Hey!! Just wanted to let you all know what's going on with ArousedWoman, my artsy-activism, and more. And YES, I still need donations, but more on that later.
After my run as a Congressional candidate ended (in June), I sort of shut down. The reality of the horrible state of American politics was almost too much. I was literally on my own. In fact, not one person in my family wished me well when I announced my candidacy or congratulated me on trying to work for the people when it was all over.
I am in the process of writing a short book about my time as a candidate because we canNOT stay where we are in this polarized political setting. Not only will the country not move forward, I am afraid we are moving backward at an alarming rate.
In the few months since then, I went back to school -- I'm still a single mom, and I am back at work with my daily activism.
A friend who knew of my computer woes took pity on me and gifted me with a new laptop (I'm still getting the hang of Windows 8.1). If you've followed my posts on Facebook, you know I recently pulled the hard drives from my dead computer and am searching for enclosures to see if all my original works (music, writings, activisty stuff) are still there. Fingers crossed!
With this fancy new OS, I have to update all my software I use -- and I even have to get a new microphone to be able to do my radio show, ArousedWoman Radio, because the laptop doesn't have a mic jack. So I need to get a USB mic.
Anyhoo, I'm hoping you will support me now as you have in the past -- either with a donation or sharing the word about this donation page. I simply cannot afford all this myself, and I do believe I am here for a reason. Maybe not for Congress, but definitely for speaking up for women's rights, the disenfranchised, the poor -- the people whose basic rights are negated every single day. Not only am I a vocal activist for a variety of human rights causes, I try to incorporate solutions into every artistic work I create. Without offering solutions, it would all be just complaining, which solves nothing.
Bottom line, I need financial support to get my works out there to the masses. If you can donate now to support my work (music, writings, upcoming books, the return of my radio show!), I will be very grateful. And if you'd like to set up a recurring (monthly) donation, we can do that, too. (I miss those old days when artists had patrons who supported their work! :-)
I know some people are looking for a great cause to donate to here at the end of the year, and I think my work qualifies. If you would like to see links to what I do as an artist, here's a link to one of my shows: http://www.Witchcraze.com,
and the music player has song samples from a couple of my shows. (Scroll down on the music player.)
I am in the middle of writing several books: one on my campaign, a novel that deals with American Indian rights issues, and one on personal development. I am also looking to fund some stage concert readings of my musicals "Witchcraze" (set during the Salem Witch Trials and deals with women's rights, protection of the First Amendment, and tolerance for people who are considered different) and "Herstory" (highlights women who affected world events but didn't always make the his-story books), as well as my one-act opera, "Two Hearts", which explores LGBT issues, including marriage equality, and my requiem which is based on a couple of the gospels that were purposely left of out the bible by the early church fathers.
I need to raise $600 by the end of November, and another $1,500 by the end of December, so that I can get my books ready for publication in January, as well as get the equipment I need to get my radio show back on the air in January.
If you'd like to support my musical or literary works specifically, message me for the link. It's still tax-deductible. :-)
So, I am humbly asking for your support. Check out the Rewards listed, and if you'd like something else for donating, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.
I truly appreciate your help. As I say on Twitter, "Activism doesn't get a day off." And the way things are going, it looks like we need to work harder to ensure our rights are supported and protected.
THANK YOU! :-)