As most of you know, my one, no-fail con a year is Liberty Con, in Tennessee. Over the years it’s become not just a family reunion (my kids consider it so themselves) but also a place where my fans know they can find me.
It’s sold out, as it usually does.
Thing is, this year with the trip to Dallas so close by, we’re running to get everything done before LC. I have a mound of clothes to iron (before it gets too hot), I have the beginning of Guardian to rewrite (I’ve not sent it in yet because it felt “off.” I finally got the voice though. And I’ll be reading from Guardian, with the proviso that it’s unapproved, so it might change, at my reading at LC on Sunday.
I also need to file a couple of articles with PJmedia, because I missed an entire week, mostly through trying to work on other things, but also through being on antibiotic from h*ll for my ear infection. And I get paid by the article.
So I’m going to go and do paying work. But I’ll leave you with my MGC post on what makes a good plot, or at least how I work a plot and my guiding principle: Ride Alongs. and my sole article at PJmedia in the last week: A Cultural Revolution in Slow Motion.
BTW late and stupid, as usual, on that last one, someone came to my FB page to tell me I was overgeneralizing “as usual” (No Sh*T Sherlock. I generalize in 1k word articles. Because otherwise it would be a textbook.) that I’d got the Cultural Revolution all wrong (I guess this bunny thought Mao was cute and cuddly, and no I didn’t, I’ve read too many autobiographies of people caught in it.) and that the parallels aren’t that great.
Um… no one is sending indoctrinated young people to the countryside to teach farmers how to farm, true, but we are sending indoctrinated young people across the country to beat people and lecture them in the name of progressivism and “to build a better future” even though everything these young people know of the world they learned from their ideologically insane/no world experience professors.
And if they think there is no similarity to the Chinese cultural revolution, when statues, monuments, references to our own past are being removed from every public space and book, in the name of “progress” then they are part of the problem. They too have been indoctrinated to the point they have no contact with reality anymore.
Okay, I go write for pay and pack, and clean. See those of you going to LC on Thursday evening at the con suite (if open, if not we’ll let you know where to meet via tom tom de Baen Barfly.) where we’re apparently having more Port Wine than is good for anyone (So many fans bringing it) and reading aloud from a book that deserves it (and is not mine. Though I could be tempted. Also Port Wine.)