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Today is the most important day of the year – it is MY BIRTHDAY!  I was the first grandchild in my family for six years, and I was born on July 3rd, so it took me a while to figure out that the fireworks and the big beach celebration weren’t meant for me.

(I was generous. I magnanimously shared My Fireworks with everyone.  AS I STILL DO.)

Today I shall be celebrating by heading down to Amish country and eat cheese, which is a thing that old people do to celebrate. But if you would like to wish me joy on this occasion, here’s a few things you can do:

1) Call Your Senator To Preserve Health Care!
Looks like Trumpcare is about to pass – while Donald Trump has been making headlines with stupid Twitter-fights, Mitch McConnell has quietly submitted his revised bill to the CBO, indicating that he probably has the votes.  And yes, it’s exhausting and demoralizing because even if we get the Senators to halt this bill, they’ll come back with another bill…

So your birthday gift to me can be rising, grumpy and irritated, from your couch to pick up the phone and call one more time.  (To those of you going, “But my Senators are Democratic!”, call them and say, “GO BALLS TO THE WALL TO STOP THIS FUCKING THING.”)

I’ve written a still-mostly-relevant how-to guide as to how neurotic people like myself can call their Senator, so it’s as easy as possible.  Wanna make a weasel happy?  Act politically.

2) Preorder My Upcoming Book, THE UPLOADED!
People frequently ask me, “Where’s the best place to buy your book so you benefit the most from it?”  And as for all authors, the question is not “Where” but “When.”  As I’ve discussed before, ordering in advance of the release date is the single best thing you can do for an author’s career.

(Unless you’re an editor. Then buying their book and promoting the fuck out of it is the best thing you can do.  But most of you aren’t editors.)

Anyway, The Uploaded is coming out in September, and I’m nervous about its reception because – like every book – it’s hard to get traction when the world is actually falling apart.  So if you were planning on buying it, you can make me happier on my birthday by buying it today! And if you’re not sure whether you wanted to buy a book about what happens five hundred years after humanity perfected immortality, well, Barnes and Noble has the first two chapters available for your perusal.

(And yes, I’ll be doing a book tour of some kind, though there will probably be different cities. I’m gonna try hard to hit Ann Arbor, and Washington DC, and maybe Atlanta and Colorado, as well as other locations people have been bugging me about to go to. Feel free to contact me if you have a local bookstore you think would be amenable to hosting.)

Anyway, The Uploaded is ready for preorder at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and every good bookshop you can name.  If you’re up for it, geddit.

3) Treat Yo Self. 
If you’ve done those first two, well, do something nice for yourself. Go watch the fireworks, if you have them in your country.  My birthday’s awesome, and you’re awesome, so make yourself feel awesome.

Love to you.  Happy birthday to me.  Peace out.

Cross-posted from Ferrett's Real Blog.

Date: 2017-07-04 05:40 am (UTC)
flwyd: (transparent ribbon for government accoun)
From: [personal profile] flwyd
Recent input I got from a political organization with which I volunteer is that a personalized email through the MoC's website is probably more effective than a phone call. And a personalized call is better than a call that's obviously from a script.

There are a couple reasons for this. First, a phone call is answered by whoever happens to answer the phone, so in most cases the impact you have is someone marking down a tally mark on one side or the other of a position; and they may be annoyed while they do this, because congressional contacts have skyrocketed since the election, but they still have the same number of staff as they had in the '70s. Whereas an email may get routed to the MoC aide on the subject of interest, e.g. a health care message going to the health care aide, and they can read it when they weren't in the middle of doing something else. Additionally, you can check the "I would like a response" box which will require someone to pay enough attention to your message to pull a coherent reply together from pre-written snippets. I find it easier to be clear in an email, rather than confused or angry. Being angry on the phone is likely to trigger the staffer's subconscious defense mechanisms while being confused on the phone doesn't do a lot of good to your cause. (Some people are a lot less awkward on the phone than I am.) Finally, it's really easy to spot a personal email, and staffers give more weight to those over a call, particularly a call that they can easily attribute to "a paid campaign." How much weight depends on the office and staffer, but one email might be as effective as calling every day for a couple weeks.

Date: 2017-07-05 06:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mercurialsunshine
Happy belated birthday!
And omg, please come to Atlanta! I'm one of those people that was bugging you for that before over on LJ (migrated to here recently cause of their anti-LGBT nonsense).
And while I know that this is a different book tour and this new book has nothing to do at all with doughnuts, we have the most amazing doughnut place EVER that I was just dying to get you stuff from for the Mancer series and I still would love to bring you some!

Date: 2017-07-05 06:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mercurialsunshine
Oh, and if you don't already have a bookstore in mind, I can do some inquiries if needed!

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