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Solidarity to Solitary #WomensMarch2018 #MakeTheWorldABetterPlace

 

Young Filer and her daughter Hahna, 8 stand along Pine Street during the Seattle Women’s March on Saturday. (Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

Saturday was the second annual Women’s March.  I missed it.  I also missed the first march.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just so much stuff in my life now is going crazy.  I have this weight of other things hanging over my head, that this was just not a priority for me.  I have friends, that are younger, that did the first march and lament that they did not for some reason participate this year.  The time was not right for me.

Here are some facts that might shed some light on my perspective.  I grew up in the seventies.  It was a time of protest.  Maybe the sixties were more known for it, but I certainly saw it often on the news in the seventies.  I couldn’t wait to grow up and go stand outside some “evil” factory chain link fence with a protest sign or march down the street chanting for equality and burning my bra.  That never happened.

By the time I got to college it was the eighties, a time of prosperity and relative peace, at least in my area.  I would occasionally hear about a protest going on, usually Greenpeace related.  If you went to the area where the protest was happening, there would be maybe twenty people huddled in a group holding five signs in Red Square on the UW campus.  To those people it must have felt like being on a small raft in a sea of apathetic students passing by on their way to classes.  I found ads in the classifieds for activist jobs.  You could get paid to do this – make a living from protesting things?  Somehow that seemed to take all the meaning out of it for me.

It was a bit of an eye opening experience.  It wasn’t that people didn’t care about whales or whatever the protest was about, but the time was not right for that.  Historically, you can look and see that events tend to pendulum back and forth.  It’s not getting progressively better, but swinging back and forth along a fairly straight path; times of peace – times of conflict, times of prosperity – times of scarcity, times of hope – times of despair, times of enlightenment – times of ignorance.  To some this might be disheartening, but if you think of it this way, it just means that if you are in a down swing, then things are heading towards an upswing.  It is ingrained in human nature to keep us in that balance.

Don’t get me wrong.  I applaud those protesters.  There is something to be said for solidarity.  Being part of a group, belonging, gives people a purpose, worth.  We all need solidarity at some point in our lives or in certain areas of our lives.  This is what being in a group does for you: brings you together and gives you a purpose, feeds your soul, uplifts your spirits, gives you strength, courage and hope.  You see this in sports, clubs, religions, communities and other organizations.

The times feel like despair now.  This does not feel like a great place to be, but in fact adversity breeds creativity.  Women have experienced this for ages.  They have expressed their protests in craft, needlework and knitting for hundreds of years.  These pink hats are nothing, but the latest expression of protest.  Not only women, but all people feel the need to create art when they have something to say and need a way to express themselves; through song, paint, drawing, sculpture, writing, poetry and other crafts.

Had these marches taken place thirty years ago, I would have been right in the middle of it.  It is something I would have loved to be a part of.  Now, maybe, I’m too cynical and definitely older and more tired.  My friend from college, who sometimes would go to protests told me years later that she learned that it was more effective to work from the inside to make change, rather than standing outside that chain link fence holding a sign.  I believe she was right.

I urge you all to make that change from the inside, starting with yourself.  Stand together in solidarity, but at the end of the day stand individually by your own solitary self.  You have more power than you think you do.  If you see something that needs fixing in the world, then take the initiative and fix it.  Even the smallest things make a difference.  While we can’t always do the best thing or the right thing everyday, when we make a conscience effort to try and do the right thing, like helping someone out, being kind, picking up after a stranger in shared public spaces, spending our money with companies that try and make the world better, this makes a difference.   These are things that if we all did them, would make a difference in the world.

What if everyone lived their lives as if the reason for being here was to make the world a better place?  I try and teach this to my children, because this is a world that I would like to live in.  What about you?

 

 

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Book Fairs, Book Fairies and Birthdays

Hello all!

I’ve been busy doing some book things and some family things.  I hardly feel I have time to breath.  (With all the ash falling from the sky, maybe I shouldn’t!  Fortunately, we are getting some rain here in the PNW to wash away some of the ash from the fires.)

At the end of July I did a nice book signing at the PNWA Summer Conference Author party.  Here’s my display.  I was next to a thriller author.  Loved his great covers!

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Then at the end of August, I sat with several other authors from the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest at the Waterfront Book Festival, which happened to coincide with the Waterfront Arts Festival.  It was a gorgeous day to sit out and enjoy the view.  I only feel bad that during the time I stepped out for lunch, I missed several people who stopped by my table.  If you stopped by to see me, I would love to hear from you, either in the comments or send me an e-mail.  This was one of the nicest events I’ve done so far.

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At the end of August, my family took a vacation to Yellowstone.  I hadn’t been there to look around, since I was very young and my kids had never been.  It was an incredible trip.  No, we did not feed the bison, but we saw a lot of them and a lot of elk.SONY DSC

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This week I celebrated a BIG birthday with a lot of good food, family and friends!   As well as getting some gifts, I was able to play Book Fairy and I left two of my books around town for someone to find.  I hope they enjoy them!

