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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Sunday September 5, 2004. "He who goes forth to fight monsters becomes a monster himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you." Friedrich Nietzsche

That's been one of my unexamined assumptions for a while. It's probably time to examine it.

From Cheryl Morgan, editor of Emerald City:
Sunday, September 05, 2004
The Backlash Begins
Well it didn't take fanzine fandom long to note that I'd won a Hugo. I've just received multi-page email full of vitriol from someone called rich brown....
# posted by Cheryl @ 11:42 AM
http://www.emcit.com/blog/2004_09_01_blogarch.shtml#109440993680326645

rich brown (not to be confused with Rich Brown) is (or was when I knew him) a nice person with many good qualities. Unfortunately, he has given his loyalty to a group which believes it owns sf fandom in general and fanzines in particular. That kind of loyalty corrodes the mind and corrupts the soul.

For the part about corroding the mind, see: Political history. History of art. Culinary history. Discussion about the effect on speculative fiction writers can be found by going to http://groups.google.com, and searching rec.arts.sf.written for "The Braineater."
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Writing: daily exercise -- Done: The Undecided

Undecided voters are likely to decide who wins the US Presidential election. Unfortunately, both major parties are dominated by people with decided views. So are the minor parties.

Perhaps we need a political party for this important bloc of voters. A party whose political platform will say, for example, "We haven't decided whether we want same-sex marriage to be legal or illegal; and we're also not sure yet whether we want heterosexual marriage to be legal or illegal."

***"They Might Be Windmills" -- One background detail altered. The Nietzsche quote added as a note; it will probably turn up in dialog, but I'm not at all sure where.

Decluttering: Got some trash out.
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Mindwork: A bit of reminding myself that things which went wrong decades ago don't matter. One part of my mind keeps saying "1. Sweat the big stuff. 2. It's all big stuff." I'm getting better at quieting it.

Bodywork: Tried the trick of moving much more slowly than usual. Which is supposed to be part of what tai chi is about.
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