Horrible crime in KCK

Just wanted to start out by saying I am so sorry to the families of those murdered in KCK yesterday, as well as the victim in Montgomery county MO. I can’t imagine what it is like to have your family destroyed by someone like that. The police have caught the suspect, Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino, in Missouri.

What is going on in KCK? It has been named one of the murder capitals of the US now, based on the number of murders that have happened recently. It’s getting worse all the time. And the thing is, I’ve never felt unsafe in the Kansas City metro really, but before we bought our condo on the Missouri side we did look in the KCK area, and there were a couple of areas there that we drove in and immediately drove out of because they just seemed very creepy and kind of scared us. They need to get this under control. I don’t know if this is caused by a specific thing, such as maybe higher rate of gangs or crime groups moving into the area, or what, but there has to be some kind of answer to this. There just has to.

On to things that are slightly less disturbing

I’m almost back in swing on the writing. My daily patterns have started to fall back into where they were before we bought the condo and before we moved, and I’m spending more time working on the story. So yay! Maybe I’ll be able to really get some solid work done on it now.

I really liked how the last Goodreads giveaway went, so I’m running another for Faerie Queen. If you’re interested, click below to go sign up for a chance to win a copy.

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Faerie Queen by Jennie Taylor

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by Jennie Taylor

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Terrible ruling overturned in Alabama relating to adoption in a same-sex relationship!

This was great news! Originally, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the adoption, performed in Georgia, had no bearing in Alabama because they didn’t recognize adoption by a partner in a same-sex relationship. This completely ignores the fact that the US constitution says a court in one state must recognize what courts in other states rule, which is basically what the US Supreme Court said unanimously. That’s right, all eight justices told them to shut up and stop being stupid jerks. Way to go!

This next story upsets me, and I almost didn’t want to write about it.

Director of the Matrix, Lilly Wachowski (formerly known as Andy) has publicly come out as transgender. The really disturbing part of this story is that she wasn’t allowed to do so on her own timeline. Basically, she made the public announcement because the tabloids in the UK were going to out her.

So not cool.

A person should never have the fear of being outed like that. Look, if a politician is fervently and publicly anti-LGBT I can understand that people want to know if they themselves are LGBT, because it shows that they are being hypocritical. I’m not quite sure how to feel in that case, it still gives me an icky feeling, but I can understand it. This is different. This is a person who had to publicly declare a very private and very personal thing; something she was not making public yet in any way. That’s wrong. Very wrong.

Having said all that, I’m very happy for Lilly. Congratulations on finally being able to be a true and authentic you!

Yet another disturbing news tidbit:

I want to first say that I think this was an idiotic and stupid accident by a staffer who was trying to attack a politician during a campaign. Or I hope it was. Surely nobody is this stupid.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee sent out a tweet yesterday that said Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth, who is running for a senate seat against a Republican, “…has a sad record of not standing up for our veterans”. The problem with that (a standard line that politicians throw at each other all the time) is that Representative Duckworth is a war veteran who tragically lost both of her legs while serving in Iraq.

Like I said, I can’t imagine someone being stupid enough to intentionally say something like this about someone who lost her legs while serving our country. I’m not brushing it off as nothing, because they clearly should have been more careful about who they were attacking and how. But I do think sometimes people say dumb things without thinking. Of course the NRSC didn’t just apologize and let it drop, as they should have. Instead they basically said that the reporters should be giving as much attention to Representative Duckworth’s record as they are to this tweet. Um, you’re in a hole, so maybe you should stop digging, NRSC. Really.

That’s all I’ve got for now. Everyone have a wonderful week!

All moved in

Finished Moving

Sort of, anyway. We’re in the new place and out of the old, but there’s still a lot of settling in to do. We’re unpacked, but things need sorted and we need to figure out where some things go. I’m trying to get my writing area sorted out, so I’m not doing much writing yet. I’ve done a little. I’ll be back into swing soon, though.

Now comes all the fun parts, like registering the car and new driver’s licenses. And Missouri requires a safety inspection, which Kansas did not, so that’s interesting to get done. And the license plate on the front. We’ll have to put a bracket on the front of the car, since ours doesn’t have one. Little annoying things like that.

The good news is we didn’t have much trouble with the move at all. It went really quickly and was pretty easy with the help of my brother-in-law. (I really appreciate it, if you’re reading this!)

Just a couple of quick things:

  • There was a shooting in Hesston Kansas last week. It’s awful that things like this keep happening. But today I saw that a Kansas Senator thinks the answer to this is to force companies to allow more guns in their workplaces. This is insane. I understand that not all people are going to agree with me on gun rights, and as long as they can make some sense I can have some respect for people with different viewpoints. But this is silly. Can you image everyone whipping out their guns and shooting back at the gunman? Imagine all the other innocent bystanders that may have been hit in the crossfire. And what if they didn’t know what was going on, just that someone over there shot them, so they pull out their guns and start shooting at the people who were supposedly just trying to stop the original attacker. This turns into a bloody mess in a hurry. Not to mention the fact that every little disagreement that right now would escalate to shoving or punching would instead turn into a situation where someone dies from a gunshot. So no, the answer to gun violence isn’t more guns. That’s just insane.
  • People keep voting for Donald Trump. I don’t get it. I don’t get it at all. Whatever you think of the guy’s trustworthiness (I don’t think very highly, personally), he thinks we should ban muslims from entering the country! That’s un-American! We are supposed to judge people on their actions, not their religion. How can so many people vote for someone who so blatantly disregards one of the foundations of our country? And I know people are saying that these aren’t American citizens, therefor they have no Constitutional rights. Still, it’s one of our firmest beliefs. We do not block people from exercising their religion. Can you imagine what the uproar would be if someone wanted to ban all Christians from entering the country? How would these same people who are voting for trump like that one? I personally find banning anyone based on their religion so offensive that I just… I don’t even know how to put it into words! It’s horrid!

*Deep Breath, Jen*

I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Great Review for Faerie Queen at onmykindle.net / Moving Soon

I got a great review from onmykindle.net this week! I really enjoyed reading Charity’s thoughts on the book, so I wanted to mention it. You can also see her review on amazon and on goodreads. Thank you so much, Charity!

We’re moving across the metro soon, which I’ve previously mentioned. I’ve spent the past few weeks preparing the new place to move in and packing things up to move. I haven’t had much chance to write because of this, but we’re going to move most of our stuff this weekend, so hopefully by next week I’ll be back to writing the final book in the Non-Vampire trilogy. I’ve got a basic outline figured out, and I’ve started on it, so hopefully it’ll go quickly once I get rolling on it again. Fingers crossed!

As part of our move we’re going to have to transfer our internet service to the new place, so I may not have a chance to post next week if things don’t go well, or if I’m just too busy unpacking. So if you don’t hear from me next week I’ll try to give an update on whether I’ve been able to get back to writing by the next week.

One last thing: The Daytona 500. I’m a big racing fan. I don’t watch as much as I used to, but I still try to catch some races now and then, especially Cup races. I only got to see the last 10 laps of the Daytona 500 the other day, but what a finish! If you didn’t see it and you’re a racing fan, go check out the coverage at ESPN.com. The closest Daytona 500 in history. What an ending!

Everyone have a great week!