No matter what your political affiliation, I think we can all agree the last week and a half have been a roller coaster ride of epic proportions. I keep trying to balance the desire to be informed with the need to insulate from all the external happenings that threaten my sanity. Not an easy task.
The biggest toll is the affect on my productivity. Too much news, too much hate and hurt – it’s paralyzing. I leave positive comments on social media, volunteer for worthy causes, and donate money to organizations that have the power to make a difference, but it never feels like enough to shake the grip of fear about the future.
But I have to fight the fear, because I have a future to live for and a family to help support. I have to keep writing not only because it’s my job, but because making sure we’re reflected in stories is necessary now more than ever.
So last week I started writing my next book, A More Perfect Union. It’s a political thriller, set in D.C., but instead of being a story bogged down with the antics we’ve seen from some of our leaders recently, this tale is populated with more heroes than villains. Sure, my heroines will encounter a fair share of drama and crisis, but you can count on them to be honorable, brave, and true. And while that may not reflect reality right now, I’m putting it out there as the kind of energy I’d like to attract for my own little world and the world at large. That’s how I resist.