Happy birthday, chanphenglew!
Happy birthday, helweh, if you're still around!
Well, I hope you have a happy birthday even if you aren't around, but you won't get to see my wishes :)
Happy birthday, david_bridger! Hope life's great for you and I'm sorry I haven't been in touch much.
The Overamped edit is finished and NaNo writing is under way. Posting should start to happen soon. Meanwhile, my Merry-go-round tour blog post for November:
I'm going to be posting my novel--a completely new version of Not Forgetting--as I write it. The target is about 20 installments, starting later in the week because I'm going to be a day or two late starting.
It will be under lock, so if you want to read it, you'll need reply to this post so I can add you to the list. If you were on my writing list before, you're still on it.
Elizabeth Warren on the social contract -- transcript from a video.
"I hear all this, oh this is class warfare, no! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there -- good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory... Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea -- God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
This is what bugs me about so much of the current rhetoric on both right and left. Not that the specific program being advocated is either good or bad (though I have some opinions on that too) but that we as a nation, as a society, seem to have lost track of that social contract, of that implicit agreement that we all help take care of each other. In the pioneer days, if your barn burned down, your neighbors helped you build a new one. One of government's functions is to make that easier to do in a large nation where problems, damages, and injuries can be on scales our pioneer ancesters couldn't even imagine.
But that's all it is. A tool. It's not, as the tea party would have it, an evil demon sucking our life blood, and it's not salvation, either. It's just a tool for trying to help make the kind of country we want.
I'm going to be reviving this LJ in a couple of weeks for posting snippets of work in progress.