Trying to absorb the reality/ My life in 2016

This is my Facebook post from this morning. I will add to it below:

I have been writing, but I will admit to having been EXTREMELY DISTRACTED by the US political landscape over the past six months. The possibility of having Donald Trump as the president of the United States of America has horrified me to the extent that I’ve been spending a great deal of time absorbing the reality that this is happening–that Trump is being given serious consideration as a presidential candidate–and less on my friendships on Facebook and posting in my blog.
In my opinion, Trump disqualifies himself from being a legitimate contender for the presidency OVER and OVER again by spouting unforgivable comments and tweets that show no regard for human rights and no respect for human beings. They reveal his heart.
For example, Trump mocked a disabled reporter. This disgusting act of ridicule, IN ITSELF, makes the man INELIGIBLE to be the leader of the free world.
How can anyone stand behind a man who does this?

no trump


As to the books I’ve been working on….

I’ve written three manuscripts. Two of them, an adult and YA, deal with the relationship between a transgender person and those who care about him/her. These books do not yet have a home, in terms of a publisher. I was inspired to write them by the anger I felt with regard to the “bathroom bills” enacted in North Carolina  that requires one to use the bathroom of the gender on one’s birth, as well as the high suicide rate for transgender teens.

I also wrote a fun one! I have always wanted to retell a fairy tale, and make the main characters LGBTQ. And I did it. Here is how I would start my blurb.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, so I may climb the golden stair.

 Yeah…um, no.

rapunzel climb hair

In His Gilded Cage, a YA LGBTQ modern fairy tale retelling, “Rapunzel” is indeed alluring, crowned with a mane of long blond hair and blessed by an enchanting musical talent that draws a brave rescuer to a high tower hidden in the forest. However, this Rapunzel just so happens to be a teenager named Lucci, sold as a young boy to the wealthy and childless Damien Gotham for the price of a fast car and a pile of cash. And Lucci’s heroic prince is actually Will Prinzing (Prin), an ambitious seventeen-year-old landscaper, hired to care for the grounds at the lavish Tower Estate where Lucci resides, who climbs to the top of an Extendo-ladder rather than a long golden braid to gain access to Lucci’s second floor bedroom window.

I based my “Rapunzel” character of Erik Andersson.


His Gilded Cage was so much fun to write!! I think I’ll write another LGBTQ fairy tale retelling– I’ve always LOVED the story of Beauty and the Beast.

Raine O’Tierney and I have also come together to write a YA LGBTQ contemporary fiction, signed a contract with Harmony Ink Press, and will publish it… well, a very long time from now, but it deals with the beauty and value of silence, gaining control through losing control, and owning/embracing your life circumstances. I am a little bit in live with the character I wrote and his sister, who I based on models Lucky Blue Smith and his sister Pyper America Smith. Raine’s character is such a sweetheart, too. ❤


Also, two of my kids have graduated- one from high school and one from college. In this sense, I have been distracted in a very good way unlike what I talked about in my Facebook status this morning.

This is 2016 for Momma Mia… I hope to be around a lot more now.

4 Comments on “Trying to absorb the reality/ My life in 2016

  1. Great review of 2016! So happy for you & your family & to your graduates .. Congratulations! Hope the last half of the year is as kind to you all. Getting my passport ready if Trump wins .. worst thing about this whole scenario .. there are supposed ‘educated’ people .. not reading or listening to actual REAL facts & think automatically that Trump knows what he is talking about. That has me seriously worried more than Trump. Mob mentally seems to rule them. Really scary!

  2. I think you have a point about mob mentality, Anna, which is frightening and reminds me of some very scary lessons we should have learned from in the past. The majority shouldn’t always rule. In this case, I hope Trump doesn’t end up with the majority in the presidential election. I think he might try to the best of his ability to “act presidential” now until the election, which could allow some voters to say, “he’s not all that bad”, but what if he wins the presidency? Then, there will be no reason for him to “act presidential”. He already has the presidency and can just do as he pleases. (shudder)

    I also think people want a change, but not all of the devils we don’t know are better than the ones we do know. Yes, Donald Trump is change. But we need to look at the messages he’s sending about PEOPLE- about religion and disability and race and LGBTQ equality and gender and so much more.

    Thanks for commenting.

  3. I’m glad you got to be mama Mia! Your children are amazing! All very different, each talented in different ways.. Kudos to you for fostering individuality!!

    The fairy tale sounds so fun!! Of course I will read whatever you write.. 😊

    About Trump.. I agree with Elizabeth Warren that he is the ultimate bully. And so many of my friends are Trump supporter (some because he’s the republican nominee)… To me both Trump and Clinton represent the worst in politicians.. and I’m a life-long democrat but I considered voting for Kasich.. I’m certainly not going to vote for Trump but it’s depressing that I choosing Hillary because I don’t want Trump.. I was so enthusiastic for Obama.. Sigh..

    Happy writing, Mia!

  4. Hi Kari- Thank you for the congrats on the kids. One more to go… (Chris to graduate high school). Did you have a child graduate this year? Please tell me about it, if you did.

    I know how you feel about Obama- i love him too. I was constantly inspired by him and agreed with almost everything he said and did. I really like Bernie, too, but I think at this point I’m not going to get exactly what I want, but I will vote for the candidate of the Democratic Party because it stands for most of what I believe in, and it is not Donald Trump. I really like Elizabeth Warren, too. She’s kinda feisty.

    We have to chat soon!! It has been a while!!

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