FREE eBooks: You Still Have Until Midnight

My patience with Hostgator’s technical snafus is running out (don’t ask) ~ but YOU still have until midnight tonight to claim your FREE copies of the last four ebooks in my serial novel Shadows Present . . .

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Ordinarily, you would be seeing this post on my website: RenaissanceWomanInk.com. Unfortunately, my hosting program ~ after seven years ~ has decided to be glitchy (any suggestions for a more reliable and user friendly hosting program are welcome!)

This is the post I created and launched yesterday after the problem was “fixed”: Read below, or click the link to download the pdf with live links (renaissancewomanink-com-free-stories-weekend-just-because).

Now, I think I’ll go research hosting programs . . . Happy Sunday, everyone!

See you on the beach.

Rebecca

Free Stories Weekend: Just Because

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Yes, my 90 days of Free Story Friday (or Saturday, or you know, whenever ) has ended, but here’s the thing:

All the of the ebooks in my serial novel Shadows Present, will be moving out of Kindle Unlimited next week, and it occurred to me that the last 4 had two unused days that they could be offered for free. Seemed like a waste not to use them. Then I thought ~ well, that would be weird, offering the last 4 for free when the first three are out of free days.

Still, I reasoned. There may be people who downloaded the first 3 at some point and missed the days when the last 4 were free. Out Christmas shopping, perhaps ~ and too exhausted from fighting the Black Friday weekend crowds to remember that, oh, shoot, I was going to download the rest of that serial novel that looked so good!

So, in case that was you ~ and just because I hate wasting opportunities to get a great story in front of more people for free ~ here are the links to the last 4 ebooks of Shadows Present. Download them for FREE from the links below.

Whether you’re new to the novel or this just reminds you that you were going to read it and haven’t gotten to it yet ~ I hope you do read Shadows Present, either via the free downloads, or before it goes out of Kindle Unlimited on the 6th.

Here are the last 4 to get you started.

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It Really Isn’t, You know

As the divisiveness, hate speech, violence, and all the negative energy that characterized the campaign continues, post election, I keep hearing the phrase “it is what it is.”

I’ve been hearing that phrase for some years now, and almost always in a tone of (at least  momentary) belligerence or resignation.

The fact is, no matter who you voted for or against, no matter if you were among those who felt there was no good choice, but still did your best to educate yourself and vote responsibly anyway, the results of the election were never going to put an end to the divisiveness, aggression, and even violence – regardless of which of the two “won.”

In the words of popular culture: haters gonna hate.

People who commit violent acts are not doing it because their candidate lost or the other won. Normal people don’t change into violent people overnight, and certainly not because the candidate of their choice lost the election. They don’t commit violent acts as representative of a specific group. Just like everyone else, they behave the way they do because that’s the people they’ve chosen to be. The election results are just the current convenient excuse.

As is true for everything in your life, what happens from here is your choice.

You can rail against the perceived injustice, you can mourn or be fearful at “the end of the world as we know it,” or you can choose to see the situation as an opportunity. An opportunity to become more involved in the way you, your loved ones, and your community are governed and served by the people elected to office, more involved in the process by which those officials are elected, more involved in working to change what needs changed and repairing or replacing what no longer works.

No presidential candidate can do all that, no matter what they promise. It’s up to you.

There is no birth without pain, there is no change without destruction, there is no moving forward without leaving something behind. But you get to choose whether you’ll be part of the new life, part of positive changes that have us growing and moving forward, or if you’ll stay behind, locked in the old paradigm of “us” versus “them,” of “my way or the highway,” of “might makes right” and mob rule. YOU decide ~ not whoever was elected.

Because it really isn’t: “it is what it is” ~ end of story.  In truth, it is what you decide it is, and where you decide to go from there.NotObligatedtowin

Your choice. Always has been.

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This needs to stop

A few weeks ago, as I was driving up to Michigan City, I saw, in front of a small white clapboard sided church next to the highway, this message on the church marquee:

Jesus is coming.

We hope He gets here before November.

Interesting how that stops being funny the more you think about it. Humor often masks fear –and the most common thread of emotion running through all of the public “conversation” this past year is Fear.

Fear that makes people speak and act in haste, say and do things that they never would have if they weren’t tired and afraid and on the defensive. Friends and family members find themselves at odds and become vocal because everyone has been scrubbed so raw by verbal vitriol that we’re all walking nerve endings and it doesn’t take much to sting and hurt.

And thanks to social media, you can find yourself defending a position you don’t really believe in because you expressed it in public, in writing, at some point when you were tired or scared or both.

I find myself again, this campaign year, holding out for it to be over – and I’m not alone. I hear that same sentiment reflected back wherever I go: “I just wanted to be over.” “Is it November 9 yet?” As if we could get back to the business of being normal, ordinary, decent people in a vibrant free society once the election is over.

What does it say about us that we have so let our system of “government” devolve to the place that it barely matters which presidential candidate wins the election because we just want it to be over? Or, better yet, we want someone to save us? Because, ultimately, we have no faith that any of the people who are poised to govern us and serve the public good will actually be doing that.

In reality, it isn’t about politics or the issues or serving the public good ~ it hasn’t been for a long time. It’s about the insidious and subtle erosion of those virtues that our parents taught us and that we try to teach our children: honesty, integrity, respect, and responsibility; the importance of compassion tolerance, and empathy; and of being contributing members of our communities. Or even common courtesy  or just plain human decency.

Unless you’re a sociopath you have a conscience. You have one for a reason. Listen to it.

This presidential campaign, especially, has devolved into public displays of intolerance, rudeness, misinformation and out right lies perpetuated and spreading like a disease throughout the public consciousness via social media and so-called mainstream media. And it just goes grindingly on, until we’re all so raw and hurt and weary we just want it to be over. An entire society of individuals who increasingly feel as if they’re being water boarded – because it won’t be over on November 9. Regardless of who is elected as president, the divisiveness will go on.

It’s time to stop this.

You can’t change other people’s behavior by force any more than you can change their opinions by shouting louder than them. If you want strong, honest, and responsible leaders you have to be strong and honest and responsible yourself.

Try not to react to verbal barbs and pot shots from people who are themselves emotionally raw and tired and scared. And try not to participate in the propaganda machine that is social media. If you’re too tired to go and check out that post for yourself and verify that it’s true, don’t share or retweet or whatever.

If you want to have an impact in government, start with your own family and friends and community. Get involved on a local level; do your best to serve your constituents and make your community a better place. As far as this, or any, election goes, if you’re going to exercise the privilege of voting, then take responsibility for educating yourself about the candidates, their track record in dealing with people, serving their communities, etc. Once you have, vote your conscience ~ and be grown-up enough to let other people vote their’s ~ then do your best to exemplify the virtues of respect, for yourself and others, honesty, empathy, compassion, and responsibility that you want to see in you leaders.

It isn’t about Hillary or Donald. Ultimately it’s about each one of us, individually. That old saw about being the change you want to see in the world is a cliché only because it’s true.

It all starts with YOU. So be the person who behaves with honesty and integrity and responsibility, be a person of good conscience who sets a higher standard. Don’t just keep your head down and hope for the best ~ or for a savior to get us out of this mess.

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