Emily Powell (Novelist): Scotland Is In Possession Of A Unique Opportunity

American novelist Emily Powell, who writes under the name ‘Emmie Mears’, has today joined National Collective, saying “Scotland is in possession of a unique opportunity” and urging Scots to vote ‘Yes’ in 2014.

Emily spent all her summers in Scotland throughout her time at university where she says the rich sense of national identity helped to shape her vision as a writer.

“What captivated me was the rich history of the mosaic of Celts that formed Scotland’s current population, from the fascinating Picts to the Gaels and the Scots, and the tapestry of remnants they left behind. As a writer, the stories of history and mythology loom large in my worldview,” she said.

“Stories are the lifeblood of a culture, whether they stem from folklore or the ideology of a nation. Capturing those stories and creating new ones are my passion. I have been writing since I could hold a pen.”

Emily has just completed a superhero novel set against the backdrop of the upcoming referendum for which she is seeking publication. As a speculative fiction writer, she believes in the possibility of displaying human experience through a supernatural lens.

She currently lives just outside Washington, D.C. but says Scotland is somewhere a creative like herself can feel at home.

“I’ve joined National Collective because art has the ability to shape perspective. Organisations that seek to preserve and enrich culture through tapping creative resources are vital assets to any nation — and can bolster a thriving dialogue during these exciting times. In joining National Collective, I hope to lend my voice to the chorus of creatives who support Scotland’s independence.

“It has been the focus of my adult life to emigrate to Scotland. My family left Scotland for North America under unpleasant circumstances, and I’ve spent years attempting to track my ancestors with varying degrees of success.

“I was born in what is known as the Land of Opportunity.

“While there is opportunity, it is often stamped down by disparate factions — and it’s the average families that feel the pressing of these stamping feet.

“I support Scottish Independence because I believe that Scotland is in possession of a unique opportunity — one the country of my birth has squandered.

“Scotland’s people are more in accord than many nations can boast on major issues like healthcare, education, and nuclear research. Scotland is pioneering Europe’s cultivation of renewable energy sources — while Americans chant, “Drill, baby, drill.” Just last week, Mitt Romney pledged to make America energy independent by 2020 — by delving into the finite oil reserves.

“Scotland has oil, but it is the focus on renewable wind, hydroelectric, and tidal power that will propel her through and beyond the 21st century.

“Opportunity? No nation could ask for more. For the future. For the present. For the memory of the past.

“Scotland has a history and culture that is discrete from her neighbouring nations. Her story is one of upheaval, yes, but it’s also a story of perseverance and determination and strength. Scotland may be a small nation, but small does not preclude greatness.

“I believe that Scotland’s best interests lie on the road of independence. It will not be without complication. It will not be without obstacles. But Scotland’s people are capable of making their own decisions. Scotland’s people are entitled to the vital choices that decide her future.

“Scotland’s people deserve this unique opportunity, the chance to forge their own nation once more.

“I want to be a part of that opportunity. I won’t have the right to vote in the referendum. My voice may be heard, but it cannot be counted.

“I urge Scots to vote yes – because I can’t.

“Vote yes. Create. Forge. Thrive.

“Because you can.”

Special thanks to Tigran Markaryan of Calypso Digital for the photograph of Emily.

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    1. Emmie Mears

      Absolutely! I’m working on that one. My husband has never been to Scotland, and I’m planning a trip for next autumn. With a little luck, we’ll be there by summer 2014, though I’m not sure how exactly the residency qualifications for voting in the referendum will work for non-EU passport holders.

      1. Doug Daniel

        Ahhh, right enough – unless you’re an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen, you have to become a British citizen before you can vote. For some reason I was thinking you just had to be resident in a constituency to be able to vote :(

        Although if you make it Spring 2014, you might just be able to get citizenship in time for Autumn 2014, and then play your part in the greatest decision Scots have ever had to make!

        (Now if you had been Canadian instead of American, and therefore a citizen of the Commonwealth…!)

        1. Emmie Mears

          I’ve said the same thing to myself many times, haha.

          Unfortunately, the citizenship process takes approximately 7-10 years. I have a very dear friend who lives in Aberdeen on an ancestry visa (he was born in Canada), and after almost a decade they still haven’t granted his citizenship. I’m not even sure if he has gotten to the “Indefinite Leave to Remain” threshold. It’s a very convoluted process, and even more so now that the Tories are in charge in London. They’ve closed a lot of opportunities for people like me to move to the UK and raised the income requirements significantly. Yet another reason an independent Scotland would be preferable — Tories shut down Scotland’s Fresh Talent Initiative a few years ago, from what I can tell.

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