Okay, so I haven't updated the blog in *checks website* twelve months! What can I say, people? It's been a Dumpster fire of a year.
Those of you who follow Romancelandia know the RWA shit show peaked just before Christmas last year. Bad decisions made. Dirty laundry aired. Structural racism exposed. Board members resigned. Special elections held. All before COVID shut down the in-person annual conference.
Thoughts on that – I'm glad this shit came to light. As a new member, I was unaware of RWA's history. I should have done more research before joining. That is my privilege at work. I decided to stick around so the good work RWA can do wouldn't be left to the racists. I'll stick around next year, because I got suckered into volunteering to be President for our local chapter. I think RWA is heading in a better direction. I hope my presence ensures it continues to do so. If it becomes obvious that not enough is being done to work on past ills and toward a better, more inclusive future, I will tender my resignation. Totally understand those who threw in the towel. I hope we make RWA an organization they can return to in the future.
Thoughts on the rest of 2020 – Nope. Nope. Nope. All kinds of phrases have been used over the past 9 months to describe this mess of a year. What I know is that as a nation we are at a tipping point, a situation mirrored in smaller institutions like RWA. Where we go from here matters, but unlike RWA I can't just resign if I don't like where our nation is heading.
I am happy the Biden-Harris ticket carried the day. It means we have a chance to form a better future that includes all Americans. It does not mean things will instantly get better, and it doesn't mean we won't squander that chance. I will do some soul-searching to determine how I can increase the odds of that better future coming to fruition. I am working on my knowledge-base, trying to question what I've been taught and make the changes necessary to my thinking and behavior to be a better ally to both BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities. I encourage you to do the same.
I have a marketing plan now, and part of that is updating the blog more regularly. I'm planning on once per month, that way it's at least once per quarter. Also, sign up for my newsletter and encourage your friends to do the same. A free short story, early notification of sales, maybe a chance to win an Advance Review Copy of a future book.
Oh, and if you've never heard of it, look up the song "What a Year for a New Year" by Dan Wilson. I've found comfort in listening to this song over the past 18 years during difficult years, but none has been worse than this one. I hope you enjoy it, too.