Tuesday, August 13 2021

Quote of the Day

“Medical Officer,” says Captain Othaar. “Great hopes and small mercies.”

“Brave deeds and kind cautions,” responds the weird cyclops, who turns to me.

Charlie Jane Anders, Victories Greater Than Death

The process is all

I know I am supposed to commit to the idea that the journey is better than the destination and all, but it’s hard to not want to finish things and push toward that ending. But then days like today happen.

In the shower a bunch of things I’ve been randomly stumbling over and posting about all came together in a huge thought bundle this morning–Earthships, homesteading, climate change, living on the Internet, the history of the Eastern Woodland tribes, and natural disasters all transmogrified into a clear idea of some of the thornier bits of my novel. I have a plausible idea of who my main character might be, what the challenge of the story might be, how it could be solved, and how to link it into my theme.

Major stuff. Stuff, I might add, that I am not working on, that I haven’t even gotten around to asking myself yet. All I’ve been doing is researching climate change and consuming random media on the Internet.

The process! It works! Trust it!

…although, now I have more questions to research…

I’ll get to the book writing part eventually, I promise. Though if I squinted real hard I might even be able to make an elevator pitch for the thing at this point. I know that’s incredible progress, even if it feels just as intangible as “researching.”

Why do I love this idea so much

In January, I stumbled across a new thread there titled “Dead Internet Theory: Most of the Internet is Fake,” shared by a user named IlluminatiPirate…

…the post suggests that the internet died in 2016 or early 2017, and that now it is “empty and devoid of people,” as well as “entirely sterile.” Much of the “supposedly human-produced content” you see online was actually created using AI, IlluminatiPirate claims, and was propagated by bots, possibly aided by a group of “influencers” on the payroll of various corporations that are in cahoots with the government. The conspiring group’s intention is, of course, to control our thoughts and get us to purchase stuff…

…That particular conversation continued down the bleakest path imaginable, to the point of this comment: “If I was real I’m pretty sure I’d be out there living each day to the fullest and experiencing everything I possibly could with every given moment of the relatively infinitesimal amount of time I’ll exist for instead of posting on the internet about nonsense.”

Kaitlyn Tiffany, Maybe You Missed It, but the Internet ‘Died’ Five Years Ago, Atlantic.com

I think possibly because I want to believe all those “articles” about toe fungus and mortgage rates really are from bots. Also that I’m out there living my best life and not posting on the Internet about nonsense….