Hello, good morning, and welcome to Thursday, and to another edition of my weekly blog post. It seems I’m still here so far, for better or for worse, and I’m writing a blog post this week. I expect it to be relatively short, at least for me, though I’ve been wrong in that expectation before.
I haven’t written anything new still this week on Outlaw’s Mind, but I thought I would try to get myself more inspired to write it by rereading what I’ve written it so far, which I hadn’t done before restarting it after finishing Dr. Elessar’s Cabinet of Curiosities. So, I saved it as a PDF file* and sent it to myself both at home and at work. I’ve begun rereading it, and I think this will help, because I’m enjoying the story so far and kind of refamiliarizing myself with the events therein. Hopefully it will make a difference. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m really having difficulty summoning the will to do much, and I don’t know how to counter it—I’m already taking the best dose of the combination of depression treatments that’s worked best for me in the past, and I’ve tried most at one time or another.
I did write a little impromptu blog post on Iterations of Zero about the Solstice, which you can read if you’re interested, though it will be a few days late.
It’s a tad late for them to arrive before Christmas, I suppose—except for Kindle editions—but if there are any avid readers in your list of present-recipients, I’d like to offer or suggest that you might want to give or send them a copy of one or more of my books. If they like fantasy/sci-fi/horror, they might enjoy at least some of my stuff. Here’s my blog page, “My Books”, and here’s the blog search of My Books, if you’d rather look at something like that. And below is a screenshot, with link, to my Amazon author’s page, if you’d rather just look there.
The picture of me associated with that page is basically the same photo that’s here on this blog. It’s ten years old, roughly, but I don’t think I’m going to update it. I’ve “aged” (in appearance, anyway) far more than ten years’ worth in the interregnum.
I guess that shouldn’t be surprising. In that time, I spent a few years in Florida State Prison, and this is a place that even Stephen King has referenced in at least one of his stories**. That’s not the only thing that’s worn me down, obviously, but it was not minor, nor have been the consequences on my subsequent life of having been there, and of the fact of having been sent there. I don’t recommend it. The Florida DOC prides itself on not being any kinder than they are required to be by law; they boast*** on their website about their lack of air conditioning, for instance. Their philosophy, and the entire attitude of Florida criminal law, is explicitly not about rehabilitation but about retribution.
This is not to indict every person who works in the organization. There are many whose motivations are honorable, who want to do the best they can both for society and for those in the system, and this includes administrators, correction officers, educators, healthcare personnel, and so on. Of course, there are also plenty of assholes, but that probably is no surprise.
Enough of that subject. It’s Christmas Eve tomorrow and Christmas on Saturday. I hope all of you who celebrate, either directly or indirectly, have a wonderful time. If you’re able, spend time with the people you love the most, and with those who love you. Be forgiving, and patient, and give them all the benefit of every doubt, even if they don’t return the favor. Don’t take them for granted. Remember, “Every Christmas is the last Christmas for somebody.” Why be anything but kind in the meantime?
That’s a rhetorical question; I’m not inviting any suggested reasons. I have a hard enough time being positive as it is.
Anyway, again, have fun, eat well, laugh hard, play games, sing songs, watch TV and movies, love your friends and family****, and above all, be kind.
*To avoid the urge to edit it while I reread it.
**The one that comes to mind is in his excellent, chilling, pseudo-sci-fi short story The Jaunt, which I first read in the collection Skeleton Crew. I recommend both the story and the collection. Actually, it’s hard to go too wrong with any of King’s short story collections!
***They used to, anyway. I haven’t checked lately.
****“Because love, it’s not an emotion; love is a promise.”