It’s been a while, and this post will be a short one. Part of the reason is that I’m trying to get some writing on Streets of Payne done whenever I have a minute, part of it is because my dad has had some health issues and we’ve been doing what little we can to help out with that, and part of it is because I’ve been struggling with what I want to post about. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail on any of these three excuses, but here are some quick rundowns.
SoP – Basically, I’m pushing a deadline and some internal quandaries on SoP. I need to get the first draft completed asap, and go back through rewrites to get something halfway presentable to submit to my editor by early April. That deadline is approaching much faster than I would like, and every word I write here is one less word I have time to write on the book.
My dad – This one isn’t really my story to tell. Suffice to say, my dad has some health issues and he’s going through some medical procedures. We help out whenever we can, and that will continue to be a priority in my life.
My personal struggle on what to write about – It’s not that I don’t know what I want to write about. Quite the opposite, actually. You see, for the last few years I’ve promised those of you who follow my little mental meanderings that I will avoid discussing political issues. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have political opinions, only that I respect everyone’s right to voice those opinions as they see fit. However, recently I have seen postings that I feel pretty strongly about, and it has occurred to me that I’m not doing anyone any good by remaining silent. We’ve all heard the immortal quote from Edmund Burke, “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” Well, I have come to realize that by remaining silent, I am epitomizing that man who does nothing.
There will always be an argument made that what one person wants to do is evil by the definition of another. I can’t help that. But I tire of sitting in the background, thinking that I’m going to take the moral high ground, and all the while listening to people berate and ridicule those who have political views that differ from theirs. We all have our own choices to make with regards to what is right and what is wrong. But when the voice of reason is becoming increasingly drowned out by emotional beratings, and at times outright lies, it’s time for me to draw my line in the sand.
In short, I am giving everyone fair warning here – I will be breaking my promise. From this point forward, I will be unapologetically political on my FaceBook postings, and I will address political issues here on my blog anytime I see fit. I will attempt to do so in a respectful manner (much more so than most of the postings that have bothered me), and I will be happy to entertain differing opinions and debate. But be forewarned, but I will smash trolls as soon as they appear.
I apologize to those of you who may have thought that my earlier promise was a good thing, or somehow thought highly of me for it. I just can’t continue to sit back and do nothing while the world goes to hell in a handbasket.
For now, that’s all. But stand by … shit’s about to get real.