A Letter to My Blog Followers

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Hello, my lovelies,

As so many of you are, I am devastated by the results of our election. It’s difficult for me to put words to the many thoughts and feelings I have. In all honesty, it’s been difficult for me to even allow myself to feel those feelings. I’ve been further distressed this past week by all the infighting that I’ve seen online, between people supposedly “on the same side.” It’s breaking my heart. A lady once said we’d be stronger together. Remember that? I still believe that. It’s how I’m living my life.

I don’t know how much I will be blogging in the future. I created The Blabbermouth Blog because I wanted to talk to writers and people in the publishing industry, about writing and publishing. But it’s difficult to write a post about “story arc” or “10 things to improve your query letter,” when it feels like the world is crumbling. 

So, here’s what you can count on me for:

  • I will continue to try to make a difference in our world in the way I have always done since joining the publishing industry 7 years ago, standing firm in my commitment to representing the stories and voices of people who have traditionally been marginalized.
  • I will continue to be unabashedly, unapologetically, and loudly feminist, talking about feminism, defending and supporting and working for the rights of women and girls.
  • In small and large ways, with my money and my individual actions, I will work even harder to support the rights of people of color, people of all religions (and no religion), and those in the GLBTQ+ community.
  • In small and large ways, with my money and my individual actions, I will continue working for healthy and sustainable environmental policies.

Here’s what you can not count on me for:

  • I may or may not be active on social media; social media isn’t always the best thing for my mental health.
  • I don’t post where I donate, when I volunteer, and all of that. Please know that doesn’t mean I don’t care or think that I’m not in action.
  • I may or may not just talk about writing and publishing on this blog. If you don’t care for that, you’re welcome to read someone else’s blog.

For those of you who’ve been reading The Blabbermouth Blog for a while, you know I’m all about peace and love. I know that’s a strength. But just so you know, that doesn’t mean I’m not kicking ass and taking names. For me, the personal is political and the political is personal.






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14 responses to “A Letter to My Blog Followers

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  2. Thank you for being a candle in the dark.

  3. Lynn

    I hear you and totally agree. Just came out of a fetal position I’d been in for days. Hard to believe a country I’ve always been proud of has done this. Hang in there, sister, and know there are many others like you out in the world.

  4. Bev

    So glad I started following you! As a person of color, thank you!

  5. Peg Martin-Epstein

    Truth. All of it. Xoxo


  6. Mary Copp

    I appreciate your sharing, your writing and your wisdom and honesty, Linda, and I will keep reading what you post.

  7. Thanks, Linda, for writing this. Dark days for the U.S. But there is hope in the fact that many progressive politicians, some who won and some who lost, are now out there continuing to work, and I think they will be joined by more and more as we all have to band together to fight, as one of your respondents has said, the coming evils, and to prepare the ground for something much better.

  8. jhayslett

    I’m with you, Linda. I grieve for us all and weep especially for all of the daughters and granddaughters for generations to come.

  9. Thank you for your honesty and conviction. I think many of us have been feeling much the same, myself included. Sending cyber hugs to all of you while we continue to make a difference in every way we can.

  10. Nicole Valentine

    One does not need to scream to have a consistent, wise and powerful voice. Love you.

  11. Christine Wideman

    I appreciate your honesty and conviction. We all need to make a difference ‘where we live’.

  12. idzalg

    Stronger together for sure, Linda. Thanks for posting.

  13. Devastated and distressed as well. But THANK YOU for continuing to hold to principles and do good. We are all going to have to band together to fight the coming evils. (And I don’t use that word lightly.) My best to you.

  14. Hugs to you, Linda! I feel the same way, but I’m continuing to share links and posts about story arcs and querying on Kidlit411, because as many have said, we need true and great stories for children more than ever. And I will keep writing and illustrating (in addition to donating, speaking up, and working on the broader issues).