I scared the hell out of a lot of people a week or so ago. I was so deluged with messages from the concerned and sympathetic that I've had trouble replying to all of them, and many only received cursory reply.
I regret that. I just had to not dwell on it for a little while.
I feel much better now, pretty much entirely due to the support I've received from everyone. Some gave in depth, others loaded their sentiments to make sure I'd appreciate it, but the breadth had an effect as well. I was really surprised by how many people contacted me.
A big part of why I've let this sit - aside from the importance of dwelling on positive things instead of digging the hole deeper - was because I have real contempt for internet drama queens who try to hold themselves hostage for tea, sympathy and simpbux.
That's surgery. Technically. Maybe. I dunno what the official demarcation like is for surgery but if that outpatient asshole could screw me for $400 of "surgery" for a local anesthetic and an endoscope up the nose then I think I can use the word freely.
Shit ain't simple
This is gear q***ing at its absolute WORST. Buy Shiny Thing. These people know they can spend money on TRAINING, right? But you actually have to show up for a class and pay attention. No instant gratification.
The usual clowns are popping a squat over my tumblr inbox to insist that there TOTALLY were armed dudes right outside the congressional chamber's doors. If that's true then I'd LOVE to talk about why the unarmed woman somehow met AOI for the cop and the rifle-armed man didn't.
If they'd zapped *that guy* I wouldn't have been surprised in the least. If cops will light up Philando Castile and Daniel Shaver, you REALLY think they'd hesitate against dudes with rifles *rushing Congress?*
But they didn't.
If they'd held fire despite *armed men* in that crowd that'd be Incredible And Laudable Restraint.
The GOP establishment, and indeed the entire neoliberal establishment, has been thoroughly discredited. The people will no longer settle for culture war distractions or vague lip service about how outsourcing jobs is "for your own good." This term shattered all mirages.
The mad pace Trump set when he first entered office; the dogged resistance of his own party, the civ/mil bureaucracy and the entire elite leadership class... and then 2020, when the pandemic repeated and intensified every past lesson too massively to ignore.
A common theme in both historical accounts and fiction born of late 19th/early 20th century English culture is how the upper class egged on status competition in the lower ranks; especially between their own servants. Thomas the Tank Engine is a splendid example known to most.
The "Railway Series" books from which the original TV show were drawn were penned in the 40s, and it shows. If you remember anything about it, it's probably how often the engines sassed one another, exemplified by Gordon's expertise at being a smug prick.
This isn't accidental.
The engines are constantly competing with one another to earn "Sir Toppam Hat's" (note the title) praise as "very useful engines." Sir Hat isn't subtle about setting them against each other. (Nothing about those stories were particularly subtle.)
If you honestly believe that tens of millions of people can be fooled this easily by one demagogue - despite overwhelming and unified opposition from the media - you are arguing that democracy cannot work.
In fact, it goes deeper - if mobs can be formed like this to begin with, then it doesn't matter if one side wins with 51% of the vote if the other 49% refuse to accept the results. All the blood, chaos, death and sedition we saw from 2016-2020 was a preview of where we are now.
I said it many, many times on my personal blog; that if one side refused to accept the results in 2016, then the other side would have all the justification and normalization they could want to refuse to accept the results themselves in 2020.
So let me get this straight - the politicians whom excused and encouraged the mass violence and terror of the race riots this summer are guiltless, but Trump encouraged insurrection for supporting a peaceful protest because the chance of violence was nonzero?
Eat shit and die.
That Congress - including the Speaker of the House - can excuse and encourage people forming roadblocks and shooting random motorists without any consequence, but the President is pilloried because ten people out of a thousand trespassed shows you where the real power is, no?
The beating heart of law and order is equality before the law. When there is no equality, the law is a sham; a tool for the powerful to use against the disfavored.
You cannot flaunt the inequity of "law" and then expect anyone to give a damn about "muh process" whinging.
I, for one, am SHOCKED that Trump - who faced resistance, sabotage and outright insubordination from a government apparatus which tried for two years to depose and imprison him on completely fabricated charges - would not fall in line to defend The System.
You see, at some point you need to let bygones be bygones and place the Good Of The Nation above your own interests, by joining the managerial class in ensuring a smooth transfer of power that perpetuates the establishment destroying the lives of the people who elected you.
I'm just stunned, stunned, that a man who ran on the platform of "drain the swamp because it's corrupt to the core" actually believes it and was emboldened by the fact that damn near half the population evidently agrees with him.
