Godshot by Chelsea Bieker: Book Discussion

This was probably the strangest book I ever read. At the end of it I don’t know if the character really learned much of anything. Other than the cult being worse than being around people who actually treated her with respect. I understand that the book is more focused on the mother daughter relationship —or lack thereof. I’m glad that the character had gotten out of the cult, but at the same time I think there’s more she could’ve learned. And that her situation at the end of the book, despite it being much better than her past experiences, still shows that there are still some beliefs from the past that she holds on to. And for that reason, I don’t really know if she was able to completely break free.

  1. In the beginning of the book, Lacey has her first period and her mom gets her sweets. when Lacey tells her she in pain her mother says, “‘Women have a long history of suffering,'” what does she mean by this? Do you think help do anything to fight against it?

I think when she talks about women’s suffering is not only talking about cramps, she talking about the struggles she went through that her daughter isn’t aware of in the book. Like the way her own mother treated her and many of the men that have abused her. I think she barely does anything to help fight against this, she leaves her daughter in a dangerous position, she goes off to be a, “movie star,” with some random guy while the women that care about her try to convince her to not go. She could’ve worked at a restaurant, gotten an office job, moved somewhere with more resources where her and her daughter could’ve enjoyed their lives together…. but she didn’t. She does call the cops for her daughter in the end, which was good. However, there’s still so much more she could’ve done.

2. On page 51, they start rummaging through her mother’s things after they’re pretty sure she won’t be coming back. Lacey is trying find an excuse to keep the romance novels and states that, “women’s needs have never been mentioned in the church, never mentioned by anyone I could remember.” After reading this, what were your predictions of where he book would go? Were you happy or disappointed?

When the character started having these thoughts, it helped me breathe a little bit more. I was hoping that by the end of the book, she wouldn’t’ be tied to any religion whatsoever. But when she talks about a better god at the end and handed out candy canes, I was really disappointed. Christainty i like rolling a dice. Some ways people see it can destroy women from the inside out. Other ways not as much, but that doesn’t change the fact that verses used to suppress women are still there. Or the fact that we may never really know the real story of Jesus since many people where illiterate and considering most of the disciplines were fishermen, i doubt they could even read let alone write. And with the stories most likely being told from word of mouth and then onto to paper to later be truanted a whole bunch of times. Why are people trusting a game of telephone over science?

3. Page 106 talks about a bumper sticker that Vern has, and it says, “Remember who brought the rains and If you were on trail for following Vern would their be enough evidence to convict you?

4. On page 165, Lacey talks about wanting a different world. What kind of world did she want and how is different from what ended up happening?

5. Daisy talks about how she feels about being a mom on page 204. How is her idea of being a mom different from what most religions teach?

I don’t think its really textbook religion that teaches this. But a lot of religions try to teach girls that being a mom is one of the best things in the world. And their are girls and women who geneliuly want that wholeheartedly. But not everyone. Dasiy talks about how she didn’t;t really want a kid, but ended up loving her daughter anyway. I think even today, being a mother is as respected at it should be. Pregnant women can face having permeant disabilities anreven death after or while being pregnant. They are usaully the ones in the relationship that have to sacrifice most of their time for that kid. And for years they are completely dependent on someone else while with pets they are only dependent for about half a year.

6.When Stringy finds out the truth about Vern on 265, how does Cherry react? What do you think it was like when Lacey’s mother lived with Cherry before is was born? How does Lacey’s relationship with her mother help her move away from Cherry’s ideologies?

Cherry cared more about what would happen to her pastor rather than her own granddaughter. When Lacey’s mother lived with her, it probably would’ve been a living hell if it wasn’t for her dad. Grandparents are usually more affectionate to their grandchildren then they were their actual children and if that’s how she treated Lacey then I don’t even want to know how she treated her mother.

7. When Lacey has her daughter, towards the end she talks about how Peaches asks who her daddy is and Lacey says she, “looks into her eyes, [and says] nothing.” And that, “the truth does not always set us free.” Do you think she does the right thing by not telling hr daughter what happened?

No. I abulsutly do not think she did the right thing. I don’t want to hide reality from children, I think that wrong and if anything it could make their situation even worse. When the truth is hidden kids might start to feel too invesible. And when that happens and then a bad situation presents itself. I think those kids fall down harder.