Finally, if you don’t have my book Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans, you can pick up the e-book now on sale for a limited time for 99¢ on Amazon.

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https://www.amazon.com/Space-Tripping-Shredded-Orphans-Sonya-ebook/dp/B00G3IMG5K/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Happy Reading!

 

Poetry posts and Review of Events

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This morning my post is up on the Writer’s Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.  It’s a song lyric from my first Shredded Orphans novel “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans”.  Check it out here:

http://writers-coop.com/queen-of-the-bees/

In other news, I had two great events in the past few weeks.  At the end of April I had a delightful time with 14 other authors at a book signing at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek.  It was a fun evening filled with books and food.

The other was my very first book reading at the Neverending Bookshop in Bothell.  It was  so nice to see everyone who turned out for it and the owner, Annie, did a great job of setting up for the event and making me feel welcome and comfortable.  I read the first chapter of “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans“, part of “The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates” and a smattering of poems from “Requite Me: Poems of Love Jealousy and Angst“.  The two hours just flew by.  Also, there were brownies and banana muffins.  What more could you want?

#BookSignings and #RecordStoreDay Make Me Smile!

Saturday April 22 is Record Store Day!  I know, you’ve been waiting all year for this.

Click the record above to go to their website, where you can view or download a list of the limited edition vinyl that will be available.  Personally, I’m interested in the David Bowie and the Ramones records.  I was quite surprised by the Corey Feldman release and check out the great “Prince before he was Prince” album cover.  Super cute!

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I know many of you aren’t into vinyl and don’t own a record player (gasp!), but I encourage you to run down to your favorite record store (or if that’s no more, then any near you) and show them some music love tomorrow!

Book Signings or Author Sightings

I’m doing two (yes you read that right!), two book signing events in the next five weeks.  I’ll be at the UW Mill Creek University Book Store on April 27th from 4-7pm with fourteen fabulous local authors from the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.  We’ll have refreshments, tell you a little about our books and do a little Q&A.  Come and join the Book Release Party!  I’d love to see you there!

Also, I’m at The Neverending Bookshop in Bothell on May 20th from noon to 2pm.  This is a fabulous little new and used bookstore that opened almost two years ago.  I love the idea of supporting this independent bookstore and having her be able to have me in to speak about my book.  It’s such a great opportunity.  I hope you’ll stop by and give her some book love!  (I’ll probably even bake you some brownies!)

 

#PNWA Sci-Fi and Fantasy Author book signing at Gilman Village

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Gift basket for the book signing tomorrow. Mysteries of Space DVD set, Flipside wine (with a cool picture of a record on it), and Theo’s chocolate (because what self-respecting gift basket doesn’t have chocolate!)  Also, brownies cooling on the counter.  Stop by on Saturday, March 18th at Gilman Village – Writer’s Cottage from 1-3pm and I’ll save a brownie for you!

Here’s more details for the event. There will be snacks and raffle prizes. Hope you can make it!

March Book Signing Event – Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal

Saturday, March 18th 1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Writer’s Cottage
317 NW Gilman Village, Ste 8
Issaquah, WA 98027

Featured Authors:
DJ Downard
Sonya Rhen
MariLou Harveland
Karen E. MacLeod
Terry Persun

 

Book Signing and Smashwords Sale

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It’s been way too long, but I have news, so it’s about time I posted something.   As a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association I get the wonderful opportunity to have a shared book signing with some other Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.  We will be at the Writer’s Cottage in Gilman Village in Issaquah, Washington.  If you happen to be around on March 18th from 1-3pm, please stop in and say “Hi” and buy a few books.  I’ll have all three paperback books available for sale.

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In addition, Smashwords is having their annual “Read an eBook Week” from March 5-11.  I have the first Shredded Orphans book, Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans on Smashwords special for 50% off. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/434508  just enter the code RAE50.

Hope to see you all soon and Happy Reading!

Indie Author Day | October 8 #IndieAuthorDay

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Indie Author Day (the first annual) is coming up this October 8th.  I will be at the King County Library Service Center for the event.  Come out and meet me an many other indie authors if you are in the Seattle area.  If you live elsewhere, check your local library to see if they are hosting an event.

Hope to see you there!

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Indie Author Day: Saturday, October 8, 10am – 3pm

King County Library System Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, WA 98027

Directions to KCLS Service Center: http://kcls.org/locations/1540/

Schedule:

10am – 11am – Meet & Greet with Authors

11am – Noon – National Live Streaming Q & A with writers, agents and industry leaders. Panelists include: Moderator Jon Fine, (formerly of Amazon), Robin Cutler, Kiera Parrott, Jim Blanton, L. Penelope.

Link to panelists: http://indieauthorday.com/blog/streaming-at-a-library-near-you/

Noon – 12:30 – Meet & Greet with Authors

12:30 – 1:30pm – Panel Discussion: Amazon Author Opportunities

1:30 – 2pm – Meet & Greet with Authors

2pm – 3pm – Panel Discussion: Using Self-e

National Indie Author Day link: http://indieauthorday.com/

KCLS Indie Author Day link:  https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/search/q=Indie%20Author%20Day

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