Things, Things, and More Things

–The website exists and looks awesome, thanks to Yeargin Marketing and Creative and Beth and Chris.

The bookpage at the printer now has a snazzy banner, again, thanks to Yeargin Marketing and Creative and Beth and Chris.

–The press releases that are going out in the mail are addressed and envelopes are stuffed.

–The review copies aren’t here yet, but I’m hoping they’ll get here on Thursday.

–My letters are written.

–I’m almost finished with the copyright application.

I got myself made an author on GoodReads.

–If the books come Thursday, I will have everything I can do for the books done on Friday, except for the party. I think I’ve found a good space. I’m just hoping they charge very little.

–And Kindle should be happening in the next couple of days. That has been an interesting learning experience.

–And then we just wait to see what happens.

I am up on Amazon.com!!!!!

It’s really happening! It’s up on Amazon.com. Yes, there will be a Kindle edition in the next little bit.  Oh, god, I am so tickled. So very tickled.

Okay, but you maybe don’t want to order from Amazon. If you order directly from the printer, you can have 15% off if you use this code: SNLKXXFH

Now, if you don’t want 15% off or if you want to order other books from Amazon, feel free. I don’t really care. I just want you to buy my book and abide by the three guidelines:

1. If you like it, please tell someone.

2. If you don’t like it, please denounce it loudly in public.

3. If you’re a church who wants to burn my book, contact me about bulk discounts on orders over 25.

Oh, holy shit.

Holy fucking shit.

Update: Holy fucking shit again! My Amazon ranking this afternoon is #22,428. Which is pretty amazing.

4:02: Sorry. I know this is obnoxious, but please. This is so damn cool. #15,911.

Moderates v. Radicals

Josh Marshall writes:

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper today that the conflict over the mosque/cultural center project controversy was “not between Muslims and non-Muslims, but between moderates of all the faith traditions and the radicals of all the faith traditions.”

I thought of that when I was reading Stephen Yeargin’s post. Three different people I talked to yesterday (and I probably only talked to five people yesterday) brought up how afraid the stuff going down in Murfreesboro made them. None of them are Muslim. All of them, though, know they don’t fit the definition of Christian that the anti-Mosque people seem to think should be the religion by which we guide our state.

And they all seemed to feel that, if Christian extremists in our state would cheer arson at a mosque site or commit arson at a mosque site or maybe shoot to frighten people at a mosque site, that the lesson they took from this was not “this is how we treat Muslims around here,” but “this is how we’d treat anyone we decide doesn’t fit our Christian community.”

Yeargin says, “Faith in small-town America is as deep as it is illogical at times. Even the protestant denominations have their own backbiting against one another, barely acknowledging their common bonds while focusing on their differences.”

It’s not just small-town America, but the point stands. It would behoove every Christian to think about which side of the fire they’d be on if these assholes had their way. Being Christian is not enough to protect you from what our Muslim neighbors are going through.

And I think it’s past time that folks know that.