I’ve waited until nearly the last minute to renew my domain name here on WordPress. It isn’t that I dislike their services or anything, it’s just that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue to pay for a service I’ve barely used.

It’s all me. I just haven’t been writing lately. Not blogging. I have been writing. Writing and submitting and being rejected and waiting and all the fun crap that goes along with writing. I haven’t been posting many new stories here, and even some of the older ones have disappeared, because they are going off into the wild blue yonder to be read and sent back with a note that says, “We really like your creation, but a) it’s not fit for our magazine b) we don’t have room for it in our magazine c) we don’t care d) we hate you. Kidding about those last two. The “we don’t care” usually is communicated by the lack of communication at all, meaning no response whatsoever. No one has ever said they hate me, at least not in a rejection letter.

To say I was at any time disenchanted with the writing world would be inaccurate. I knew and still know the game. Magazines, agents, and publishers are inundated with material. There’s a reason it’s called a slush pile. To say I write as often as I should be would also be inaccurate. I don’t. I procrastinate and get distracted by life in general. I come to choose sleep over writing. Trust me, there was a time when that was not the case. But I’m still trudging along, although slowly.

I’ve thought of self-publishing, been encouraged to, even. Why don’t I self-publish, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. That arena is also inundated, simply over-saturated. Not only that, but it takes money to do it right, and I simply have none.  That’s a lie. I have  some. But, it’s already been allocated to things like food, shelter, and making sure my son is supplied with the things he requires for his  medical condition.

So, I suppose that’s that, then. I renewed my domain here at WordPress because I want to keep writing, and I’m too lazy to go about changing all of the links everywhere on the interwebs to a different address. I also love spam comments, apparently. Kidding. I don’t like spam.

White House Petition

White House Petition

Hello dear readers,

As you may have noticed, I don’t get political here at A Wordsmith’s Brainworks. I like to keep things light and mostly related to my life, my writing, and reading. But occasionally, I get froggy. And I’ve never been froggy and not l leapt. It’s not in my nature. Sometimes I leap right into the mouth of a predator, but I always manage to escape relatively unharmed.

Anyway, I think we as a nation need to be more amalgamated. Are we not all Americans? Regardless if by birth or by immigrating, are we not all effected by our leaders’ choices? Do we not choose to pay their salaries, and expense accounts to boot?

Our nation is in a financial crisis, and as usual, the things being cut are essential services, social services, homeland security services (which includes disaster preparedness), social security, medicaid, and early learning programs; the list goes on. But why then are we – we the tax payers of the United States – being given the short end of the proverbial stick when our leaders are living high on the hog, on our dollars? Shouldn’t the fiscal cuts start from the top? Should the congress and senate be allowed to vote themselves a raise without our say so? We pay them. We work hard to keep this nation running-regardless of party affiliation. 

I feel that we must stand united, people. Our government wants to distract us with inane issues while they rob us and take away essential services. We shouldn’t allow it. They are employed by us, the people. 

I am asking all of you, as Americans, to sign my petition to reduce the pay of senators, congressmen, and the president, and to also eliminate their expense accounts. I can’t pretend to know how much money will be saved this way, but I’m sure it will make a large impact on our nation’s debt.

I worked as a public servant for many years, and the people had to vote on whether or not their taxes increased for our pay, however we don’t even vote on the raises congress and senate gives to themselves. Why is that?

Please sign the petition. We are a nation divided, and we will fall, if we do not stand united.

Thank you for hearing me out. Please sign. We need 100,000 signatures.