I’ve been occupied with getting my mind into nonfiction mode, and setting up the resources for some articles for Digital Journal. I’ve had some interesting conversations there, mostly on other people’s articles. I’ve also been tracking hits and finding that it takes very little effort to climb the leaderboard, which is mostly about picking up points, which have nothing to do with earnings.
Things were looking pretty good until one of the site’s anonymous conspiracy theorists decided to visit my second article and start spouting irrelevancies. A plea to stick to the subject has escalated to the point where I’ve started deleting his comments — after warning him — and to his going to the staff to complain about about being censored. So, my career on DJ is now on hold because if the powers that be find in his favor, I won’t be writing any more articles.
I have a habit of ticking off people who are bound and determined to keep yelling the same nonsense from their soap boxes, no matter how many times they’ve been told off by various annoyed others.
Meanwhile, development of The New Serfdom is proceeding apace. I could practically sit down and write the first chapter right now, and it’s tempting. But I’m resisting. I haven’t made much progress on the mother’s character, but I’m thinking that maybe I need to have the plot more in hand so that I can see how she fits in. Once I know what she’s going to do, I can start digging into why she does it. I’m pretty sure that’s not an orthodox way of developing a character, but it seems to work for me.