Bloggy Update 5/30

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There’s no way around it:

The world is in chaos. Cities are on fire. A virus still circles above every country and every population. People are divided for a plethora of reasons. Unjust actions continue to happen.

Do we have the “right” to talk about books and movies and cute animals?

In a word – yes.

Unfortunately, situations like this are not new. For decades, nay, centuries, people have been witness of man’s inhumanity to man. Disease and plagues have withered the masses through a variety of manifestations. Hate, prejudice, and distrust of fellow human beings has always been prevalent. We should continue to fight against this, but I believe it will always exist.

Books, cinema, and television are ripe with expressions of rage and stories about what is happening around us. They can also be a great escape for when we need a respite from our exhaustion. It is here that we as writers can help. We can provide that much needed escapism – in all manner of ways. Fantasy, sci-fi, horror, romance, poetry, etc – the list goes on forever.

I feel like I am preaching to the choir. Of course you know all of this. But it’s good to say it, to type it, to remind ourselves that we all need a break from time to time.

I have 11 chapters left on my 2nd round of revisions for Rage. Our computer was not behaving, so we had to take it in (many times). If not for that, I likely could have been done, but…it is what it is…and here we are.

I also have to go back to work at Milner Library on June 8. Not looking forward to that, but it puts me a little closer to that retirement goal date of July 1, 2021. I’ve heard folks say that they don’t know what they’ll do with themselves when they retire. I don’t think I’ll have that issue! 🙂

As of late, I’ve seen Uncut Gems (I am NOT a fan of Adam Sandler, so I was surprised how much I liked this one), and Waco (the Netflix series). I’d recommend both of these. We also started watching The Mighty Boosch and after one episode, I refused to watch any further! (Charlie liked it. I did not! LOL) The disks went right back to Netflix!

And our yard is doing special things!

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Take care. Stay safe! Keep washing those hands!

Sue

6 comments

  1. Wishing you well when you return to work. I’m coming up on my second week of having returned to my office. It’s a different environment than before but good to see the friends and coworkers I missed.

    You are so lucky to have a retirement date only a little over a year away. Lucky you! I don’t think I’ll want for a means to keep busy either, but I still have several years to go. Stay safe! Let’s pray the insanity gripping the world passes.

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    1. Totally agree on the world right now. I’ve never seen anything like this before (I was only 4 when the Chicago Riots of ’68 happened), so I’m trying to wrap my head around everything.
      As for retiring – oh yeah! I feel like I have senior-itis! 🙂

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  2. Listening to the news about the protests, demonstrations, riots, I remembered the protests, demonstrations, and riots in the late 1960’s. Nothing has changed. My nephew (who will be 59 in August) emailed “Listening to the news, I’m having childhood flashbacks: riots, civil unrest, violence, the space program in its prime.” I’m 68. This is like deja vu. I’ve seen it all before.
    As far as retiring, if you’re writing, and I hope you continue to write, you technically aren’t retired. I resent it very much when at one of our mini-reunions, one of my classmates says, “we’re all retired.” I’ve worked very hard to get to the point in my life when I can spend more time writing. Why would I want to give it up now simply because I’ve reached a certain age?
    Sue, I love your blog!

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  3. Thank you so much, Amanda! As I stated, this entire year is beyond reason. And yes, I plan on continuing my writing – I’m working on novel #4 now and hopefully, it will be out sometime next year.

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  4. I completely agree about needing a break, Sue – cute pics of fluffy kittens will always lessen the load. Sandler is hit or miss for me, and hubby and I watched Uncut Gems – thought he did a surprisingly good job in the role, but we were meh about the movie. Hope things go well with your return to work!

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