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Long time, no write.  I hope nobody harmed their relatives this Thanksgiving.  Turkey and all the sides was the reason there hasn’t been a post in a while.  So sorry, but it had to be done.  Quality time with family and such.

So, the holiday season is upon us!  No matter what holiday you celebrate (or none at all) I hope the next month gives you great joy as we settle into the cold air and dark nights that winter brings.  Here’s to hot chocolate and warm fires.

…And My Book Signing

I am kicking off this holiday season with a bang by doing my VERY FIRST BOOK SIGNING.  The thing is still happening.  I received my two boxes of books in the mail yesterday and I will be ready to sell and sign with Santa.  Well, Santa will be taking pictures with the kids nearby, anyway.  I don’t have enough star power to sign with Santa.  That’s a whole other level.

I will be one of many vendors at Colfax, WA’s Winterfest this year.  It’s a fun thing to do, especially if you have kids.  There will be a Festival of Trees, crafts for kids set up and lots of local booths selling everything from art to jewelry.  Santa and I will be there from 3 to 5:30 (I might stick around until 6).  Be sure to bring checks or cash, as I don’t have the fancy card reader thing that attaches to the smart phones.

The Christmas parade and fireworks start at 6 pm.  It is lots of fun.  If you are in the area you should definitely head to the Whitman County Library and the Event Center next door.  Just in case you don’t live in Colfax and want to map it via your technology of choice, here is the library’s address:

102 S Main St., Colfax, WA 99111

From 6 to 6:30 pm Main Street will be closed to traffic because of the parade (and hopefully fireworks- usually there is fireworks).  I hope to see you all there!

Other Writing Related Things

I have now been asked several times now since my last post when the book about Theodore Erickson and his worlds is coming out.  Unfortunately, for that to happen I would have to find someone to publish the entire thing.  It is written.  I am working hard to find someone to publish it, hopefully soon.  So, it doesn’t look like it will be out there within the next year, but here’s hoping.  In the meantime, I am well into the second book in the would-be series.

As always, I am looking for writing competitions to enter, so if you find a good one, tweet me @S_A_Rohrbaugh or you can message me through the website.  Until next time, everyone, happy reading!

So…That Happened

Wow.  What a week, am I right?  Like many people out there, my world was rocked by this year’s election results, and not in a good way.  To those who voted for Mr. Trump, congratulations.  To everybody protesting already, I hear your fear and your anguish (indeed I feel it acutely).  However, the man isn’t even in office yet.

You can protest the fact that Donald Trump won the election by the Electoral College and not the popular vote.  That is your right. If you favor the popular vote, then you should make your voice heard. Please try to do it in a way that does not involve hurting people, damaging property or lighting effigies on fire. It undermines the message you are selling and give people who would deride that message a reason to name them riots instead.

Not to mention, I feel like it is probably a lost cause.  When Al Gore lost similarly back in 2000, it went all the way to the Supreme Court and they ruled in George W. Bush’s favor.  Why?  Because the Electoral College is how America chooses its President.  If you are interested in learning why, you should definitely watch this video on You Tube. I think it offers a little bit of perspective.

Please understand, I know that your anger and fear are real.  Donald Trump campaigned on fear and hatred against Latinos and Muslims at the very least.  He will probably install extremely conservative Supreme Court justices who could undo decades of progress for African-Americans, women and the LGBT community.

Why Did This Happen?

I doubt that these are the reasons that people voted for him.  Perhaps these are the reasons that the KKK and other white nationalist groups supported him, but by and large Trump voters are hurting economically and scared of the rising Islamic Terrorism around the world.  Like him or not, Trump came out with a message that said I understand that you have been hurt financially over the last many decades.  That message is a good one, even if he wasn’t always politically correct in the way he said it.  On top of that, he came out forcefully against Islamic Terrorism.

Let me say this right away: people who are afraid of what Islamic Terrorism will do to America are not racist.  They are scared.  When Democrats come out and call them racist for these justified fears, it only serves to make them angry and reinforces the idea that the Democrats are privileged and do not understand anything that is important.  At least, that’s how I understand it from talking to people who supported Trump.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some real issues in our society concerning race.  The criminal justice system springs immediately to mind.  This should be addressed, as should many other issues.  Here’s the thing- the President has NEVER been the change maker in this country.  They have signed the bills, often because it was politically expedient.

Where Barack Obama Went Wrong

Perhaps Democrats and others on the Left made the assumption that because Barack Obama was a black president that he would fight more, but he is merely a politician.  He did move on LGBT marriage rights, because the people made it clear that it was what they wanted, but on other things not so much.  Nobody on the Left really pushed him for expanded background checks after so many mass shootings, so he never fought for them.  He said some poignant words and then went back to what he thought was possible and helping his political donors (sorry, all politicians do it guys, honestly, I doubt Trump will be any different).

