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Miss Raquel: Saving the "natives" one latte at a time

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AmazonGrace
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A new pome. 

Spoiler

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Haiku:.

 

If we all were kind

kindness would just reign supreme

In reality

 

Her new book is a creative collaboration between two creatives. The photographer has a name now, and Raquel is an empathetic, poetically inclined author.  (Authoress no longer?)
 

Spoiler

 

In the Afterglow

In the Afterglow is a creative non-fiction compilation of personal thoughts on subject matters such as life experiences, heart break, loss, and ultimately, healing. Written from the heart of an empathetic and poetically inclined author, In the Afterglow is sure to resound in some part of your soul. And your eyes will dance with delight at the magical photography by Robert Edwardsen, included as part of this collaboration between two creatives from Portland, Oregon.

 

 

Edited by AmazonGrace

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Petronella
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19 hours ago, AmazonGrace said:

In the Afterglow is a creative non-fiction compilation of personal thoughts on subject matters such as life experiences

The vagueness! This is a nonfiction book about...things...that happened...

Edited by Petronella

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AmazonGrace

Haiku:

These are all my thoughts

About things that I have thought

When I was thinking

 

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Petronella

She could learn so much from a good writing teacher. There are a lot of things that go into making a piece of writing “good”, but simple clarity trumps almost all of them.

I wish my phone had strikethrough, but it doesn’t. So I’m italicizing suggested cuts:

”In the Afterglow is a creative non-fiction compilation of personal thoughts on subject matters such as life experiences, heart break, loss, and ultimately, healing. Written from the heart of an empathetic and poetically inclined author, In the Afterglow is sure to resound in some part of your soul. And your eyes will dance with delight at the magical photography by Robert Edwardsen, included as part of this collaboration between twocreatives from Portland, Oregon.

could easily become:

”In the Afterglow is a creative compilation of personal thoughts on heart break, loss, and ultimately, healing. Written from the heart of an empathetic and poetically inclined author, In the Afterglow is sure to resound in some part of your soul. And your eyes will dance with delight at the magical photography by Robert Edwardsen.”

I cut “nonfiction” because it seemed repetitive of “personal thoughts” and left the florid descriptions of the author and dancing eyes because they’re probably a pretty accurate sample of the florid tone inside.

I’m confused by “poetically inclined”. Her other books were poetry, weren’t they? I’m guessing that this is not poetry, but she wants the cred of being poetic in her prose.

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AmazonGrace

The problem  with her writing is that she says a lot of things that go without saying and some things that would be better unsaid.

Just about any book with words contains the author's thoughts about a variety of subject matters and experiences. Thoughts are personal by default, until you choose to publish them. If you have already said that your book contains words by one person and illustrations by another person, you don't have to spell out that it is a creative collaboration between two creative individuals because people can probably work it out. If you say there are magical photographs people can infer that their eyes are involved in viewing them with some pleasure, you don't have to mention eyes specifically. (What does it mean that eyes dance anyway? Moving on the page? But reading all books involves eyes moving on the page. I got an image of eyes popping in and out of the sockets.)

 

And then if you rhapsodize about how awesome your book and how everyone is going to love it when people know it's a sales pitch... That's too many words, imo. Post an emotional excerpt and let people decide if they were moved, instead of telling them it grabs their soul. 

 

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LilMissMetaphor

A couple of weeks ago, Raquel asked people to vote on whether they wanted her book in paperback or hardcover, per her "envision".  Thus far, exactly one person has voted.

I'd say this doesn't bode well for the book to be a moneymaker?

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AmazonGrace

Today I learnt that

Frozen hearts are still beating

And fire can't harm life

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formergothardite

Wasn't In the Afterglow supposed to be different than her other books of pomes? Because this just sounds like the "look at how deep I am" drivel she has been writing since she was 14. 

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dripcurl

I’ve been keeping up with her stories, nothing snarkworthy enough to screen shot but I will say she had multiple posts about boundaries in relationships (not by her) and emotional abuse cycles. She never posts about her boyfriend, I am not sure if they are still together. And yes, her writing is still just as bad as it was a decade ago, and it was already pretty awful then for a young teen.

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dripcurl

Her FB now indicates she is single. She’s having a virtual release party for the pome book, which is just an instagram live. 

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Rosesp
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This is horrible graphic design holy shit.

Like... Aside from the no-fucks-given cactus... That text is horribly placed. Thanks, i hate it

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Don'tlikekoolaid

Doesn’t afterglow happen after really good sex?  I can’t remember. :crazy:

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dripcurl
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2 hours ago, Don'tlikekoolaid said:

Doesn’t afterglow happen after really good sex?  I can’t remember. :crazy:

I am a bit confused at the name... I know it’s not proper FJ etiquette to speculate about people’s sex lives, but I feel it’s appropriate to raise an eyebrow as to why someone who has made purity such an integral part of their brand, and is still very vocally evangelical, would choose such a cheeky name. Either she is naive or has had a sexual awakening... who knows

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Rosesp
2 hours ago, Don'tlikekoolaid said:

Doesn’t afterglow happen after really good sex?  I can’t remember. :crazy:

Or after a heroic acid trip 🙃😝

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dripcurl

Raquel wrote a piece the thought was profound but it was just a half-assed rant about shit everyone has known for like 2 months now and she doesn’t understand why people could see a hug as taboo. I’ve peeped her stories the past few days, and she went to a different town and visited people without a mask. 

