One of the best stepping stones to understanding an issue is understanding those who are affected. Though a list of 9 things can barely scratch the surface, they tend to be points where you’ll connect with the group–common ground, so to speak. This is invaluable in winning your heart and mind to the cause. If you’re interested in Native American Rights issues, Indian Country Today is a great resource for you. Just remember, don’t attack the writers and the readers who comment to air their grievances. Allow yourself to hear them. It is not personal, they’re not attacking you in particular as the arbiter of torment. However, we do live with the legacy of genocide and multiple other crimes committed against the First Nations peoples. They have a genuine point and right to speak about these issues. So, set the ego aside and see what you can learn about them, listen to their fears and hurts and then try to be a sounding board from which others can learn the same. It’s the first step in attending this legacy and making things better. The past can’t be undone, but that doesn’t mean we have to continue living with the future it’s won for us.
About Captain Maiel
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, K has enjoyed more than twenty years professionally writing. K attended Morrisville State College, majoring in Biology, and then continued with English and History at the University at Albany, where she gained her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art. Topics of K's writing often include gender and racial disparities, and trauma. In 2014, K graduated from Empire State College (SUNY) with a Masters in Liberal Studies: screenwriting (Film Studies), the politics of film, and adaptations. During her gradute work, K was the recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice, a full scholarship.
Published novels by K include the Civil War drama Blue Honor, the Second World War spy thriller OP-DEC:Operation Deceit, and the controversial dark fantasy, paranormal series The Trailokya Trilogy. In addition to writing novels, K does screenwriting: 8 Days in Ireland and the adaptations of her current novels. A sequel to her second novel, OP-DEC, is in the research phase, while the screen adaptation is being considered for production by film companies.
In 2015, K. Williams became an official member of International Thriller Writers, but her greatest accomplishment thus far was becoming a mother in 2017. K continues to produce commentary and art pieces on The Blue Honor Blog, publishing twice weekly. A devoted dog mom, K created Shagbottom Theater in which her dogs star as well known literary and stage personas. K is also a visual artist, producing the ZoDuck Cartoon, painting and sketching--digitally or traditionally, as well as an accomplished Photographer. Click here to see more! Whether it's cooking, IVF and Parenting, learning a foreign language, history or dogs, you'll find something to enjoy and for which to come back.
Excerpts of K's unedited, rough drafts and other scraps of writing can be found at: KWilliamsAuthor on deviantArt.com. You can also sample her books on Wattpad.