Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Rich Gifts of Procrastination

Bull Run Coffee acknowledges writers
participating in NaNoWriMo and
encourages them to track their
word count here.
We're midway through November and NaNoWriMo. I see many other writers have already hit the 50,000 mark and some have shot well past that. Me, I'm procrastinating.

A couple days ago I sat in a coffee shop and agonized over the etymological roots of mage, wizard and sorceror. I had long been wondering what the hell the differences actually were. Most fantasy writers and video game writers just come up with their own definitions and treat them consistently within a work, but from work to work they won't match. And it's fun to listen to people who haven't studied this at all churn up their own answers at a flippant question, because they do dredge some respectable insight when trying to reason out an answer.

But that doesn't further my novel.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Men As Victims of Rape Culture

Recently I went to a nonprofit event to benefit... without being too specific, people who are homeless and/or may not have enough to eat. There are plenty of those in our proud United States, and the Republicans believe in punishing them as often as possible in a myriad of directions. I don't know why. I honestly don't know why, in a superpower nation of plenty and abundance, a political party has dedicated itself to kicking its own citizens while they're down. Can you form a political party around bullying? I guess with enough money, you can.

Anyway. I went to this nonprofit benefit to provide food to people who have no food. That seems like a decent cause: feeding the hungry. It's as unpopular with Republicans as sheltering the homeless and clothing the naked. And yet they pretend to be religious: I really don't get how they think Jesus ben Joseph would have been on their side, when every bill they try to pass stands in direct contradiction to everything he said, in the Bible they insist on interpreting in literal truth. How does that work? No one has ever, ever, ever been able to explain that one to me.