About Me

Smiling long curly haired woman wearing cat-eye glasses and a black long sleeve shirt

Hey There!

I happily welcome you here to my little slice of the web. Some things you should know about me? I am an avid reader, art enthusiast and lover of any and everything that has to do with ancient Egypt. I go by the nickname Shep online. I started Just Talking Shep as a place to share the things I enjoy like books I’ve read, things I’ve watched, and advice on things I have learned along the way.

If I have encouraged you to try a new book or show or even given you a new perspective to consider after reading my posts on the blog I am overjoyed!

Books I’m Always Ready To Talk About

Secrets About Life Every Woman Should Know by Barbara De Angelis is one of the best books I can recommend and despite being geared toward women, it is such an uplifting message on life in general. Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Tawwab is such an eye opener when it comes to navigating relationships. As far as romance selections, the Immortals after Dark and Lords of the Underworld series are my top choices. Darcy Coates has become one of my favorite authors when it comes to horror. For any kind of genre you are looking to enjoy, I will most likely have a title to suggest!

Why The Name?

The internet can be a strange place. I go by Shep, to make it less so. It’s short for Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was one of my favorite pharaohs and one of the few women to take on the mantle of pharaoh during Ancient Egyptian times.

Despite her successful rule and ability to usher in an over twenty year reign of prosperity in Egypt, it seemed as if her succesors attempted to erase her name from history. Her name was scratched from most surfaces and omitted from many of the ancient accounts in a process known as damnatio memoriae.

Ancient Egyptians believed that uttering the name of a departed one allows the ren, or part of their soul, to live on. In effect, those who followed her were attempting to make her forgotten. To honor her memory, I call myself Hatshepsut, Shep, for short. In order to help her soul live on.

Thanks for coming by and I hope to see you again soon.

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