I do have opinions that aren’t writing-related, but I’ll save those until last for the benefit of anyone who’s inclined to froth at the mouth.
Progress reports —
The Weebly website is up and running. It’s pretty much a carbon copy of Dark Boundaries, and will be taking its place once the Dark Boundaries domain expires. It’s strictly for book promotion, and one more place for people to stumble across them by accident. It will be pretty static except for new pages for new books, and maybe some free reads.
Have been working on the timeline for The New Serfdom. It wasn’t important while I was writing the first draft, but everything will make much more sense if there’s a workable chronology, especially for Gil’s flashbacks. Onetti, a character who appears only once in the first draft, will be somewhat more important, so it was necessary to figure out where he originally came in.
I dip into Dystopia Now! my new Blogspot blog, every now and then, working out how I want it to look. Got the book covers on the first page today. No links yet, or sale pages, but that will come. It will be a combination book promotion site and blog about current and future events like climate change, pandemics, and other good stuff.
Since I don’t do the social networking rounds, I’m going to see whether making the books more visible in various places will bring more sales.
That’s it for progress reports. Now for the opinions.
Everyone has something to say about the most recent mass slaughter in our fair land. The two things that come to mind (maybe three) are hypocrisy, the madness of crowds, and the ever-recurring patterns of outrage, demands that something be done, and failure to do anything at all.
The touching picture of the prez wiping tears away prompts only outrage in my soul. Can I say ‘crocodile tears’? This is the same man whose administration has absolutely nothing to say about the deaths of children in places that are conveniently and safely out of our sight. Like those killed by US drones in Afghanistan. Or those killed in Gaza by Israeli forces. I could name other places, but what would be the point? And why are the deaths of children so much more moving than the deaths of innocent adults?
We should all be grateful for the internet, which allows people to foam at the mouth and illustrate their stupidity in a time which frustratingly makes it difficult to form into mobs and set jailhouses on fire or act as lynch mobs. But I’m not sure that the innocent people targeted as baby killers by the mob realize how lucky they are.
Gun control? Forget about it. Whatever laws are finally passed (if that ever happens) there will be little or no change. Because the violence goes too deep and has too many causes that have nothing to do with guns. The US is the most violent nation on the face of the earth, and that’s saying a lot in the face of repression and violence in so many other places.
Rant over. Whoever wishes to may proceed with the foaming.