Welcome to the Friday before the American election. I'm hoping for taco trucks on every corner and Pride Parades and bathroom facilities for everyone and everything that allows Americans to be the wonderful, beautiful human beings they are so that they can enrich our country and each other with their talents, intelligence, and labor. Yes, I'm a damned peacenik hippy--a goth-peacenik-hippy to be specific.
And...I'm stressed out of my damned mind.
So are most of my friends. I desperately want to believe in humanity. I want so badly to believe we've no need to repeat this horrendous mistake. But the truth is I'm depressed. Even if HRC wins, we'll be dealing with the fallout for years. The amount of damage done to the American political system over the past few weeks, let alone years, is appalling. And no, I don't blame "both sides." Fuck that. The instant your 'side' has committed to doing anything to win, including voter fraud (only Trump supporters have been arrested for this,) voter intimidation, lying, cheating, closing polling places early, passing restrictive ID laws...and the list goes on...you've absolutely lost the moral high ground. How can you do all this shit and call yourself a 'patriot' with a straight face? FFS.
To deal with all this stress, I've given Nate Silver a rest. I needed something soothing and funny. So, I did something I've never done before. I cranked up Netflix and put on a show that my agent and several other fun authors I know (Hello, Dan Poblocki!) recommended. It's The Gilmore Girls.
Where has this show been all my life? I love the dialog. Love it so hard. Rapid-fire funny dialog is my favorite thing in the world and this show has it in spades. I identify with the mom. She's every bit the awkward nerd that I am. And I quote, "I know what awkward is." The verbal diarrhea when nervous? Yeah. So me. The fun bit is that I've seven seasons to binge watch before the coming reboot. That should last me until long after the election. Well, that, and volunteering to work at the polling place as a clerk. No really. I'm serious. It means that much to me that Americans get their chance to vote.
is a Science Fiction and Fantasy author living in Texas.