Long Time No See

Hello out there, book world.  It has been a long time since I posted, I know.  I am terrible at this blogging thing, but I have a hard time writing on here when there is nothing to update on.  However, good news!  I figured out who I am going to send the Theodore Erickson book to first!  (The crowd goes…eh?)

Now, I know that doesn’t FEEL like progress, but trust me, just as much of the writing world is figuring out what the heck you are going to do with your manuscript.  I am an incredibly indecisive person, so to have SO MANY options was pretty daunting.  So, basically, I narrowed my choices down and made an educated guess.

So, I will be printing out the story with this particular publisher’s formatting in mind and off it goes, probably tomorrow.  Then I get to cross my fingers and wait for three months for a response.  It feels like a long time, but it really isn’t.  A lot of publishers have you wait 8 months to a year, so I will wait patiently and hope.

Short Stories for the Blog

Last time I updated this thing, I asked if you guys wanted short stories related to the Theodore Erickson world, I got several responses (surprised the heck out of me to get them, really, but thank you very much for reading).  I did get some interest in Theodore Erickson, but I also got equal interest in furthering the short story I posted on here back in October- telling Eddie Hill’s daughter’s story.  I kind of liked that, since I had already posted his short story, I think that makes the most sense.  It will probably be a series of stories until she gets her life figured out (if I didn’t write, I swear I would be put into an insane asylum- they are real people to me).

When I have told her story as fully as I want to, I will move onto little jaunts into other worlds, dimensions and time travel for Theodore Erickson.  Fun stuff.  Looking forward to it.  I am thinking about making a specific Sunday of the month, Short Story Sunday.  It will depend on how fast I think I can crank them out as to when, so look for that.

Book Corner

I just finished an amazing book and EVERYONE needs to read it, especially if you live in America.  “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead is freaking amazing.  It follows the life of Cora, a slave on a Georgia plantation, and is absolutely breathtaking.  I do not think I fully appreciated the level of danger in using the Underground Railroad back when slavery was legal.  I knew it was dangerous, but this book really leaves you with your heart in your throat.

I will leave you with the quote that stuck out in my mind the most, but really you should just read it.  Amazing stuff.  “The great war had always been between the white and the black.  It always would be.”  Powerful themes resonate in this book concerning what it means to be free, what it means to be American and what forces still shape our race-relations today.  I highly recommend it.  If you’ve read  it, I would love to hear your thoughts- comment on the blog or tweet me @S_A_Rohrbaugh.

A Note About Our 45th President

So, back in November after Donald J. Trump was elected to the office of the presidency I cautioned that we needed to wait to see what he did before we passed any judgments.  Well, he’s been in office for about a week now and he has:

  1. Declared his intent to Repeal the Affordable Care Act
  2. Expedited Environmental Impact Reports thus Endangering the Environment at the Expense of Increased Business for Him and His Friends
  3. Declared his intent to Ensure the Dakota Access Pipeline is built
  4. Opened the Door Again to  the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline being built
  5. Instructed Congress to Appropriate Funds to Build a Wall Along the US/Mexico Border
  6. Targeted “Sanctuary Cities” and Undocumented Immigrants
  7. Halted Federal Regulations Until They Can Be Reviewed By the Administration
  8. Withdrawn from the Trans Pacific Partnership Officially (It was never ratified so not sure if this qualifies as doing something)
  9. Instituted a Government Hiring Freeze
  10. Placed a 90 Day Ban on People Coming from Muslim Countries He Doesn’t Have Business Ties to (Consequently, all the countries he did ban actually produced no terrorist attacks in America).
  11. Refused to extricate his family from his business
  12. Nominated People Who Range from Unqualified to Downright Dangerous for Cabinet Positions (Betsy DeVos, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions and Steve Mnuchin spring immediate to mind, but almost all of them are the definition of terrible)
  13. (For Whatever I Forgot, I Am Sure There is Something)

What to make of all of this?  Honestly, it has me more than a little scared that America is going to cease to be the shining beacon it once was.  So, now he has done some things.  He only has so much power, though, so call your Representative, if you are moved to- protest (peacefully), but more than anything be kind.  Even to people you don’t agree with.

As Americans, we have a right to advocate for what we want from our government.  The representatives we elect stand for our interests not their own, and not the interests of big money.  We are possibly in for the most corrupt, discriminatory presidency in America’s recent history given the way Trump has behaved until now.  So stand up and fight if this is not the America you want to live in.  Perhaps even more importantly- vote the members of Congress out that don’t listen.  2018 is vital because in 2020, redistricting for the next ten years will happen.

This week has been incredibly overwhelming- for me and for millions across the country.  People are scared.  People are depressed.  I know.  I feel it, too.  However, the first amendment guarantees our right to free speech and our votes guarantee us the right to change the powers that be in two years and then four.  And remember, you have control over your own actions: be a force for good in your community and family life, take what control you have and use it.

Until Next Time

Alright, rant over.  I hope you all have a great week.  Keep reading!