It is also possible to craft some. If all else fails, use some of your Treasure to purchase Magical Shard currency from the Auction House.

This year, I was able to obtain three out of the four special items from the Starfall Celebration. All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

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Senate Blocks the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Lindsey Graham GOP 2015 Lincoln Dinner at Iowa Events photo by Gage Skidmore

On September 22, 2015, the United States Senate successfully blocked the latest version of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”. This version was presented to the Senate by Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican – South Carolina) who is running for President in 2016.

The purpose of this bill was to place a 20 week ban on abortion. Bills like this are one tactic that the Republicans use to chip away at Roe v Wade. They are designed to get in between women and their doctors in regards to the decision making process involved in determining whether or not to terminate a pregnancy.

What 20 week abortion bans do is harm women who have learned, at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy, that their baby has a fetal anomaly that would either prevent the baby from surviving the birth, or that would cause the baby’s death shortly after birth.

In this blog, I have details about Lindsey Graham’s version of the 20 week abortion ban, details about what the bill said, and how the Senators voted. I also am pointing out the junk science that was included in the bill.

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Jen Recommends : The Start of a Series

gold stars by Lee Haywood on Flickr

Jen Recommends is a new feature here at No Market Collective. Every week, I will put together a blog that points out the media I consumed in the past week. Obviously, I’m only including things that I actually enjoyed. The media I recommend could be video, blogs, podcasts, books, movies, music, TV shows, or whatever else I thought was good enough to share with others. Some will be new, and others will be old.

The main purpose of this blog is to force myself to get back into the habit of consuming content. I tend to spend a lot of time working on creating content – and very little time consuming it. My hope is that blogging about it regularly will force me to take breaks and check out other people’s creations.


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The House Voted on the “Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act”

Trent Franks R Arizona photo by Gage Skidmore on Flickr

On September 18, 2015, the United States House of Representatives voted on two bills that had absolutely nothing at all to do with the budget bills they were supposed to be working on. Congress was running out of time to create (and pass) a budget bill before October 1, 2015.

One of the bills they wasted time on was the Defund Planned Parenthood 2015 bill. This bill, (if it were passed into law) would have taken away the Medicaid and Title X funding from Planned Parenthood for one year – and diverted those funds to anti-choice CPCs. Fortunately, this bill failed to pass the Senate.

The bill would have prevented low-income women (and men) from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood.  It would not have had any effect on abortion, because federal money cannot be spent on abortion due to the Hyde Amendment.

The second bill the House wasted time on was the “Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act”, which, as you can tell from the title, was yet another anti-choice bill that was designed to prevent women from having access to safe, legal, abortion.

The Born-Alive Ab...

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