Well, today got off to an “auspicious” start. First there was waking at 0300 with a fully realized scene from something that IS NOT the current WIP. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to write the scene quickly and then get back to Ashes. After making a couple of notes on my phone, I rolled over and went back to sleep. Only to be awakened at 0400 by the cats recreating the Battle of the Bulge complete with screaming, wailing, and the breaking of things. By 0430, the dog had been fed, the elderly cat reassured that I wouldn’t let the younger cat (named both Brat and Dickface for obvious reasons) kill her and sleep was not to return. Oh, and at 0700 I was getting ye olde Covid test in preparation for some minor surgery later this week. 2020 can’t end any too soon.
So if today’s post is more incoherent than usual, now you know why. Too little sleep, too little coffee and a death scene I really don’t want to write but am going to have to before getting back to the current project.
This “ooh, shiny” seems to be happening more and more in the last six to eight months. Hmm, could it be my subconscious rebelling against all the idiocy being aimed at us by local and state governments? (That’s a rhetorial question because the answer is at least partly “yes”.)
Without going into politics, at least not too much, I find myself pushing harder than ever before to get work out. I wish we had a viable alternative to Amazon–not to mention the other outlets–but we don’t. So I am doing everything I can to keep up with Amazon’s changes and put out as much as I can.
I don’t think Amazon is going to risk losing the money it makes from all the indie and small presses that use its KDP platform. But I do think we will see more pressure from the Left to try to delist our work if it doesn’t meet the cause du jour. We’ve already seen how Target overreacted to a single tweet about a book and removed it from its shelves last week. It’s apologized and, iirc, returned the book. But this knee-jerk reaction to the woke crowd is more than al ittle disturbing.
The idiocy seems to grow with each week that passes. Just this month, Baby Yoda was “cancelled” by the woke crowd because he dared eat the eggs of a sentient being. How dare this “Child” do that! Bad Baby Yoda.
But that’s not the only scene from The Mandalorian to catch the eye of the woke crowd this month. In a more recent episode, cries of outrage were heard through the interwebz because of a character’s armor.
Boobz armor is bad according to Anita Sarkeesian.
Why do I think she’d have been outraged if the lady Mando armor was exactly the same as Mando’s was? After all, then they could be accused of trying to erase the female form.
But, but, but it’s not “real”, as one commenter points out. No shit, Sherlock. It’s a fucking show. It’s fiction. Not that the Sarkeesians of the world care as long as they can show their woke card.
And, yes, they will come for those writers they feel aren’t giving out the right message–especially those more successful than they are. And that presents a danger to all of us. Will the venues we’ve been using to sell our books remain open to us in their current forms or will we have to start tailoring our books to their demands?
(something I’m not willing to do.)
Honestly, I don’t see Amazon caving. They are powered by the almight dollar and money isn’t in being woke. All they have to do is look at what’s happening to Disney to see that. However, I’m not as convinced about the other venues where books aren’t a major moneymaker for them. After all, Apple relies much more on iTunes and the app store than it does iBooks. Kobo? They proved years ago with the cover debacle that they will give into the feelz of a few. There are still some of us unable to sell certain books becuase of covers they claim were “inappropriate”. I’m still trying to figure that one out because my book that got caught up in it showed no skin, was not sexually provocative or anything else. But it got banned on the site. Then there’s B&N. If they manage to survive in anything resembling their current business model, I’ll be surprised.
So, I work as hard as I can and I keep a close eye on what’s going on with Amazon. I recommend each of you do the same.
But, for all that seems negative, there is a positive. People want things to read. They want to be able to escape for a few minutes or hours into a world that isn’t as worrisome as the one we currently live in. So I write. I write as much as I can and as quickly as I can. Now if I could just get the muse to cooperate and not keep jumping between projects like she’s doing right now.
Maybe I need some more coffee. . .or a hammer to beat Myrtle the Evil Muse over the head so she lets me get back to work on what I want to write instead of chasing off after some story that’s not even on the schedule yet.