Tips for First Time Vegans

I’ve been vegan since 2017. It wasn’t that long ago that I had to revise what I used to eat to fit my lifestyle now. Going vegan can be hard and sometimes we just don’t know where to start. So, I’m here to help anyone who is interested in going vegan. Here are some tips:

1. Have dry food

When most people think of veganism, they think of fresh fruits and vegetables. While that is a huge part of our diet, sometimes life can get crazy and we don’t have too much time to plan out meals. Then our fresh produce goes bad and now we have to find something else to make. And often, fruits and vegetables aren’t always filling. Having dry food like rice, pastas, lentils, quinoa and even potatoes can make cooking so much easier.

2. Quality Fresh Food

In the art world, many of us often hear the saying, “less is more.” Having good quality fresh fruits and vegetables can make a huge difference in taste. Checking to make sure that fruits and vegetables look good help to make meals taste better. With certain produce, like avocados, it’s important to keep in mind when we want to use them. Avocados that aren’t ready to eat just yet, will be hard and sometimes light green. If we don’t want to use them in the next few days, it is best to get one that’s still hard, but not really light green. I’ve found that those ones will usually never get the desired mushy texture. If we want to use one the day it’s bought, I would get one that’s a little soft, but not too mushy. If an avocado is really mushy it probably has a lot of black spots and those don’t taste good either.

3. Frozen food

I don’t really like to buy premade frozen meals. I lot of the frozen vegan meals are hit or miss for me. But buying frozen veggies and veggies mixes can make cooking easier. Most stores have frozen mixes to make soups. And frozen lima beans, peas and edamame can be added into meals or eaten on their own for a filling snack.

Making meals and freezing them are a good option too. Soups and chilies are good to make and then freeze. I’ve found that making burritos and freezing them have worked out well too.

4. Herbs

Herbs and spices can help make food taste better. Using them to substitute oil, salt and sugar can help us to stay healthy. Most people have dried herbs and spices, but to find something more powerful, some stores carry somewhat dry herbs as well as fresh herbs. Every once in a while, stores will also have herbs that we can grow ourselves. I have a parsley plant that has been with me for almost five years!

I have also found that freezing herbs can add a stronger flavor to meals. However, I have yet to see stores do this.

5. Substitues

I think vegan substitutes are continuing to grow and we are still finding creative ways to recreate favorites foods. Silk has been around since I was a kid, and they make a lot of great milk substitutes. I’ve found soy to be the closet to real milk. Beyond meat is perfect for burgers and meatball substitutes. Lightlife smart dogs probably make the best vegan hot dogs I’ve had and they are way less calories than a normal hot dog so we can eat more and feel less guilty. Simple truth has made quite a bit of vegan products. I’ve found one of the best cheese brands to be follow you heart and so delicious has created many ice creams, yogurts and other vegan, “dairy,” products.

Places like UDF, and Ben and Jerry’s also have a ice cream line of diary free alternatives.

Arctic Fox

They pair for life,

The small balls of fluff.

But beware their teeth aren’t as cute.

Away from their pups, they hunt.

Ears to the ground,

To capture a world down below,

The snow.

A glint of light across the snow.

A graceful jump and a dive.

A hope,

That the pups will survive.

Writer’s Block

There’s some writers that have said that writer’s block isn’t real. And maybe they’re right. I used to have it a lot when I was in High School, but maybe is really was just an excuse to not have to write anything. I think the problem with is that it is probably  partly true in a sense. We might be writing a certain story, article or poem etc and then our minds completely go blank. And as someone that has challenged myself to write every day in certain parts of my life, I will say that sometimes pushing ourselves to far isn’t always good.

I think it’s good for us to have a goal in mind of roughly how much we should try to write each day. For me, since I have to work full time and have had to move out and readjust to life I try to keep my word count around 500 words a day when I do have anything going on. Sometimes I’ll do more and sometimes less. But I try to keep my average around there. I think by sticking strictly to making ourselves type or write a certain amount of words we miss the bigger picture of what it means to write. When have writer’s block, that might mean that in this part of our writing process we shouldn’t be writing. Maybe we need to do more research, maybe we need to work on a different writing piece to get our minds going again.

I do think that some of us can get lazy(I know I do), but I don’t think writer’s block is always the main reason for it. And we need to remember that reflection is also part of the writing process too. Sometimes we need to come back with fresh eyes to be able to get the best out of our work.

However, if we want to take writing seriously writer’s block shouldn’t be an excuse to not do anything. There are plenty of things we can do to improve our writing skills that don’t always involve actually writing anything. Sometimes just reading our own work and the work of other people can be helpful. Progress needs to be made internally before it can be created externally. 

Sometimes we can focus too much on making progress as well. I used to work myself really hard my junior year of High School. I no longer do that anymore and I feel like now my writing is the best it’s ever been. Taking breaks like going on walks and listening to music can benefit us, especially if we’re working ourselves too hard.

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