I Used To Think We Were Better Than This

Okay, so here’s a public service announcement for you: don’t get into a friendly discussion about conspiracy theories during a pandemic.6ED2E0CA-F5CC-4F77-BD21-8B77DA7CC1DB

*sigh*

Yeah, that didn’t go well.

“It’s a Dem plot to bring down Trump.”

“It’s a Repub plot to kill minorities.”

“The Chinese made it.”

“Dr Fauci made it.”

“Bill Gates is using COVID to microchip and enslave us all.”

“Medicines and vaccines are made from alien DNA.”

“Trump will revoke the Bill of Rights.”

“Biden will revoke the Bill of Rights.”

Where are the ones about Queen Elizabeth and the Lizard People?  Why isn’t the virus from the moon?  And, really, not one freaking mention of the Illuminati?!?!

I mean, c’mon people, it’s like you’re not even trying.

If we’re gonna go full stupid about this thing, then let’s pull out all the damned stops!

The Salvation Army’s special forces flying black helicopters over American cities to deliver mind-control chemicals developed by Ben Franklin…

Commercial airliners releasing chem trails in order to sterilize and pacify the population…

The alien Greys anally probing various cows and rednecks to control humanity…

7EEEBA74-562D-4E44-BF72-F8ECF66258A4And, Heaven forbid we forget the Holy Grail and it’s mystical guardian, Tim the Enchanter!

Good lord, where is Tom Wolfe when we need him?  Or Umberto Eco, or Mark Twain, or Jonathon Swift?  Crap, I’d kill for a good dose of Douglas Adams on COVID and all of this idiocy right about now.

But do we have them?  Nope, not now that we really need them.  No, instead we have The Nation and MSNBC spouting the extreme leftwing conspiracy bullshit, while InfoWars and Fox News handle the idiocy from the extremes of the right.

And the worst part of all of this?  This shit has gone so full-bore stupid that I miss the days when we were arguing over stains on a blue dress and what kind of cigar it was.

This, by the way, is why I write sci-fi and fantasy — not so I can make up outrageous insanity, but so I can get away from it!  And now back to my stories and characters who just want to rob, rape and kill like normal villains…

Palpatine Always Wins

Remember when I talked — just a post or so ago, to remind you — about having an adult conversation about this virus and all of its fallout?  When I talked about those in positions of power and influence offering *gasp!* honest information and assessments?

Ahh, the naivety of youth…

The folks who worked with and for me asked, when all of this shit started to fall apart, if the furloughs really were temporary, or if “furlough” was Latin for “fired”.

At the time, I laughed and reassured them.

At the time, I even believed that reassurance.

Now?

Now,…not so much.

Just how many of the “temporarily furloughed” will be rehired when all the COVID fun and games are finished?  Hope and optimism tell me that number is in the 90%+ range…but hope and optimism are abusive lovers who have beat the shit out of me in the past, so why believe them now?

Companies get a bad reputation from mass firings — err, “course corrections” — so many avoid them like the plague…

Ummm…

Well, there goes that argument.

When you’re IN the freaking plague, what is there to avoid?

It’s a “Get Out of Jail Free” card for the executive set, that’s what it is.  They get to fire…  Sorry, they get to furlough until their hearts are content, but then they can Palp_trustmepoint to viruses and conspiracies and democrats and republicans to pass on every iota of blame…

Ahh, it’s good to be a heartless asshole when the world is falling apart.

A few weeks ago, I thought jobs were safe.  Today, I thinks it’s a flip of the coin.  And tomorrow?  Tomorrow, I think you’re gonna have to roll the hard seven to have a job.

F76F7DCC-4694-4719-9406-9FE8BDC33FE1But, hey, at least we have the election to look forward to…

Shit, where did I put that bottle of scotch?

Furloughed

What was it the British royal family said after Westminster Palace was bombed in World War 2?  Oh yeah, “Now we can look the East End in the eye.”C871932F-4514-4D7B-BE23-023CDFEF11E5

Now I can look my friends in the eye.

I and couple of others are the last remaining “regular” staff still working at Yellowstone Forever.

