*checks blog* Have I really been absent that long? *checks watch* It’s time to give an update. *checks empty beer can* Oh sweet mercy noooo.
I had plans for a retrospective post in early January to talk about 2017. But I never felt good enough to talk about 2017 in any ‘so what have we learned today, class?’ sort of way. And the weeks went by and I still didn't know what to say... Basically, we learned that it was a shit year. It was shitty on the large scale and shitty for me personally, too. America took a step towards madness. It was depressing to watch. I raged at it daily, and continue to do so in the early months of 2018 (sorry, social media followers!). It proved a distraction for my creative works, too, and resulted in one of the most disappointing years for me in writing (The Greater Evil’s ultra-disappointing sales also played a part in this decline in morale and creativity).
With the days beating me down and the night’s writing resulting in less and less, the notion of ‘quit’ flashed on and off like a warning sign in my brain. But one idea kept me going. And it’s not one that I’m particularly proud of or anything. It has a certain power to it, though. I’m talking about revenge.
2018 is a revenge year. Revenge at the polls so that we can vote out these politicians who prop up rich madmen and care nothing for the people’s well-being, revenge against the bottom line of the gun lobby who wants us to accept mass shootings as the 'price of freedom,' revenge against a movement of hate that feels empowered by a hateful president... And yes, revenge against self-doubt, too. Revenge against this creative drought, revenge against the urge to quit. Because, damn it, I don’t know how else to think of this other than as a fight at this point.
And I’m ready for a fight.
2018 is off to a rough start. But one cannot understate the importance of the rise of the students and the crumbling support for the gun lobby. The landscape is shifting. And you can feel a wave coming in time for November’s midterms.
And as for me, I’m already lining up some interesting writing opportunities. I’ll tell you more about them soon.
Sorry I haven’t been around much lately, blog peoples. 2018 will be better.
Writer of horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy. Lover of books and film. Lifelong Godzilla fan. Reluctant blogger.
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