Hello, good morning, and welcome to yet another Thursday. I don’t know that I have much to write about today, but that’s never stopped me from writing before, and I see no need to let it do so now. I’ll just start writing and see what happens. If worse comes to worst, I suppose I’ll just have a short blog post.*
The editing of Unanimity is going reasonably well, as usual. There’s not much new to say about it. I’m more than halfway through the latest pass, but I still have quite a few run-throughs to go. Well, okay, the actual integer number of run-throughs isn’t large, but when those numbers refer to the editing of a huge novel, they can still take quite a long time. I wish I were independently wealthy, or at least able to make my living solely by writing. Then I’d probably have been done with Unanimity by now, and on to some subsequent project, if there is to be any subsequent project. Unfortunately, wishing for the counter-factual is an exercise in futility. As the old saying goes, “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.” I think the situation is actually far more extreme than that, with respect to the number of wishes in the world, so my personal version of the saying is, “If wishes were horses, then we’d all be hip-deep in horse-shit.”
Which, in a certain sense, we already are. So maybe it wouldn’t make much of a figurative difference. Are horses as big a producer of greenhouse gasses per capita as cows are? Maybe if wishes were horses, we could replace beef in our diets with “chevval” or something along those lines, and the world would be slightly better. Or maybe it wouldn’t be. Our gardens at least would have plenty of fertilizer.
I’ve written a new article for Iterations of Zero for this week, but I haven’t posted it yet, because I haven’t finished editing it. It’s not that this has been a particularly busy week—though it has been busy—it’s just that I’ve had a hard time finding the energy and time to apply to IoZ in the midst of other things. I just know that I put all that time and energy somewhere, but I think it might have gotten thrown away by accident the last time I moved. In any case, I can’t seem to locate it no matter where I look. I suppose that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Time can be a curse as well as a blessing, depending on the circumstances (while too much energy can be explosive, and in the extreme limit, can create a black hole).
As for everything else, well, there’s not much new in the world. Of course, as always, there are specific “new” things, specific iterations of more generic types of events that keep occurring, but it’s important to recognize that such details are trivia, with little to no lasting consequence as compared to any other possible set of details. At least, it’s important to me to recognize this, as much as something trivial can be important, and as much as something important can be trivial.
The weather in most of the United States has gotten quite cold over the past few days. It’s even cooled down here in south Florida a bit, though not to an uncomfortable degree. This has brought a bit of rain, and that’s mildly annoying, but it’s hardly unusual for a subtropical wetland—which is what this area is when left to its own devices. In any case, the arrival of the “cold” months down here tends to entail a significant reduction in daily rainfall…and it’s more or less unheard-of for there to be snow in my neighborhood. As the end of the year approaches, one really should hear in our local malls the carol, “I’m dreaming of a wet Christmas,” since the more traditional version is surely just a pipe dream.
To be honest, it’s been years, probably almost a decade, since I’ve even been in a mall (except when passing through on the way to see a movie, which has happened on three occasions). Some of you may think that sounds enviable, and I’m sure you have your reasons, but I like malls, at least when they’re not too crowded. They make me feel almost as if I’m in a slightly gaudy museum—a museum where I can, if I really like something that’s on display, buy it. Malls were always truly fun and often exciting places to go with family…which is one of the main reasons I haven’t gone to one in so long.
Anyway, I’ve now said more than was merited by anything about which I had to speak (or to write, if you prefer to be pedantic, which is an urge I find it hard to criticize), so I should probably draw all of this to a close.** To all of those reading—and to the vastly larger number of people who aren’t—I wish you well; indeed, I wish you all the best possible moments and outcomes in all areas of your lives and in all their intertwinings with all the other lives out there.
But we know what wishes are worth, don’t we?
*I suspect there are many who think this is far from worse, let alone worst, but we’ll ignore them, since they must be masochists if they’re reading this despite their displeasure. Okay, well, it’s too late to ignore them now, but we’ll at least give them no further attention.
**I’m sure there are those out there who think I should do so on a much more global level, top to bottom, side to side, in all possible senses. As with the urge to be pedantic, I find it difficulty argue against such a point of view.