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Robin Hobb's Infrequent and Off Topic Blog

5 or 10 years from now . . .

read you voter pamphlet!

Do you want your life to be better 5 or even 10 years from now?


Then vote.


Regardless of your political stance on anything, the only way you will get closer to whatever goal you hope for is to vote.  


And vote in ALL the races.  Not just for President or Governor.  Look at your state Senators and Representatives.  Look at your county Executive, your Assessor, your Sheriff.  Vote for the judges in your state Supreme Court and your County Superior Court.  Look at your state Treasurer, your Superintendant of Public Instruction, and of course your Governor and Lieutenant Governor.


Vote for all the 'less important' government posts.  Because the candidates who win those posts are on their way up the political ladder.  You are going to see the names of the winners again, over and over, in the next decade.  


The best way to eliminate extremists and wackos is at the lower levels of the elections.  It's like pulling weeds in a garden.  Cull them while they are small, and they don't overshadow your plants and spread seed.  


Watch the 'little' politcal posts in your local elections.  Who is running for school board and what do they stand for?  The kids who are ten years old now and in school will be voting in eight more years, and they will vote based on what they've been allowed to learn.  Even if you don't have kids of your own in school, the kids who grow up to be voters are going to have a big effect on your life. 


Find out who is on your local Council for the Arts, and other volunteer organizations serving your community.


Vote for the people who share your values. Push them up the ladder.


And the ones who are already in power?  Make your voices heard,  Write an email when your representative or senator does something good.  Write letters when they do something stupid.  They do  care about your vote.  Make them earn your support.


Make things better for yourself in the future.

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How to get an Autographed Book

Display of Robin Hobb books at University Book Store, Seattle, Washington

It's time for another reminder of how to do this.


With traffic and other obstacles,  I don't drive up to University Book Store in Seattle as often as I used to.  


But I will be there to sign and dedicate special orders on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.  Please note this is not a 'meet the readers and sign books' occasion.  I drive up, head for the basement where the orders are waiting on a rack for me, and I sign them all.  Then University Book Store ships them out to the people who have ordered them.


Most asked question:  Where do I ask for an autograph on the order form? 


Please make that request in the comments section.  And for my sake, be very specific.  Not "It's my grandma's birthday, can you sign a book for her?"  but "Please sign this 'Happy Birthday to Amanda Jones. You made it to 70!'   That makes it so clear to me, and I don't sign it 'To Grandma.'


I live in a different country.  Will they ship a book to me?


Of course.  But shipping may be expensive, so take a look at it before you commit to buying the book. 


Because I do not get up to Seattle as often as I used to, please plan ahead if you want the book for a special occasion.  For example, if you want a signed book for an event in July, please order it now, as I may not get up to Seattle again until August. 


Thanks to all of you who love signed books!  And just a note that I'm not the only Pacific Northwest writer who leaves signed books there.  Do you love Bridgerton or the Dresden Files?  Check out what the bookstore has to offer in signed books.  


Help keep brick and mortar bookstores in business!




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Phoenix Fan Fusion update

Friday, May 24, 2024 at Phoenix Fan Fusion


10:30   Writing from Experience  North 226BC

    With me, Fonda Lee, Gene Luen Yang and Micaiah Johnson. Drawing from your own experience to tell your tale.


Noon  Signing


4:30  Choose your own Adventure 

    With me, Ryan Dalton, sara Beth Durst, Soman Chainani, Todd Fahnestock and Robert Jackson Bennett.

The writers will struggle to create a viable tale from audience proposals.  This will challenging for me!



Panel I want to attend:  6 PM  Tales from the Prancing Pony.  226BC  Writers talking about what they love most about writing in the genre.  Always interesting topic.


Tomorrow, Saturday, May 25


10:30  Signing  B933S


4:30 PM  North 226BC  Bad to the Bone.  Writing Villains


  With Me, Heather Walter, Melissa Marr and Katherine Arden   Writing the bad guys! (and the wicked ladies!)



Sunday, May 26  


10:30  Bring Your World to Life   North 226BC


   With me, Fonda Lee, Heather Walter, Jason Fry, Gene Luen Yang, and Michael Stackpole

     All the elements needed for a believable world





Noon   Signing   B933S


3:00  How I Became an Author  North 227B


   With me, Peter V Brett, David Mack, Micaiah Johnson, Tracy Wolff

          How the heck did I get here, and why do I want to type all the time?








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