It’s funny. It seems like even the Left is starting to admit that Biden has made a shambles of the country and maybe some of them are starting to sound kind of scared. Still too early to say if it will effect the outcome of the congressional votes on the gazillion dollar reconciliation bill. I assumed that all the skullduggery planned was a done deal. Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll have to see.
But we will be going through some extended bad times as I mentioned in my last post. I’m starting to look at my own finances to see what cutbacks I should make.
I was listening to the ZMan’s Friday podcast. It was on organizing and near the end he was talking about negativity. And that clicked for me. What we do has to be building things and living. Just fighting our enemies isn’t enough. It’s too long a battle to just hold your breath till the end. We need to make our thing about living and enjoying our lives.
I’ve been writing this story about a sniper who is taking revenge against the FBI. I have to admit it’s a lot of fun writing about revenge. But I want the story to be embedded in a larger frame about building something bigger than revenge. I want to have it about building a community that’s hidden within the current United States. So this fictional story corresponds to how I think about the world I’m living in. And that is helpful when thinking about real life. The things I write about are larger than life. We can talk about underground bases and new technologies and secret organizations but even the little things we do on-line can be positive and enrich our lives. We talk to people and we share ideas and maybe we help each other solve some problems. And if nothing else we act as sounding boards for people who don’t have one.
So today I am doing some story plotting and re-writing. It wasn’t strong enough or tight enough. I punched it up and cut it down and I like it a lot better. It’s another beautiful day and I intend to go out and take some photos of the fall. A couple of days ago one of the dogs found a big old Northern Water Snake sunning itself near one of the gardens. I got some good shots of it and I will probably put it up later as a post.
Fridays are usually pretty quiet on the site. I’ll put up a post later. Maybe I’ll review another season three trek episode. I’m getting impatient with them but considering Shatner’s recent trek into almost-space I guess I should do my part.
Camera Girl is an inveterate crime drama reader. She reads about fictional crime fighters like Jack Reacher and Harry Bosch and Jesse Stone. Well, we recently started watching a tv series about Harry Bosch and I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it’s made. Not everything is to my taste but it’s a quality series. So at some point I’ll be reviewing it too but I must keep my nose to the Star Trek grindstone. Duty is duty.
I’ve been listening to Larry Correia’s podcasts on fiction writing, “The Writer’s Dojo.” and even though not all of the information is specific to what I do I find the experience of listening to these two writers talking about their mindset when they’re writing to be energizing. For instance, they were talking about villains recently and it occurred to me I was wasting an opportunity by not beefing up the character of one of my villains. After all good villains are sometimes even better than the hero. Look at the Joker in Batman.
And this weekend we’ll have some grandkids coming around and that’s always fun.
So bear with me. I’ll have some good stuff soon.