I haven't been blogging here as much, but I've been blogging a lot on my writing blog. Because... I published my first book, The Smartest Girl in the Room. Woo hoo! Actually, I published it about a month ago, and I've already done two promotions through the KDP Select program. So far, so good. And because everything is about moving forward, the second manuscript is with my editor. And as of yesterday I have an idea for the fifth book that has me more excited than I've been in a long time. Let's just say I'm going to run with "Write What You Know". Nothing like a little shock and disgust to get my creative neurons firing. But don't worry- my story will have a happy ending. Because that is why I like fiction- to make the world a better place, even if only temporarily.
In other news- or is it?- Massachusetts has a special election coming up for Senator. I am... disgusted. I have no love for Gomez, and I assure you he won't get my vote, but I can't get past Markey's pandering on the Tsarnaev burial. As much as I consider myself a jaded Bostonian, I also sat through my husband and sister's induction into the Massachusetts Bar. You know what came up both times? The story of how John Adams defended the British soldiers who were accused in the Boston Massacre. Adams took a great risk taking on that case, but he did it because it was the right thing to do. It was brave, not pandering. God, I miss the 18th century, which is a step above missing The Eighties. And please let me know why I didn't hear a stink made about Adam Lanza, the young man who killed twenty school children before he killed himself, when they went to bury his body. (Is it because no one was running in an election? Or is it because no one could scream "Muslim!"?)
By the way Cambridge, get over yourselves and don't ever go on about your superiority in anything. Because you're cowardly and not anywhere close to the place I imagined I grew up in. You're no better than Creon of Thebes, and even Theseus of Athens, the most questionable hero in Greek mythology, now has something on you.
|Boston knows a little something about violence... our test is what we do after|
Another thing that has me speaking at the top of my voice: the Justice Department's secret acquisition of phone records from or related to the Associated Press. Um, what? I am horrified, and "but Bush did it too" is not a satisfying explanation, to say the least. As I told someone yesterday, I hope the AP wipes the floor with the Justice Department, and yes that's a horrible thing to have to say.
Deb in the City