This is not unique behavior for American presidents.  This is the rule (LBJ would have never signed the Civil Rights Act if Martin Luther King Jr. and millions of others hadn’t pushed him).  For those of you who blame Republican obstructionism for Obama’s failures, you are only partially right.  He probably wouldn’t have been able to do everything he wanted.  However, could Barack Obama have fixed the lead pipes that still taint our national infrastructure?  I think so.  People care about lead poisoning in children when they are reminded of it on a regular basis.  It seems very likely that if he had continued to visit Flint, Chicago and other communities that have been affected by this that something might have been done by now.  Thus proving, we cannot count on ANY president to advocate on our behalf.

So, Get Off Your Butt and Do Something

Come January 20, 2017 Donald Trump will be your president.  My president.  America’s president.  We must hope that he will not govern in hate as he campaigned.  In his acceptance speech early Wednesday morning, he said he wants to rebuild American infrastructure and work to help the Veterans in America.  I think those are things I can get behind.  My recommendation is to support him in the things you agree are good.

I also think it is reasonable to plan for the event that he advocates for policies that would harm.  This is where you, the American citizen come in- whichever side of the political divide you land on.  Wear a safety pin so that those who feel unsafe in an environment where hate crimes are on the rise know at a glance that you will not judge them for what they look like or believe.  Volunteer and help raise awareness for the issues that are important to you- do as much good for your community and your family as you can.  And when Donald Trump is no longer President, no matter who succeeds him, do not stop.  Every president needs to hear the voice of the people and every community can benefit from your help.

Back to Writing

So, now I will get off my soapbox.  I had to get that off my chest.

I will be doing a book signing on December 1st  from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Whitman County Library in Colfax, WA.  Stop by and see me.  I might even be handing out bookmarks, I just need to design and order them.

Please remember, in these times of division and chaos to hold on to the things you can.  Love fiercely.  Communicate with those who have opposite views.  Maybe if we can understand each other’s points of view we can become a stronger nation through this.

Keep reading.  Until next time, peace be with you.

 

The Art of Self-Promotion?

Sleepless nights are ahead for me, guys.  I am slowly making my way through the Writer’s Market guide I picked up from the library, and if anything is panic inducing, it is this book.  I finally made it to the D’s in the agent section!  And I still have 3/4 of the book left to go, including every single publisher.  Wah, wah, wah.  The sheer number of options is both startling and overwhelming, and yet I know for a fact that this industry is incredibly difficult to break into.

It seems like the most important thing to do is to establish a base of readership.  However, if you can’t get published, that seems like a difficult thing to do.  Now, I have been published once, so I have hope that there will be more opportunities, but it seems to me that a big piece of this process is just getting your name out there.  The general suggestion seems to be anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 regular readers.  If you want the big 6-figure book deals, you are looking at 100,000 or more.  Obviously, I have my work cut out for me.

So, what’s a girl to do?

Knowledge is power, right?  So, now that I know that this seems to be the magic formula I have been considering ways to grow my so-called “fan base” (I feel totally awkward using that phrase, but I suppose that is what it would be).  One option I have right now, since I have a short story in Threads: A NeoVerse Anthology, is that I can do a book signing.

Gasp!  What?!  This was very near my exact reaction when the good people at the Whitman County Library suggested that I do just that.  My brain still can’t wrap itself around the idea.  However, it looks like it is a thing that is going to happen.  On December 1st, I will be hanging out with Santa and signing books at the Event Center next to the library in Colfax, WA.  So, if you live in the Palouse area, or Eastern Washington in general, you should totally come and talk to me.  Heck, if you live in Idaho you might consider a jaunt over.  I would really love to see what people think of the story.

I might even be selling books.  So, if you don’t already have a physical copy, you can pick one up from me.  I cannot describe to you the level of excitement and anxiety that I am faced with at this thought.  I am even thinking about printing out bookmarks with my picture and website information on it for the occasion.

This may sound incoherent to you.  Why be anxious at all?  Why not accept the awesome and go with it?  Honestly?  I think I am incapable of not seeing this all as incredibly surreal and just a tad egotistical.  Keep in mind, I have had very minor success.  What is going to happen if I actually get the full book with Theodore Erickson published?  We will cross that bridge when/if we get there, but just this little taste has left me wanting so much more.

Onwards and Upwards

So, that’s the latest.  I am going to do a book signing.  Until then, I will continue to research where I can send the Theodore Erickson book (amongst the other books I have written), hopefully actually send it off to someone and maybe look for another contest or two to enter while I wait anxiously for a response.

As more things become solid in the book signing, I will talk more about it, but I couldn’t keep quiet until I knew all the details.  Impatience will be the end of me.

Until next time, keep reading!