The Edge of Impropriety is scheduled to be released on election day, Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
And — try as I might to tell myself that the problems of one little writer don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world — I’ve got to admit that these days I’m nervous about the fate of both that writer and that world. Which is why I haven’t been blogging this past week.
Or more to the point, why I’ve been writing and rewriting this post for the last few days. Mostly hitting the delete key. Trying not to sound scared about the future or self-righteous about my own beliefs. Wondering how a romance writer does that in times like the ones we’re living in.
Deciding finally that less is more. The point is simply to keep on keeping on putting one foot in front of the other.
- As a novelist endeavoring to portray erotic depth and complexity amid historical injustice and the abuse of power (like the assault on habeas corpus in the real history behind The Slightest Provocation).
- As a citizen foot-soldiering on however I can (I’m shy, and don’t exactly love phone-banking for Senator Obama, but somebody’s gotta do it).
- And as a blogger calling proud and admiring attention to my near and dear in the front lines: my little sister Robin, her partner Barb, and their lawsuit against the state of Connecticut for their right, as a single-sex couple, to marry; and my brother Jeff who’s running for City Council in Richmond, California. Check him out at Dr. Jeff Ritterman for Richmond City Council if you support environmental justice for a struggling city dominated by oil refineries.
And if you only have time to do one hugely, critically important thing on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, you know what that is. And it’s not rushing out to buy The Edge of Impropriety.