Emerging From the Shell

It’s July, and this creative geek has been busy! I rebuilt the website for work, and have been doing all of the social media there, so I have not been spending much time on my own social media. I have also started teaching paint party classes periodically, and running a book club. Speaking of books, I have stories in two different anthologies that will be released this week! My story The Power of Five is in Brave New Girls: Tales of Heroines Who Hack, and my story Waking Things is in They Keep Killing Glenn. I’ll be attending ShoreLeave at the end of the week, and will be bringing some copies of Alligator’s Friends and Hint Fiction as well. So, keeping busy!

This blog was originally meant to be about all things creative, but quickly became much more political. I have absolutely been spending time writing to my representatives, donating to good causes, volunteering, and of course voting! We have to do everything within our power to make this country safe for all people (and not a place where nazi scum feel they can spout their hate). The protections that are being stripped away by the horrible people in charge of the government right now (for children, for the disabled, for women, for people of color, for people who are not Protestant, for immigrants, for the environment, for the elderly….the list goes on) will affect everyone. It boggles the mind that so many people are so blinded by their own hate and selfishness that they cannot see these hideous changes will end up robbing them of Social Security, healthcare, and so much more. By the time the lemmings get it (if they ever do) it will be too late. Which is why it falls on the rest of us to stand up for what is right and try to affect change. Vote! Contact your congresscritters! Get involved on a local level! If nothing else, try to volunteer your time helping on a small level.

Be active! Make change! But be sure to take care of yourself as well. You can’t fight the good fight if you’ve worn yourself out. Remember to create. Make something beautiful. Write a story. Paint a picture. Bake a pie. Share some gin and tonics with your friends. Help your neighbor out with groceries or pulling weeds. Come together as a community. Show this damaged, hurting world that love still exists, and it can conquer hate. It’s not an easy challenge, but it is vital to the survival of goodness in this world. ❤

If you will be at ShoreLeave, come say hello. I’ll be at the Meet the Pros event, signing books with the Crazy 8 crew, and I am on several panels as well.

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