Kindness in the Face of Politics
The past couple of weeks have been tough. Australia has passed 78% fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and expects to reach 80% within the next week. International flights are picking up, with hotel quarentine abolished, people are going back to work, and restrictions on socialising are lessening by the day. Oh, and the unvaccinated are one step closer to being allowed out in public again.
Drowning on Dry Land
The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. Myth and legend were powerful forces. Powerful enough to stir belief, and turn fear into reality. It had taken time, too much time, but finally, they had returned...
NaNoWriMo for Beginners
I've seen a lot of activity on Social Media surrounding NaNoWriMo over the last month. While I've done my best to answer those questions, I do have to eat, sleep and go to work, so I have no doubt that there are several that I've missed. So, I've put together a basic guide to National Novel Writing Month, so I can just copy-paste a URL, instead of a more lengthly reply. I am all for supporting newbies to the joy that is NaNoWriMo, but I only have so many hours in a day.
Still On Patrol...
It's been a long time since our sub last reported in to HQ. Seafarers are a superstitious lot, always have been. Sometimes I wonder; did we always know what was out there? Even before It was discovered, and shrouded in so much secrecy that even Heads of State aren't told, did some animal instinct left over from our early ancestors tell us that there was something out there to be feared? Something that saw us as prey; something eternal, and other, and dangerous.
A broken seashell crunched under my foot as I stepped out the door that fateful morning. Older and Wiser heads than I might have called it a warning of what was to happen to me, an omen of Fortune to come, and councelled me to remain at home. Had I been able to afford it, I would have.
Political Double Standards
On October 1st, 2021, Gladys Berejiklein resigned as Premier of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state. The resignation was unexpected, to say the least, coming just days before New South Wales began to lift restrictions after three months in Lockdown after an outbreak of the Delta COVID-19 Variant. Hours later, the action was explained by an announcement that ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) had launched an investigation into the Premier's actions three years ago, revealed by the ICAC investigation into former Senator Darryl McGuire. The public reason was that Gladys was sticking to her own principles, having previously been quoted that any Politician under investigation for corruption should step down.
You don't have to give up on Halloween just because you've hit 25 and don't have kids to use as a convenient excuse. If you have pets, you can dress them up for a party or just for the heck of it. Go Trick-or-Treating under the guise of taking them for a walk, or just to see the reactions from people who are still fooling themselves that costumes are for kids.
Moderation: A Thankless Task
We all love social media in it's various forms. It's the opportunity to connect with people we may never meet face-to-face, the chance to talk regardless of distance, and a way to socialise and debate and enthuse over common interests. The Great Facebook Crash of October 2021 wouldn't have been such a big deal otherwise. It can also be a bit of a mess; everyone knows that. Miscommunication, confusing similar groups with different rules... the potential for misunderstandings and taking offense is limitless.