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It’s hard to believe that less than a month ago Robin’s Blue was published. It was a long road. Ten years to be exact. And no easy feat. There was a lot of market study, design and prep. But it’s paid off. 12,000 sales in two weeks, top listing on Amazon Bestsellers.

I’ve received mostly good, but also, some very bad reviews. I try to avoid looking at the remarks but I crane my neck toward the car wreck, nonetheless. My husband noticed, the assertions seem to be consistent with each other. Outrage at the despicable behavior of my characters. Some simply refuse to believe that there was a time when AIDS wasn’t on the tip of everyone’s tongue, that children were wholly unsupervised or kicked out of the house by the time they were teenagers, that overt recreational drug use was more of an expected behavior than a considered handicap. But I can say, having lived to tell, that it WAS totally like that.

I’m thrilled that I’ve received unsolicited kudo’s beyond my close-knit circle. An author on Twitter used the word “verisimilitude” to describe my writing. I had to look it up to make sure he wasn’t insulting me. I was pleasantly surprised with and grateful for the compliment coming from a fellow writer.

I’ve been asked about my “research” for my heroine Robin. I didn’t have too look far, she was everywhere in those days. Just watch the movie Almost Famous –there were half the girls I grew up with. We all made a life for ourselves beyond the party, after those tumultuous late teen and early twenty years.

I’ll discuss more in future blogs. I’m excited now about my decade of work reaching an audience. And I’m going to enjoy that for the time being. If you haven’t gotten it yet, do. And if you happen to live near me, I’ll be happy to sign your copy.

Pam Alster, former TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel debut Robin’s Blue available now in Kindle and Paperback. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @plexigirl.

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NPR (National Public Radio), full of dry statistics and straight up news. Not much flash, but real information. Every item today was about progress. Yes, progress.

Newspapers –The Times-Picayune, the Durango Herald, I think I even heard that the Syracuse Post Standard are cutting their publishing week and opting for the less-expensive online route. Public schools are moving toward digital text books with interactive features. All reasons for the publishing houses to be in terror of losing the entire industry.

Then were topics being tossed around for the Presidential debate aired tonight from Colorado. Job creation. Our unused fossil fuels. How we need to expand our own national resources. The deficit.

As a now middle-aged woman, I grew up with TV dinners, astronauts and Motown. A baby during the civil rights era, I came of age through the denial of the ERA, the sexual revolution, the onset of AIDS and drug addiction. It’s astounding to see the wheels of seismic evolution rolling.

I don’t know much but it seems obvious that the time is now for us Americans to re-set our way of thinking. We have to molt from the consumerism trap and educate our emerging work force to support the structure of our future economy. Older workers, laid-off employees must be re-educated our for the digital age –software engineers and programmers instead of structural engineers. Science for renewables instead of coal-mining, data input to reduce paper and the current backlog of accessible information. Solar and renewables instead of our ridiculous addiction to oil. Putting people into jobs that re-invest in our infrastructure and mass transit. Removing ourselves from this perpetual state of war that we can no longer afford –not just in dollars but in morale and the damage to the returning veterans, their families and communities. Transition from a country of mass incarceration with changes in drug laws and the move toward rehabilitation and treatment. Family planning, instead controlling women’s bodies by crying piety or shaming them. In general, pushing forward, not back.

This is the message I want to hear before election day. I’m over the geezer retoric — job creation, energy independence (meaning let’s open Artic drilling), no new taxes, global warming is a hoax, down with Socialism. How about drop the political divisive issues and float something we can all get behind like when Kennedy inspired our nation to go to the moon? I know, fluff, right? But it worked.

As a member of the generation that is now “minding the store,” my hope is that we can rise toward innovation, pride in accomplishment and working together for the common good. It’s not Socialism, it’s smart.

My brother-in-law, a Capital Hill insider, says before any real change can happen (and I paraphrase), that a bunch of old men will have to go the way of the dinosaur. Bummer. Let’s hope for our kids that we will choose to transform sooner than later.

Pam Alster, former stand-up comedienne, Lifetime TV writer & suburban mom brings a decade of living on the dark side to light in her novel Robin’s Blue available everywhere November 1st. Find her on Facebook and Twitter @plexigirl.

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