It’s been over a month now. Every single morning since Election Day, my first waking thought is that Americans chose as their 45th President an ignorant narcissist instead of a woman who arguably was the most qualified candidate ever. Yet I’m reminded daily in the press and on social media that Americans should strive for understanding, that our innate goodness always shines through, that families and traditions are stronger than our political differences … fuck all that. I don’t want to understand their racism or misogyny; nor do I see goodness in their carelessness at giving away the social progress of the past 60 years. I’m disconnecting from everyone I know who supported that douchebag, including family. That’s how I plan to heal.
So … what’s new? I turned in a manuscript last week, a romantic thriller called Moment of Weakness. It’s still ages away from release (July 2017), but I’ll share the cover and blurb next month. I expected to have some down time, but it seems my end-of-year work at Lambda Literary has piled up. And of course, another story popped into my head the instant I hit the Send key. Funny how it leapfrogged the one I’d planned to write.
I have an upcoming event! Sunday, February 19th — Laurel Bookstore in Oakland, CA. Details are still in flux, but it’s likely to be a 2-hour reading, panel discussion and Q&A with several Bella authors, including Karin Kallmaker, Jaime Clevenger, Heather Rose Jones, Laina Villenueva and perhaps others. I’ll post the time once we’ve nailed down our final arrangements. Nothing invigorates my will to write like a chance to commune with readers and fellow authors.
Lastly, I guess it’s time to formulate my annual Top 10 list. It’s a 12-year tradition for me, taking stock of the year by highlighting events, accomplishments and special memories. This won’t be the first time I’ve approached it filled with malaise. I think I’ll post this photo of my cat.