A Question on Election Night

Here I am, trying to get through the final hours of our election cycle here in the states.

I’m always interested in that which is happening in the real world so i can add to what is happening in our not-so-real-world.

Damn. All I have to say is that I  hope this election is finished sooner rather than later. I have a preference as far as who I want to win. However, I would be happier to see the other guy win than see the contest go on for days or even weeks with hanging chads and Supreme Court decisions. NoNoNoNoNo. Not good.

I know I am writing as the WG2E newbie, but I can’t ignore this stuff tonight.

If I ever see another political campaign add again… damn. Let’s just say I’m over them.

I’m Sorry folks. The good news is…there won’t be a need for such a post for another four years…

Long story short… wondering if anyone else is in the midst of thinking/writing anything about politics or based upon any current local/state/national campaigns.

Newbie writer dude wants to know…

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  1. I feel you, David! I have had it with robocalls (got one as late as 6:30PM last night!) and all those TV ads. I had feared it might be a repeat of 2000, but I was happy to see it was called at about the same time as it was called back in 2008…

    In answer to your question, I actually already released a political-themed contemporary romance in March of this year. The idea came to me when I learned about the tragedy in Vice President Joe Biden’s life, when his wife and infant daughter were killed in a car crash. My story is very different, because all it takes is the idea to sprout another idea, not outright copying (particularly something so shattering). I’m pleased to say that Isn’t She Lovely? was very well received and spent three-and-a-half months on the Top 100 Amazon list of multicultural romances. But the idea came to me on Election Night 2008, with the decision to release it during the 2012 election season, because Presidential elections get the most attention (my character was running for governor).

  2. Jeanne says:

    I am SO glad this election is over, as I’m tired of the phone calls, the yard signs, newspaper ads, radio and TV…….that’s all we see/hear! Back to some great reading now….like you & D.D.’s books! :)

  3. Angela Brown says:

    I have to admit, not having cable has afforded me the option of not having to see campaign ads. So that part, I’m glad I missed.

    It’s funny you ask about this because me and an associate were just joking yesterday about this whole, long, drawn out process of campaigning to to make the other guy look bad and I couldn’t help contemplating writing something “Manchurian Candidate” style. Not sure if I’d really do it.

  4. I write about the wars in heaven at the dawn of time. Emperor Hashem (aka god) is a kindly but wishy-washy liberal, Emperor Shay’tan is William H. Buckley with scales. There is a chess game that goes through all 5 books of the series, only the chess pieces are people and planets. The two old emperors are always more interested in beating one another than dealing with the problems of their own people and blind to a larger looming threat which threatens to annihilate the both of them, which is why Lucifer leads a rebellion over earth.

    Let’s just say the political garbage we’re seeing right now is older than that first political thriller ever written, the Book of Genesis…

    • David Slegg says:

      Hi, Anna.

      That sounds like a pretty cool idea. Love the idea of Buckley with scales. I have to also agree with the notion that they are more interested in beating one another than actually representing those they are tasked to do so. Not that such a thing would ever happen here in the real world.

      I’m curious about your claim that Genesis as a political thriller. It seemed more to me when I read it as what someone would write while on a bad acid trip. I mean, damn. There is some crazy-ass shit in there. Heh.

      • It doesn’t make sense unless you start digging deeper into the ancient history of the time and realize Genesis is the religious texts from two different empires that were once at war smashed together to call it one book. If you read Genesis carefully, it speaks of the children of ‘fallen’ angels as both the heroes of old and then later the root of all evil. Noah’s ark is rooted in a much more ancient myth recalled in the Epic of Gilgamesh where the Tigris and Ephrates rivers flooded and washed out a man’s raft … it landed up on top of the great ziggarut at Ur. The ‘fallen’ was the nation-state of Uruk … neighboring Assur sent soldiers to conquer and occupy the land. After a generation, when the king ordered them to raze the city, the soldiers said ‘no thanks.’ If you read your ancient Mesopotamian and similar contemporary myths (such as Epic of Gilgamesh) it all begins to make sense that the entire bible is leftover 5,500 year old Iraqi political spin.

        There was even a real Garden of Eden. It was deluged by rising sea waters when the Pars Sea (persian sea) rose due to glacial melt, then exposed again when that interstitial warming period caused the waters to recede centuries later…

        I of course take all that lovely historical information and spin a fairy tale around it of genetically engineered super soldiers from a distant galactic empire, but I researched the political problems and lifestyle of people back in 3,500 BC and things really haven’t changed all that much in the past 5,500 years. Petty kings squabble while real people pay the price.

