I wrote a thing

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People are being held in cages.  People whose only ‘crimes’ are to seek safety.  They flee from horrible crimes and terror, only to face horrible terror.  And cages.  Overcrowded, reeking cages.  Guarded by people who have described them as “wild ass shitbags,” “beaners” and “subhuman.”  People who have joked about them dying in cages, or burning them up.  People who text about wanting to “take the gloves off” before hitting a migrant with their truck.

This is disgusting, America.

I can’t begin to imagine the fear that drives people to take the enormous risk of fleeing to this country.  Nor can I ever know the fear of worrying every day that you might be sent back to the very dangerous place you fled from.  Or that your spouse might not come home from work.  Or that your parents might not be there when you come home from school.

But, I do know that I’m not okay with putting people through this.  I’m angry.  So I wrote a thing.  You can read it here…

Just A Little Faster

 

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And The Title Is…

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It’s September again.  The kids will be returning to school, and I might be able to return to some level of sanity.  (Although I’ve come to accept the fact that that probably won’t happen until I’ve finished my novel.)  Intact sanity or not, it’s time to get back to work.

This month marks the 16 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  16 years of cover-up, war, death and destruction, division, hatred, terror.  Since much of the story in my novel revolves around those things, and begins on September 11, 2001, I’m planning to pour all of my time and energy this month into finishing the draft.  So, I probably won’t be posting much on this blog for a bit.  Not that that is much of a change from the past few months when I posted very little.

Today, I randomly decided to go public with the title of my novel on Twitter.  It was a spur of the moment decision as part of a Twitter hashtag game.  It only makes sense to reveal it here too…

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There you have it.  The title is The Compass Code.  But the reason why is still top secret. As I get closer to completion, I’ll be posting updates on this Twitter page.  Also, I am working on setting up my author website.  Like the novel, that’s a slow process, but it can be found at katieaguilera.com.

So, another September.  Here we go, and hang in there world.

 

Leaves Are Changing

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The leaves are changing color, and the days are taking on that golden fall tint.  September is settling in and the nights are growing colder.  I’ve always loved the season changes.  I nearly always find myself anxious for the switch from one passion to another, from the river to the slopes, usually with some quality single-track time in between.  I’ve been anticipating this fall for awhile, as it promises a return to those long-neglected passions.

School has started, and I’ve sent my youngest out into the world for Kindergarten.  An empty and silent house is perhaps the greatest, and most eagerly anticipated, change for me this past week.  I’m suddenly rediscovering just how many hours there really are in a day.

Change is also in store for my career as a writer.  I will no longer be contributing articles to Newsbud, though I wish them success.  I’m hoping to write more here on the blog again.  More importantly, with all this newly recovered time on my hands, I plan to finish my long overdue novel.  I’m eager to return my focus to fiction for a while, and I’m feeling a great sense of freedom and inspiration.

The leaves are changing, and I’m excited.