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  • Mon, 19:00: You wouldn’t think companies would make it so frustrating for me to give them money.

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The Hermit

I find I just want to retreat from the world more and more. Writing is the only time things make any sense to me now.

I used to feel that I had a place (politically) where I belonged, but increasingly I find myself alienated from the world I thought I knew. Both sides of the political spectrum now repulse me.
I don't believe in the militarism, xenophobia and "family values" espoused by the right. Marriage is not only between a man and a woman. Gender is not binary or fixed at birth. Love is love. And a woman should have the right to choose. Endless wars only make us weaker and waste money that could fund healthcare for all. My views on those things have remained the same for the last 15 years.

But a recent development is that I've lost my faith in the political left as well. I never realized the left could be so authoritarian until recently, with the rise of the "with us or against us" kind of mentality and the "guilt by association" now popular on social media (tumblr especially). You only have to mention something like GamerGate and people get into a frothing rage before any rational discussion on the topic can begin. Everything is labeled as sexist, racist, homo/transphobic and everyone in a minority group is labeled a victim. If you happen to say something common sense like "all lives matter", people leap down your throat like you support cops indiscriminately shooting people for no reason. (spoiler: I don't.). The Internet is filled with frothing opinion editorials about how all white cis men are rolling in their privilege, as if young white men don't have a high suicide rate and problems of their own.

Worse, the left's "social consciousness" is being twisted for marketing. You're "sexist" if the new Ghostbusters turns out not to be your brand of humor. You're "homophobic" if you're not foaming at the mouth with excitement that Sulu is gay (despite the original actor George Takei not supporting his personal life being used to define the character he played). Clickbait draws readers in with headlines like "look at the racist thing [insert celebrity here] said!" and carry little to no truth to them most of the time. Outrage sells and my generation seems desperate in their powerlessness to feel something, as if becoming enraged can somehow save the world from the PENDING APOCALYPSE CLICK ME CLICK ME!

I'm still a humanist, even though that seems to be a dirty word now. I don't believe in God. I believe in being good to others and enjoying the fruits of this life. I want everyone to be loved and respected, regardless of what they believe or how they identify. I don't believe the path to a better world is paved by continually branding everything as "problematic" or by branding people as "privileged" or "victims". The path to equality is not reached by treading on others to elevate oneself or one's peers. We only become equal when we float all the boats to the same level. When we understand that factions and groups and identities do matter, but don't automatically make people with opposing views our enemies.

I respect and love everyone. I am proud - not a victim, but a survivor. Thriving despite the things I've endured and growing stronger every day. I don't hold anger and resentment in my heart, but love and forgiveness and understanding. I want to learn. I want to be a better person. I want to treat everyone with the respect they deserve.

Somebody explain to me how that's a bad thing?

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  • Mon, 22:27: RT @Irish_Atheist: Pokemon just got that much more appealing. https://t.co/S96SpvnZFi
  • Tue, 01:22: Oh, that was easy. #amediting
  • Tue, 01:23: Every time I get edits in my inbox I have this mental image of thousands of comments requiring massive rewrites.
  • Tue, 01:25: Not that developing a book is a bad thing. Every extensive rewrite I’ve done has made the resulting book much stronger.
  • Tue, 02:05: RT @SciencePorn: May I have some more? https://t.co/RJE2gmnvyC
  • Tue, 08:03: Started Star Ocean 5. Not impressed so far. Seems really bland and phoned in. I don’t mind tropes but they need to be done with heart.
  • Tue, 08:04: My big problem with some modern RPGs is that they feel like they’re just going through the motions. I really liked Star Ocean 4 though. :/

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  • Thu, 22:37: Need to finish proofing this galley copy of Best Of Both Worlds, then I’m gonna look at my social media presence.
  • Thu, 22:37: I’m happy to mix business and pleasure on Twitter, but on Facebook that’s not nearly as comfortable.
  • Thu, 22:38: I barely use my page anyway because of the way Facebook ruined them, so I’m thinking of making an author account for book stuff.
  • Thu, 22:39: It’ll also make my life better because I’ll log onto my personal page a lot less. No offense to my coworkers, but they post a lot of shit.
  • Fri, 02:05: I’ve been trying to write this e-mail for 20 minutes and I’m failing horribly. This is pathetic.
  • Fri, 02:09: WHY CAN I NOT TYPE E-MAIL LIKE SERIOUSLY NOW
  • Fri, 03:20: https://t.co/9cacNGHo9b My new Facebook account! This will probably become my primary account, away from pesky RL people.
  • Fri, 05:01: This is not turning out to be a happy book so far. I don’t even know what it’s going to be at this point.
  • Fri, 05:13: I’ve never been quite *this* blind in a book before. I thought I knew what was going to happen here, and instead the opposite occurred.
  • Fri, 05:18: *MOMENT OF EXTREME CLARITY*
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  • Wed, 23:32: I’ve never had any interest in TNA wrestling before, but this Brother Nero angle is just WTF. In the best possible way.
  • Wed, 23:32: .@LockeCole described it to me as “pure distilled wrestling” and that’s the most apt description I’ve heard.
  • Wed, 23:54: 4 of 5 stars to Junk Mage by Elliot Cooper https://t.co/3gp6YM91eS
  • Thu, 02:51: Spent the evening making some purdy new graphics for my books. I’ll be showing them off soon!
  • Thu, 03:00: There’s still time to preorder my f/f/m sci-fi romance Best Of Both Worlds and save 15%! https://t.co/jz9lEF9UGi https://t.co/SBQU9qAS7M
  • Thu, 03:16: Break for food and drink, then I’ll see if I can finish this scene I’m writing. If not, I’ll ditch and play Tokyo Mirage Sessions.
  • Thu, 04:11: RT @PaulRyckert: Local residents reported hearing a snap, crackle, and pop. https://t.co/I9cpqBhR85
  • Thu, 04:41: I’ll never be a planner. I like being as much in the dark about the plot as my characters are.
  • Thu, 04:42: Subtlety’s not my strong suit, so I suspect that if I did know the outcome, I’d just make it obvious to the reader by accident.
  • Thu, 04:43: My best plot twists have all come from “ah-ha!” flashes of sudden inspiration, some of which have required large rewrites.
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