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2 steps forward and 5 back

I started transferring my website from one overpriced, gouging hack to what I hoped was a better site on Dec 11th. On Jan 3rd I finally got the new site to stop screwing me around and moved to a third site recommended by a close friend.  Fingers crossed.

Right now one site has been moved, but it’s set up to email me at my author’s mailbox. Which isn’t working because the 1st host no longer has the website, and I can’t get the 3rd site to change the email address they use without clicking on the verification email which is not working because….   round and round we go.

Good news!  I just got another review for A Test of Loyalty and Alone in the Night, my 2 NA gritty urban books.  At least, I think it’s a good review.

“I hate you, I hate you! I was up most of the night!
I could not stop reading your books… LOVE them! Love your books;”A Test of Loyalty” and “Alone at Night”. Read them real fast just couldn’t get enough… extremely well written! Seriously I’m happy I had both books … I would have been really dead not to be able to read the second one right away.”

So, next time on my struggles with tech… maybe I’ll have email because right now it’s really annoying not to. I had a book signing last weekend and another next weekend with NO WEBSITE!!

I also have books to review, and you guessed it… no website to post them to!

Weathering the unexpected.

I woke up this morning to a prepper’s nightmare, or a dystopian writer’s wet dream. I’m not sure which part of me is dominant right now.

But both parts are shocked that Trump won! How could this inarticulate, rage-filled, spoiled baby of a man, this racist, misogynist, hate-spewing wanna-be Hitler WIN?

I am scared for the future, worried about friends in the US, and generally nervous. It has long been an axiom that “Where the States go, so goes the rest of the world.”

I love reading dystopian stories, I don’t want to live in one.

Based on the Nasdaq falling 10+ points last night, and DND having fire drills this morning (coincidence?) I am a bit skeptical of the Sunny Ways right now.

Nasdaq -10.75  /  -0.22%
Level 4,791.50
Fair Value 4,800.14
Difference -8.64

But I have strong, wise, and hopeful friends, who make me feel better about our nation.  (for those who never noticed, I am Canadian, living near our capital city. In nuclear blast range, now that I think about it.) *shiftyeyes*

Anyway, one of those friends is JD Hobbes, professional storyteller and bard, a gentle, loving and wise man.  This was his Facebook post this morning.

“Canada needs to be the strong, united nation now. The world will be looking to us for strength, for guidance, for leadership. We need to be The Beacon on the Hill.

Our leaders need to be strong and hold true to Canadian values. They need to protect us and to inspire us, and in turn, we need to support our country and keep it on the right path.

We the people also need to strong. We need to not give in to fear or hatred or intolerance. It is 15+ years of fear, hatred, and intolerance that have led to this moment.

As Canadians, we need to rise above these base emotions and work towards better solutions. We need to let compassion guide us, rather than fear. We need to consider our second impulse rather than acting blindly on our first impulse.

This is Canada’s moment to shine, to provide the example, and to offer shelter and compassion to those who need it. We have a long history of doing that and we cannot afford to be less now.

We need to be more. We can be more. We will be more.”

Hobbes inspires me to be better, to live on hope rather than fear.

AS the Late Jack Layton, beloved leader of Canada’s Opposition at his death , said “My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”— Jack Layton

So I am going to drink my coffee, hug my ginormous white cat, and believe that the niggling fear in the back of my brain is a story fighting to get out, not a premonition.


Voting and “I am a person”

“Today, I am a person.”  This was spoken in 1916 by Nellie McClung in Manitoba, upon women receiving the right to vote.  I think.  It might have been one of the other hundreds of women who were attacked on the street, beaten by police, jailed and starved to get women the vote. It was a hard fought campaign.

So, in the honour of feminism at its best, strong women everywhere, and BECAUSE I CAN…. I voted in the federal election.

I would say that Election day was great, but I couldn’t wait, we voted Thanksgiving weekend.  And got a result to be thankful for: the decade of Harpes and his CONservative battle against everybody who isn’t rich, white and male is OVER!

This is our new prime Minister: Justin Trudeau, son of one of my favourite former PMs, Pierre Trudeau. He is off to a promising start with this letter, his FB page, and this photo.  That’s the Prime Minister.  Yessirree.  I’m gonna have to get political.


So, what does this have to do with anything?  Specifically, why should you care?

Well, two of Justin’s platform logs were: Double the CBC budget (Canada’s national TV broadcaster, which is supposed to be politically neutral, but under Harpes was defunded until they became his mouthpiece).  And raise investment in the arts, including writing and independent film. Which was also slashed to nearly nothing by the HarperCons, after being renamed “Culture” and having the Olympics steal almost all the funding.

Harper said that if he didn’t like it, it wasn’t art.  He only liked things that made him look smart, like ballet, symphony, opera… and hockey.  He didn’t even know who Margaret Atwood was until she publicly came out as anti-Conservative. Then he got petty and misogynistic, qu’elle surprise….

Or things that made him look important, like the Olympics and G8 summits.

So, more money for Arts Council grants, research grants, publishing grants…

Maybe grants to attend seminars on why has my book had 1 sale in the past 30 days, Amazon??

Maybe I need to remind people more often, but I hate being a pain, and know very little about marketing.  Plus I’m 5 scenes from finishing the first draft of an epic fantasy, and planning to write the sequel to the published book during Nano. I need a grant to pay a marketer.  I know of a couple awesome ones…