Let’s Talk About Taking a Knee

What a timely and thought-provoking post. I couldn’t agree more. As writers, we are often told to avoid politics and religion, but sometimes you simply cannot keep quiet – not when it’s something so important. This is beyond disagreeing about political policy or court cases. This is about something very real that affects a huge amount of our population. Racism is real. And the reaction to Colin Kaepernick is just an example of it. This is peaceful protest and he (and others who chose to protest in this way) are well within their rights to do so.

The NFL is NOT a government organization, and it’s up to them how they run their organization. Trump really shouldn’t be badmouthing businesses or private citizens. I’m quite certain he has other things to worry about.

I am in full support of anyone who chooses to “take a knee.” And I can understand those who choose not to do so for their own reasons. Those who are offended by this form of peaceful protest may certainly boycott the NFL, and those who are offended by my opinion of the whole matter may certainly boycott my books or blog.

Thank you, Tim, for writing this article and for taking a stand. It’s time to stop vilifying football players for peacefully protesting, and time to start taking about the real issue – the racial inequality that is a life-and-death issue for people of color.

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One thing I’ve never been accused of is shying away from an argument – and judging by my six siblings (four brothers and two sisters) it’s a family trait.

However, I got some advice from a fellow author a few years back about engaging in hot-button arguments on social media. His tip was simple, and it made perfect sense…

To paraphrase; If you argue something really controversial you run the risk of alienating potential readers.

This was (is) good advice for an author trying really hard to increase his fan base – so I heeded his advice. Regardless of the topic (and let’s face it…there have been some whoppers on social media in the past few years) I kept my distance. I posted cute pictures of puppies, funny memes, useless trivia and the occasional “save the shark” comment – but I steered clear of the big three – religion, sex…

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When Your Dream is Bigger than your Budget

I'm sure you've heard the old adage, "It takes money to make money." This is true even in publishing - maybe especially in publishing. This post isn't going to harp on the recent scandal involving the YA author who bulk-purchased her book in order to inflate sales numbers. Nope. This is about the cost of … Continue reading When Your Dream is Bigger than your Budget

Is This the End?

It's been months since I've really written. Not just months. Years, if I'm going to be really honest with myself. Oh, I've written sporadically here and there. I finished a book at the end of last year, but it needs such massive work I just don't know what to do with it. I finished a … Continue reading Is This the End?

A Quick Update

Hi! It's been a very long time since I've posted here. I haven't even been keeping up with haiku challenges! Once again, life has gotten in the way of writing. We have spent the last month making updates to a house we bought and then moving in. The house is still a work in progress, … Continue reading A Quick Update

How to Help an Author …

I love this article by Susan Toy! There are so many easy ways to support your creative friends. Much of this article can be applied to all form of art, not just writing.

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

Buy/Borrow, Read, Promote to other readers
… those books you enjoy.

Repeat.

Never expect the author to give you a free copy. But, if they offer to do so, you shouldn’t feel you are under any obligation to either read the book or give it a rave review. Unless you truly enjoyed reading that book. (As far as I’m concerned, I’m always thrilled to death with the thought that someone else may be reading my book!)

Buying or borrowing a copy from the library is the best show of support. (And if your local library does not have the book in their collection or the bookstore doesn’t have it in stock then this is a good time to mention the book to them. Did you know that most libraries encourage their patrons to recommend books that may be added to their collections? Both print and eBooks in most cases ……

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