Err…we were the last regular staff working, anyway.

Now all the regulars are gone, and it’s down to just the $250k+ per year vice presidents to run the place.  All 8 of them.  EIGHT.  Eight, for a “nonprofit” with all of 50 full-time staff.

Look, I’m a freaking libertarian, but c’mon…

Does a “nonprofit” that has not given raises for 3 years…

Does a “nonprofit” that claims to be working for the “greater good”….

Does a nonprofit that has furloughed their entire “regular” staff, really need to be paying over $2 million for 8 fucking vice-presidents?!?

Ahem.

That wasn’t what I sat down to write, but what the hell…when the hell have I ever worried about what I intended to write?  Crap, I get to start collecting unemployment as of April 26th…why should I worry about what I “intended” to write?

At least I can look my friends in the eye, now.

But to many, this is a still a fraud.  COVID-19 is still a “lefty plot” to bring down Trump.

Okay then.

Every single one of the $250k+ VPs is a big Trump supporter…and they’re still working at full pay.  The rest of the organization?  The ones making $10, $15 or $20 an hour?  Yeah, we’re all collecting unemployment now.  

Sorry, but the free passes for this pandemic are all gone now.  Those currently in charge own it, as do their sycophantic supporters still collecting full paychecks while everyone else worries about how to pay the damned bills.

Again, this is not what I sat down to write…but it is what came out when my fingers started moving over the keyboard.  And, just to be fair, this whole fiasco does not belong solely to the fool in the White House.

Oh no.

Oh HELL no.

All of the idiots in DC own it.

All of the sycophants who place party over country own it.

All of those who believe only what confirms their own biases own it.

Nancy Pelosi owns it, just as much as does Donald Trump.

Chuck Schumer owns it, just as much as does Mitch McConnell.

The signs were there, the warnings were there, for those willing to look past the next election enough to worry about this country and this world more than their own livelihood.

All had the chance.  All heard the call to stand up and make a difference.

9C399E4C-7FE2-46E1-9E4C-FC6EB9D389DEAll were called, and all were found wanting.

Is it any wonder why I hate the whole damned shitshow?

But what the hell do I know, I’m furloughed…

Unquiet Words

Do you ever get cocky?

Ever know that something won’t work, but still think you can overcome the universe and make it work for you?

That’s pretty much me right now.

Look, I’ve talked before about how I need life and activity around me to write.  I’ve talked about the sense of release, the sense of freedom, that comes with writing in coffee shops and taprooms.  To write — I mean really write — I have to be out.  And that’s great, as far as it goes.  But sometimes…

But sometimes you’re at home, and the urge hits you.  Sometimes you’re somewhere quiet and peaceful and alone, and the ideas start to come.  That’s when my iron-clad rule #1* can become a problem.

*You always write it, right freaking then.

Now, for most writers a place of quiet, peaceful serenity is probably the best place in the world for the creative process.  Unfortunately, I’m not most writers.  Hell, we established that when I described the fact that I couldn’t write a story in linear order if you held a gun to my head.  I can’t write the scenes in the order they appear, and I can’t write when it’s peaceful and quiet.AF488EBD-3EAC-4D16-942B-85A0EEA3E32F

Yeah, yeah, I know…I’m weird.  You’re just now figuring that out?

So, here I am, sitting at home and trying to put my thoughts and ideas into words.  In the peace and quiet.  And it just ain’t working.

Oh, I can get words onto the page, but they…uhh…they kinda suck.  Do you have any idea at all just how frustrating that is, by the way?  How frustrating to know, as soon as you type them, that the words you’re putting down are a waste of time and effort?  That you’re just going to delete them later?1A69DA5C-BF5D-4E3D-8042-98F1A0E64B9A

Honestly, I feel like I’m in detention, being to forced to write lines over and over.

Screw it, I’m not working today.  I think I’ll just head over to the bar for a beer and a thousand words…

Oh, the crosses I bear to be a writer.  But, hey, I’m doing it so you don’t have to.  Yeah, that’s it!

See, I’m not just a writer, I’m a giver…