So, today Skiffy and Fanty dropped the interview they did with me for Blackthorne. I hope you enjoy it. We had fun discussing a broad set of topics explored in the novel. :)
Today, I'm posting a snigglet from Blackthorne's POV. I know it probably sounds like I have a dizzying number of POV characters. There are seven. Yes, that's a lot. However, when you compare that with the number of POV characters in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire (twenty-four), it's nothing. I think y'all are sophisticated enough to handle it. (I suspect that if readers can handle a white man writing twenty-four points of view, they can handle seven from a white woman.) Also, if you want the breakdown: three of the seven are women, and four are men. Two of those men are POCs and one is gay. As you can see, I'm working on being more inclusive in my work as professional writers should. Doing so makes my worlds more realistic. Ultimately, it wasn't just out of a sense of duty. It was actually a lot of fun, but then one of the things I enjoy about writing is the ability to look through other people's eyes--specifically people who don't look like me. It's a big part of the adventure. Anyway, here you go.
Good afternoon, y'all. Around here, July 3rd means prepping for July 4th, and since it's summer, that means outdoor grilling. Because nothing says Independence Day like burning meat and veggies over an open flame while it's 100F. Or something. :)
I spent a couple of days with one of my conservative relatives who I like very much. (His wife is one of my favorite people.) And the conversation went in mildly distressing directions twice. Once, when he was genuinely upset that I was unwilling to meet him "in the middle" or as I call it "let's shift the Overton Window by establishing that extreme views are legitimate, realistic, and acceptable perspectives on issues." I don't play that game any more. Thus, he accused me of being one of the people responsible for making political discourse so tense. I disagree. Strongly. If you are unwilling to admit that bigotry and extremism isn't an acceptable response, then we have nothing to discuss. I won't legitimize prejudice. In fact, I'm working very hard to root it out of my own consciousness. The fact that this makes you uncomfortable isn't my problem. I'm sorry that you're unwilling to keep up with progress. Funny, I seem to recall a time when white men were overly proud of their ability to adjust to changes around them. And that the phrase "Evolve or Die" was passed around a lot. Do you remember that? [cough] Now, because liberals are no longer playing by "the rules" and guilt-tripping us into being "reasonable" no longer works, we're told we're being "rude," "impolite," and sometimes "violent"--all for the mere act of disagreeing. That's the sign of a group that wants only their way no matter what and is willing to do anything, no matter how manipulative or sleazy or even downright evil to get it. [shrug] There is no meeting in the middle when you declare that only you get to decide where the middle is located. (See also: The U.S. has a homegrown terrorist problem — and it’s coming from the right.)
Anyway, I choose the image above today because my hope is that one day we'll revive the Equal Rights Act. It's obvious to me that American women need a constitutional amendment for protection. Misogyny has far to powerful a hold on this country to rely upon the good will of men. I'm done.
And now those links.
So, I finished watching Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and holy shit that was amazing and important. I'm not sure about them deciding to create a second season, but hey, I'll watch it. Again, everyone should see it because the Republicans are apparently using it as a How To guide. [sigh] I also finished Harlots which was really, really well-researched. Even the images in the titles/intro are spot on. I seriously enjoyed it because it definitely didn't merely rely upon sex to sell the show. There's some sex, but it doesn't pull a HBO/Game of Thrones where every episode has an excuse for naked women groaning. The show actually addresses issues women would've faced at the time. It talks about the political and ethical power plays between two madams and does so in an intelligent way. I tried Legion and it's definitely well done, but it was just too depressing for me right now. So, I had to quit. I also got all the way through 11.22.63 and well...I enjoyed it most of the time but it has some serious issues that I got into elsewhere.
Now, I'm watching Timeless.
Today, I think I'll give you a snippet from a point of view you probably haven't read before. Her name is Captain Drake. :)
Good morning, y'all. Sorry about yesterday, but the neck-stabbings (to kill the head bees) wiped me out quite a bit more than they did the last time. I suspect it was because the length of time between treatments. My neck muscles get very stiff--so much so that jabbing in a needle becomes something akin to stabbing a block of marble with a pen knife. (I've the bruises to prove it.) Any way...the head bees have fucked off for a few more weeks. And then we go in for the burnination of the head bee village Trogdor style. Wherein the head bees are evicted for a whole year, and Stina can think clearly for longer than a few weeks at a time. Did I mention migraines suck?
And now, for those links you've been ever so patiently awaiting. :)
Feminist Monday will be delayed today due to a medical procedure involving injections in my neck. (It keeps the Head Bees at bay.) All is well. It went as expected. I just need to take it easy until late this afternoon. I'll post something then.
Sorry about the delay.
Update: it's going to have to be late Tuesday. I'm afraid I needed to take the day to rest.
To paraphrase Terry Pratchett: Sometimes a crime is so big you can't see it because you're *living* in it. I feel Americans are definitely living in a time when vast crimes are being committed by those in power, and sadly, we're all abetting the crimes.
Yesterday while I was on Twitter, Scott Lynch and Michael Damian Thomas brought a couple of articles to my attention. The first is: You know how bad Uber is for drivers. Port truckers have it worse. Much worse. And the second is: RIGGED. Forced into debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing. Ever wonder how shipping is both expensive and (if you sign up for services like Amazon Prime) suddenly super cheap? This is the answer. The system retailers (like Target and Walmart) use to get shipments from the port to distribution centers as cheap as possible is set up to take advantage of the contract truck drivers. It's not a new system. It's very old, and a century ago they called it the Company Store. It's a vile system, wherein the employee gets more and more in debt to their employer until they're paying to work. The situation gets much, much worse when you consider this fresh statistic from the article Self-Driving Trucks are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck: "It should be clear at a glance just how dependent the American economy is on truck drivers. According to the American Trucker Association, there are 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the US, and an additional 5.2 million people employed within the truck-driving industry who don’t drive the trucks. That’s 8.7 million trucking-related jobs." When you look at the bigger picture, what does that imply about the number of truckers dealing with this situation?
All of this is the reason why I've always hated the concept of "Contract Employee" and forever "Temporary Employment." The attitude that employers don't have to provide benefits (like health insurance) or worry about overtime laws or even provide the employee with the tools to perform their job (in this case, the truck) is standard with the contract employee system. Again, "they're independent business people, not employees" is as old as the fucking hills.
Before I begin, I wanted to call attention to the Book Launch scheduled at BookPeople (Austin, TX) on August 11, 7pm. Hopefully, I'll see y'all there if you're in town. Okay. On to the snippet. Today, I think we'll go with a bit of something from Nels's point of view.
Today is an important date in the United States. It's the date Americans celebrate the process that made slavery unconstitutional and illegal throughout the nation. However, as it turns out June 19, 1866 isn't the exact date of the emancipation proclamation (that was September of 1862--four years before) nor is it the date that the 13th Amendment was ratified (that was Jan. 31, 1865). June 19th is the date that Texans were ordered to comply with the law. The delay was, in part, due to the civil war. It wasn't an instant change either. (For more information, see What is Juneteenth?) I confess, today is the first time I've ever looked up the details. That, my friend, isn't a good thing. [sigh]
Today's videos: I wanted to learn about comic book heroes who happen to be black women. So, I've subscribed to this podcast. (Yeah, I'm late to the party per usual.) I recommend it.
And now... links.
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