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Hiding in the Shadows… November 16, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Boosting the signal, Chessiecon, circlet, cover art, Drum Mage, forthcoming works, freedom of speech, Heart's Master, politics, promotions, publishing, upcoming books, upcoming work.
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Last night, I got the cover art for Heart’s Master.

It’s pretty. But this is all I can show you right now.

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Want to be one of the first to see the real thing? You have two options. If you’ll be attending Chessiecon, then you can pay attention to my Twitter feed. Starting the first day of the convention (Friday), I’ll put out a code phrase on Twitter. Come find me, tell me the phrase, and I’ll show the art to you and ONLY you.

The other way you can see the real thing, if you’re not going to be at Chessiecon? Check out the Circlet Press Patreon. Become a supporter at $5 or more a month, and you’ll not only see the Heart’s Master cover art before anyone not at the convention, but you’ll get the ebook forĀ Heart’s Master immediately when it goes live December 15th. You’ll also be supporting my wonderful publisher, as well as thumbing your nose at the incoming establishment that doesn’t want you to have access to such naughty things.

And so it begins… November 9, 2016

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in deep thoughts, politics, random thoughts, reality-is-stranger-than-fiction.
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Early morning thoughts over the first cup of coffee.

One of the news stations (MSNBC, maybe) reported last night at about 10:30 or 11:00 that Trump had gone off to be alone and write his victory speech.

Not review. WRITE.

Why don’t you prepare a speech? Because you don’t think you’re going to need it.

Trump didn’t think he was going to win.

I have the feeling that this morning at Trump Tower, there’s a very Wile. E. Coyote atmosphere: “Okay. I caught it. NOW what do I do????”

I’m hoping he’ll surprise us. Because the alternative is untenable.

Quoting my husband, who was quoting the Vorlons:

“And so it begins….”

>Signal Boost: Dear GOP – You are killing people! February 8, 2011

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in Boosting the signal, politics.
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>Originally posted by LJ User acelightning at Signal Boost: Dear GOP – You are killing people!

Passed along from many people – original post by LJ User suricattus. (Laura Anne Gillman) .
This is not MY personal story… that will come later.

There is a move afoot in the nation -driven by the GOP – to repeal the new health care laws, to protect corporate interests, to defend against fear-mongering (and stupid) cries of “socialism!”, and to ensure that people are forced to choose between keeping a roof over their heads or getting necessary health care.

This movement is killing people.

Think I’m overstating the fact?

Ask the friends and family of writer/reviewer Melissa Mia Hall, who died of a heart attack last week because she was so terrified of medical bills, she didn’t go see a doctor who could have saved her life.

One person. Not the only one. That could have been me. Yeah, I have access to insurance — I live in New York City, which is freelancer-friendly, and have access to freelancer advocacy groups. Through them, I can pay over $400/month ($5,760/year) as a single, healthy woman, so that if I go to the hospital I’m not driven to bankruptcy. But a doctor’s appointment – a routine physical – can still cost me several hundred dollars each visit. So unless something’s terribly wrong? I won’t go.

Someone who lives in a state where there is no Freelancer’s Guild or MediaBistro to put together an insurance plan for freelancers? Someone who has been laid off or downsized, and can barely make ends meet? SoL.

That could be you. That could be your best friend. That could be someone you’ve never met. That could be any of us – because there are people out there who think that taking care their neighbor is someone else’s problem.

No. It’s our responsibility. All of us, together. As a nation.

EtA: Nobody is trying to put insurance companies out of business. They will always be able to offer a better plan for a premium. We simply want to ensure that every citizen – from infant to senior citizen – doesn’t have to choose between medical care, and keeping a roof over their heads, or having enough to eat.

We’re trying to get this to go viral. Pass it along:

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