I just got back from attending BoucherCon, an important annual convention for murder-mystery writers and readers. This year it was held in Long Beach, CA and I got to stay on the HMS Queen Mary. And it was awesome. And I came back with about 50 free books and met so many fabulous authors that it was like a dream. Time well spent. You shoulda been there.
When writing about political stuff like I do, it is always so very discouraging to stand by and watch helplessly as greedy, corrupt and/or sadistic politicians always seem to win every time. Take that last election for instance. The Repubs won bigtime in the Red States -- but only because they committed shameless election fraud http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/27009-voter-purges-alter-us-political-map. And now our Senate is going to be ruled by a bunch of greedy blood-thirsty morons -- and the Blue States are gonna once again be frog-marched down the garden path to Hooverville as an illegally-elected minority once again forces us to pay for unnecessary wars and to give our natural resources away tax-free to right-wing billionaires. Yuck.
Yes, the 2014 election was good for the wingnuts in the Red States -- but bad for America. Virtue had failed to triumph once again. http://jpstillwater.blogspot.com/2014/11/heres-special-guest-blog-about-rigged.html
But despite all this current propaganda crap about the good old days of the antebellum South being pushed on us now, there really was nothing sweet or glamorous about the Ole South back in the first half of the 19th century. It was a culture based on human misery. And now the Southern good ol' boys in Washington are trying to palm their love of human misery off onto the rest of us once again. History repeats itself.
However. Nobody here in America seems to be willing to recreate the awesome 1776 era of the Declaration of Independence or the Constitutional Convention of 1787 -- or even our most creative times either. The sweet little Hudson River school of painting comes immediately to mind. Make art, not war!
PPS: I'm about to go in for surgery on my left wrist because the bone didn't set properly the first time I broke it back in July of 2013 and it still hurts a lot. Let us please hope that this "pretty big procedure" is not going to be a repeat of the great bone-break of 2013! Ouch.