People like her are *part* of the reason things are so out of control. I am dumbfounded at how many people I know do not have a concept of how contagious disease works. So many people I know think they’re so smart because they have a strong immune systems to they can go anywhere. They don’t seem to understand how not everyone has that advantage. People are freaking out about masks.

 

Being inconvenienced is not the same as being oppressed. A mask is not a violation of rights. I kind of hate America right now, I am sorry. Over the weekend I just heard to much bullshit about the virus from people I know and I have had the worst tension headache from it. I am thankful my husband, our family member who lives with us, and my family have been taking this seriously the entire time. But I am so stressed about the people that don’t. Raquel is the pinnacle of fundie maiden ignorance, and I see that attitude permeate so much of evangelicalism.

 

***I spent 6 hours in the ER yesterday because nothing was helping my head and my entire body was numb. They ran a lot of thorough tests, and luckily nothing was wrong. My told me to go home but didn’t give me any pain med, I asked why (people in much less pain around me were getting it right away, and I had a port in my arm the whole time, of course I didn’t use any of that to justify it, I just wanted to know) and the nurse just walked and came back with it??? I asked what was going on and why it couldn’t be done sooner and no response.... however she said to wait 20 minutes which was fine, and when she came back and saw that it helped she said that medication is for musculoskeletal pain. She said I probably just have a horrible tension headache. I think I am honestly just way over stressed about what is going on around in our country.

 

Sorry for the rants, I’ve just been through hell. 

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dripcurl

Raquel is yet again airing her dirty laundry about an ex, literally - she’s gotten rid of clothes of hers the dude liked.

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Rosesp
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I really find it distasteful that shes co-opting Frida Kahlos line for her dumb breakup poem 🙄

Edit: its not by frida kahlo, turns out its just a viral pinterest meme... which i cant decide if thats less or more annoying Screenshot_20200520-125910.png

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formergothardite

She could have just washed her sheets, but of course it is much better to dramatically get rid of them. I'm surprised she didn't burn her clothing and sheets in a bonfire. 

And dandelion seeds aren't fragile. Those things can slip into a tiny crack of cement and grow. IMO Raquel switched the words because she still doesn't understand copying others and thinks if she just changes one word she can claim she wrote the entire thing. 

 

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AmazonGrace

Haiku:

More often than not

you will have to get rid of

people you claim to love

Spoiler

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refugee
On 5/13/2020 at 10:39 AM, dripcurl said:

. I am dumbfounded at how many people I know do not have a concept of how contagious disease works. So many people I know think they’re so smart because they have a strong immune systems to they can go anywhere. They don’t seem to understand how not everyone has that advantage. People are freaking out about masks.

Sigh. My spouse has internalized the idea (probably picked up from one of his numerous “fair and balanced” sources) that the only people in any real danger are those in nursing homes, because that’s where half the deaths have occurred.

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LilMissMetaphor

Fairly confident that the words "my therapist" do not belong in anything that wants to be thought of as a poem.

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dripcurl

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AmazonGrace

I feel like we have seen abrasive charm before. Well, you wrote a book about gifts that you didn't like.

You are/were an odd soul. Is he still alive or not?

Honey, if you need advice about 6+6 maybe homeschooling is not for you.

 

 

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formergothardite

So she asked a really, really easy math question and he told her to figure it out herself and so she thought that was being put on mute. 

By saying she had abrasive charm on a gift card to a store she doesn't go to, he was basically saying the relationship was over. Or maybe "the charm" is an actual charm on a bracelet or anklet that was very abrasive. 

And if you are dating, that person gives you a gift and you text asking what they want in return, you are the one who is odd, not them. 

But I rather doubt any of this happened. 

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dripcurl
3 hours ago, formergothardite said:

So she asked a really, really easy math question and he told her to figure it out herself and so she thought that was being put on mute. 

By saying she had abrasive charm on a gift card to a store she doesn't go to, he was basically saying the relationship was over. Or maybe "the charm" is an actual charm on a bracelet or anklet that was very abrasive. 

And if you are dating, that person gives you a gift and you text asking what they want in return, you are the one who is odd, not them. 

But I rather doubt any of this happened. 

It’s all very cryptic but not at all clever. She is probably debilitatingly delusional irl and she just gives us “glimpses” like this, which are just plain frightening. I really can’t help but speculate about her functionality, I would be so much more sympathetic to her if she was just more honest about the obvious issues she has. Personally, I do not believe people have an inherent duty to explain their mental health disorders or disabilities, but when other people involved it’s helpful! Just as my brother’s supervisors at work know he has autism, as did his college did and made proper accommodations, I feel like someone who is promoting an overpriced book of theirs via talking about another person has some explaining to do. Raquel’s pomes do not speak for themselves.

While Raquel doesn’t write with the aggressively authoritative voice she used to, trash talking your exes in poorly written, childish social media posts is not a good look for a woman her age. It’s the same energy as the Phillips women bragging about mini skirts and their love for Quentin Tarantino. Those things are all fine in my book, but I wasn’t the one telling people they were heretics if they did not conform to an extreme level of conservative femininity and never apologized for it. Raquel has built a following by being God’s Daughter, and she’s not doing a good job of distancing herself from that. She still acts like she is better than everyone else.

 

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