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I have a firm conviction that if you give someone a warm meal and a hot shower, they can do nearly anything they set their minds to that day.  Which is why my first and preferred charities have always been food banks.

For several years, I ran #WillWriteToFeedOthers, wherein I wrote a story in November, and if you donated $5 or more (or equal goods) to a food bank, you got to read it.  And that was fun, and we raised a lot of money for food banks across the US, Canada, and even in the UK.  But then my life got (more) complicated, my dance card got over-scribbled, and I just didn’t have the time or energy to write another story at the end of the year.  :-(

But I wanted to keep my commitment to those warm meals.  So I decided that my 3rd quarter royalty check from Book View Cafe would go directly to that.  It’s not a huge sum, but via Northwest Harvest, it will provide over 300 meals for people who would otherwise have gone hungry.

So thank you, everyone who bought books from me via Book View Cafe. Feeding your reading habit fed someone else’s body, too. 

 

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Guess I have to change my bio now...

So tonight around 10 pm I’m finishing up at a work event (which kept me from being at OryCon this weekend) and I finally have a chance to check my email.  I may have said “HOLY SHIT!” loud enough for my co-workers to be all “what? what happened?

I won the Endeavor Award for THE COLD EYE,  is what happened.

I had been so busy, I’d actually forgotten the Endeavour Award ceremony was tonight.  Lemme tell ya, as stress factors go, being too busy to stress is totally the way to go.

I guess I need to change my bio now…

My acceptance speech, for those who are interested, as sent via messenger:

 
“First: holy shit, thank you. Insert incoherent babbling here.

THE COLD EYE is a coming-of-age road trip, a weird western, an American fable with feminist bedrock. But it’s also a story about what it means to be an American, both in the 1800s and today. About making choices of who we want to be, and what we want to do with that.

 
What we are, and what we could aspire to be.
 

And I couldn’t have written it on my own – I owe a debt not only those who did the heavy lifting in terms of recording the history I’m playing with, but to the geologists and seismologists who taught me about the land we stand on, and the native peoples whose storytelling – both the topics and their language – inspired me to look at our world a different way. I hope I did my teachers and Road-mentors proud.”

 

And thank god I did write something ahead of time, because based on my mood right now, I totally would have been babbling in incoherent shock.  :-)

 

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Civics 101: My duty, my obligation, and my pleasure.

Boom. Done.

I love having the ballot box just down the street. A nice walk, some fresh air, and my civic duty is done.

And no, I don’t miss the “community-building” elements of single-day polling place voting at all. It was stressful and occasionally inconvenient, and they weren’t even offering cookies any more. And drop-off balloting creates a higher participation level, which is a marker of success other states should seek to emulate.

Talking to my mom last night, she was fascinated by drop-off balloting, and asked why more states don’t do that.
“You know why they don’t,” I said.
“Oh. yeah.”

 

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cover art for WEST WINDS FOOL
  1.  Realize that you’ve managed to schedule your first actual non-work or family-related vacation in nearly 6 years that week (meaning: limited internet access on the day of release)
  2.  Get a text from your cat-sitter that starts “don’t freak out, but we’re at the vet….”I now remember why it’s been 6 years since my last vacation.  Yikes.But!  If you’re reading this, everything went off without a visible hitch, and WEST WINDS’ FOOL and Other Stories of the Devil’s West has gone live!

    And since I won’t have reliable internet for another two days, I’ve put together a PAQ (potentially asked questions):

    Is “A Town Called Flood”  the original story that grew into SILVER ON THE ROAD?    Yes, yes it is.  You will spot many similarities – and a number of significant differences.

    Will there be a print edition?    Yes, as soon as I nail down some fiddly production and distribution details!

    When is “Gabriel’s Road” coming out?   I’m still aiming for Winter 2019, but I’m not going to take a blood oath on when in the winter…..

    Is the cat okay?   We think so – he’s elderly and diabetic, and a cancer survivor, so every sneeze and wobble makes us nervous, but he has an excellent vet and a lot of stubbornness… Good wishes much appreciated.

    Where did you go on vacation?   Taos, New Mexico.  Storing up sunshine for the Engloomening about to descend upon the Pacific Northwest….

    So, until I return to the land of coffee and orcas and reliable internet…

    Happy Reading!

 

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