Spring has arrived with its endless supply of muck and slop and just in time with it the town has gone topsy turvy. Revolution has broken out. The Old Guard and the Young Turks are having a set to and I’m caught in the middle. I’ll be working more and making a little extra money but being of an extremely lazy nature I’d prefer the opposite. But there are some interesting aspects to this turn of events. New England town democracy in action is a bizarre force to observe. The fact that the Old Guard is putting up a fight is almost unheard of in this neck of the woods. I’ll have a ringside seat for the proceedings so it may make an interesting story when all is said and done but I expect that much angst and hard feelings will spill over into everyday life.
But at the same time, it will also cut into my blogging time, in fact it already has. And on top of that I’ve mended my ways and now have begun applying myself to my fiction writing. I cranked out four thousand words over the last three days and that has also cut into my posting. But that’s all to the good. The story is expanding and becoming more interesting. I’ve definitely decided to nuke my hero’s base at some point. I mean what’s a science fiction story without an atom bomb somewhere? No one calls them atomic bombs anymore. It’s nuke this and nuke that. Thermo-nuclear. Who came up with that name? Thermo- implies heat. Are there any cold nuclear explosions? I guess if they ever figure out an actual cold fusion process, we could talk about it but anyway I think I’m going to nuke my base.
I’ve had to write some personal scenes into the book. The hero gets to see his family for the first time in a long while and there are grandkids and his son’s widow and that was tricky. I think I did alright which surprised me. I’m not a very touchy feely kinda guy but I could see that leaving out his relationship with his family felt fake. So, there you go, human interest. What’s next, an Oprah interview for our hero? I’ve even added an AI character. That’s actually kind of fun. It’s funny once you get going these things kind of write themselves in. Anyway, the story is percolating along.
But all this stuff really just enhances the blogging. You can’t just write about national stories all the time. It’s just too much of the same thing. We’ve got to be in the story too, or what’s the point? I could just listen to Tucker Carlson or some other talking head. That’s why I like when some of the guest contributors have something to add. I like to get some other angles on things and I’m sure that’s the same with everybody else.
I think the whole Trump indictment story is both a ridiculous joke and at the same time an important object lesson. It’s important that everyone on our side realize that this is not our country anymore and it doesn’t work by the rules we were told apply. The people in charge change the rules as needed. They don’t play fair and they play as rough as needed. And if the January 6th prisoners aren’t enough to convince you of that just wait till Donald Trump gets his treatment.
So anyway, busy, busy, busy but still keeping my nose to the grindstone. Wow, that sounds painful!