For years, I refused to discuss politics in my blog. I didn’t post anything political on my Facebook feed, Twitter or Instagram accounts. It wasn’t that I was devoid of opinions, but that I wanted to remain neutral as an artist. Maybe that was cowardice or just an eagerness to succeed in an already difficult business. But no matter what my motivation was, neutrality is no longer an option.
I’m not sure there’s a way to be a non-political writer right now in America. In today’s climate, even silence is a statement. I don’t want to be silent anymore.
I am a writer. I write in many genres. I write strong female characters. Female strength does not equal male weakness. I do not agree with the ban on immigrants and refugees and I find its implementation to be sloppy and ill-planned. I was at the Women’s March. I have been calling my senators because I think DeVos and Carson are unqualified for their positions. I stand with Standing Rock and Planned Parenthood. I think Black Lives Matter and that science is amazing. I believe in climate change. LGBTQ rights are human rights. I’m fine with the repeal of Obamacare as long as there’s a replacement that’s worth a damn. I believe in people. I believe there’s good in the world and that good is worth fighting for. I believe in respectful, thoughtful discussion. I believe in ideas. I think sex workers should have rights. I think people should be able to do what they want as long as they aren’t hurting anyone else. Watch dogs are necessary for both government and private institutions. I think Trump is bad for America. I believe in your right to think differently than I do about anything.
My blog is not a political blog. I will not spend many posts on my ideas or what I think the government should or shouldn’t be doing. This is a space for writing and books and stories and opinions about those topics. But nor will I be silent.