Writing start: 10:02 A.M.
Finish: 2:04 P.M.
Total new words (est.): 1000
Edited (est.): 2800 + 6 poemsTasks
1. Failure: Off
2. Book Three Melody: Off till 2/16
3. Ant Story: Read-through of chapter five
4. Fractalverse V5: Second tertiary edit of the fifth set of six poems
5. Rapscallion: 200 new words
Notes: Slow-going but good quality.
6. LOTR: 300 new words
Notes: I've quit the LOTR subreddit I was part of. Yet another worthless "community."
7. Angel: Book Three: off till 2/27
Notes: I can't wait to start this novel!
8. T-Bag: 500 new words
Notes: I'm glad to be starting this chapter! I think it's going to be very good!
Special Projects: Work on "Becoming" later today if time permits
Extra notes: If you're writing for fame, you're not a writer. You are, at most, an author. If you write in the hopes of getting rich, you're not a writer, you're just a point-blank fool.
It's likely that the only post tomorrow will be my daily fractal. I've got errands to run in Brookings and probably won't get back until mid- to late afternoon. I'll work on Friday, which is my usual day off.
The time-distance between me and the toxic people of my past is now large enough that I actually feel progressively physically better. The nearest is now nine years gone. Some are twenty and thirty years gone. For a long, long time I didn't think I'd ever be rid of them. I go to bed these days and give heartfelt thanks that I'm where I'm at today.
Life, as Gracian reminds us, is a militia against malicia, or malice. Truer words were never spoken. We are living, I believe, during the worst possible excesses of capitalism. The problem is, most people adopt those excesses as their own. Those excesses become part of who they are; and it shows in everything they do, especially in their relationships with others.
Capitalism is, I believe, a radical evil. It is an economic philosophy based on scarcity, exploitation, domination, and systemic, in-built cruelty and indifference. Is it any wonder that that's how people who have been raised in it treat each other?
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is absolutely right: this society is immoral.
Of course, J. Krishnamurti said the same thing more than thirty years ago.
As I make my way into elderhood, I renew my vows to be an outspoken critic and opponent of this system. I'm not going to shut up about it. I'm not going to stop kicking the herd's asses. I'm not going to go along and get along. I'm not going to sell out.