  5. JamieSalisbury (@JamieRSalisbury) says:

    Yes, not having cable (or sat. for that matter) certainly does have it’s advantages! Am glad it’s over with. Now perhaps folks will be back to “normal” and we can focus on the real issues such as jobs, and the people who are trying to recover from Sandy.
    As for writing a story with a political theme? Oh I have one in mind, but I’ll wait until at least eighteen months before the next general election before letting it loose on the masses!

    • David Slegg says:

      Hi, Jamie.

      Sounds like some sound reasoning there. Eighteen months sounds like a safe time frame for wading out into those treacherous waters.

      Wishing you all the best.

  6. After a campaign like this I wouldn’t want to read a strong campaign style political book, much less write one. It’ll take awhile for it all to fade away. Like 3 years–just in time for the next one to start.

  7. What election?

    ~Nancy Jill

    • David Slegg says:


      I know you’re having me on, but I really wish I could honestly answer the way you did. How much better would my mental state be if we hadn’t had to deal with this crap for the past several months? Sheesh.

  8. SK Holmesley says:

    Actually, this extended campaign season has broken me of one habit. I just don’t answer my phone any more. Legitimate callers (i.e., the ones who really want to talk with me, not at me) leave a message anyway. The others simply go away. The nice thing about having only a mobile phone is the caller id. I have family, friends, and vetted headhunters in my contact book, so their names always show up and I can answer, otherwise, it goes to voice mail. It’s been freeing in a way. After over 35 years in IT infrastructure support, I was so in the habit of answering the phone because I had to, but being laid off and the election season combined and practice ignoring unknown callers has helped me overcome the feeling that the world (well the part I’m responsible for) would come to an end if I didn’t pick up the phone. I even turn off my phone most nights now, since no legitimate IT recruiters call outside of business hours. For that, I guess I should thank all the political volunteers who spent the last year calling my phone while I was adjusting to not being on call at work. :-)

  9. Try living in Ohio! I don’t watch TV, but the ads are all over the computer too. I am sooooo glad this day has finally come, regardless of the results.

    • SK Holmesley says:

      I’m in Florida — I understand. (lol)

    • I live in Ohio. Whew — I’m so glad it’s all over. I hate the ads, yard signs, ads in my mailbox, phone calls, and even local candidates “popping in.” I didn’t answer the door for them. I wrote a politically-themed book after “Tempting Jonah” was released (when Clinton was running for president the first time). It was accepted for publication by the same small press that bought “TJ.” Then that publisher went out of business and there was a fire and I lost all the files for this book. It was about a couple who worked on the same campaign to get the heroine’s friend’s father elected to congress. They fell in love. The hero had two cats, Bangor (a huge tomcat who “got around” and his son, King of the Road (King for short). Thanks for the post.

  10. Doug Welch says:

    I wrote 10k words as a catharsis for myself (rather than a rant I couldn’t take back.) However, the piece will likely never see the light of day because it’s too depressing. We all need to get over it and back to writing.

  11. Louis Burklow says:

    I live in a non-swing state (California) with several state propositions on the ballot. As annoying as those ads were, I can’t imagine how bad it was in Ohio, Florida, Virginia or Iowa this year. Don’t worry, though; with congressional elections ever two years you’re never far away from an attack ad. As for writing, I’ve long wanted to write a Mr. Smith Goes to Washington-type story in which a non-politician reforms a corrupt system. I just don’t want to think about politics right now.

  12. Joe Bruno says:

    Yes, David, In my series of mobster books I always write about crooked politicians as mobsters – Boss Tweed etc, James Hines, Jimmy Walker … etc..

    Now I have a few more mobsters/politicians to write about.

    I just wish I had the names of all the morons who kept calling me on the phone to vote for this one or that one.

    There’s a special place in hell for those annoying twits.

  13. Joe Bruno says:

    PS – S.K. I live in Florida too.

  14. I was an election judge, a hard, hard 16 hours. The turning was the biggest I’ve seen in twenty years of doing this, despite the fact that Maryland is a red state and the outcomes were fairly predictable. Everyone wanted to come and participate. My best moments were when elderly people wanted to vote but had touble with the electronic ballots. So a judge from the other party and I explained each item. One of the voters, who is on the far side of 90, clearly wanted to make sure that we helped her do what she wanted, for her rapscalion well meaning con clearly had wanted her to vote for HIS favorite candidate. And with him on the sidelines, and with our assistance, she could do exactly what SHE wanted. Go, great grandma!!!