Elon Musk: [revolutionizes aerospace industry]
Also Elon Musk: "Sub-orbital semi-ballistic passenger service with hybrid open/closed cycle engines with initial maglev acceleration track? Using the aerospace company I already own? Naah not enough TOOOBZ"
Imagine the mythical SSTO spaceplane, having had its lunch eaten by Elon's re-usable booster rockets, doomed to wait a century for the very rapid turnaround application they're perfect for (passenger transport) is relevant.
When I am King, any writer who has ever penned something zombie-related where 1. zombie bites turn people and 2. people do not immediately prioritize leather clothing and/or wear multiple layers of denim or padding as armor, will be summarily launched into the Sun
@maxbrooksauthor will instead be assigned a job where he has to touch excrement with his hands. Failure to perform his job will result in being strapped to the nosecone of the rocket carrying all the lawyers sun-ward
"Even?" We're talking about someone who filled his entire book with as much dumbfuck fuddlore as humanly possible (".22 BOUNCES AROUND IN DE SKULL") and then discounted napalm as if it doesn't burn away the muscle tissue zombies need to, you know, MOVE.
I've been bullied by @MadamMeido into finally watching Area 88, so I figured I may as well Do The Thing.
Standard protocol applies vis a vis muting this thread lest it swamp your feed with my anime bullshit.
Always heard good things about this, so I'm getting comfy.
I'm downloading a backup rip (made from my own legally purchased DVDs from my fileserver in the basement because I'm too lazy to walk down there with a USB stick.) Until that finishes I'll be using youtube. Consider this a resolution blast from the past to annoy the zoomers. 🙂
Okay, that's a lie. I'm not *that* lazy. I am too lazy, however, to go searching through the basement for things I've misplaced.
This category includes both the DVDs... and the fileserver.
What really tickles my taint here, is giving you a trauma dressing - which is literally a trauma pad + built-in compression bandage but without the fancy plastic ~applicator~ doodad of an Israeli bandage.
I can second this observation through personal experience. I was only able to start writing because "it's just dumb weeb fanfiction quests, who cares." 100,000 pages of dumb weeb fanfic later, and I actually got better... but only because I was trying my best with every page.
"It's dumb weeb fanfiction" gave me permission to be bad, to vomit things onto the page that I knew fell far short of what I wanted it to be. To just write and write instead of laboring over six paragraphs for weeks like I'd always done before.
But I still *wanted* to be good.
Writing is HARD. And unfortunately, most people don't appreciate just how hard writing (or communication in general) is, and that cultural attitude infects writers, too.
You must give yourself permission to be bad. And realize that all writing is practice.
@DoppelMark You mean, synthesizing who you are writing the story *for?* Every writer and even every story is different but I can tell you it's definitely a big part of it. I did Yume Nikki Quest so well because a good friend said "I won't read this till it's all done." That helped a lot.
@DoppelMark But for me, organizing the story in my head has always been a huge, raging bitch; esp. because I have never, ever liked outlines or outlining much. This latest project, if nothing else, has taught me something about that.
Now I'm working on soldiering ahead even though-
@DoppelMark - I'm realizing what a shaky disorganized mess my first draft was; but sometimes it's necessary to forge ahead and just DO that, because loose outlines produce messes like that, but also let brilliant things just... happen. Let the characters just... live. And come up with stuff.
That's very nice doctor but I still don't trust the corporation that runs your hospital, especially after the tantrum they threw when the President mandated they actually publicly post the prices they charge for procedures.
I'm getting heartily tired of watching certain people trip over themselves to praise a subset of powerful, wealthy corporations as Flawless American Heroes while demonizing another subset as Robber Baron Baby Eaters because they have less political representation with the latter.
Also, I personally witnessed a doctor trying to prescribe my ailing grandmother another dose of powerful antibiotic, the first of which had almost completely shut down her kidneys and damn near killed her.
Only the RN's deliberate intervention saved her life.
Second angriest people in the world: Filipinos. Evidence: thriving underground gun industry that makes the Khyber Pass gunsmiths look like chumps and a martial art about beating people to death with sticks.
First angriest: Okinawans. Evidence: Martial art based around an oar.
Miyamoto Musashi, who was famous for beating people to death with wooden training swords in duels where a single one-inch penetration of a sword blade usually decided things, once beat some epic tool bitch to death with an oar because it was literally the only way to up the ante.
The guy used a no-dachi or whatever elevens call a longsword; he'd get an early stab in to the belly and then use the long blade to hold his opponent at range for HOURS until they weakened from slow blood loss.
The man wasn't just a tool, he was an entire Harbor Freight.