Note to Collaborators

I’m adding two bloggers to the blogroll who should already be there.

Old School Harlequin runs a strange site – and I mean that as a compliment. Just take a look at his about page. There’s something about the sort of art OSH is producing that appeals to me on  a primal level. He’s also a bit of a struggling writer like the rest of us, we tweet a bit, and he reads my work regularly. It’s kind of a no-brainer. Here’s his homepage.

I had a conversation with Trent of Trent’s World today that went so well, I decided to add him to the blogroll too. Trent’s been reading and liking for awhile – I recognize his gravatar when I see it. Today I decided I might want to get to know Trent, and you know what? I was right.  He told me he’s found good blogs to follow by reading me. He does creative work in more than one medium, and he has a category for writing resources. Here’s his about page.

I’m going to see what the Campaign for Southern Equality has to say tomorrow. I don’t know if anything will come of it, but I’ve communicated directly with them. I let them know I’m bringing the old notepad and camera, and that I’m interested in having  a conversation with them about what I can do to help. So I’ll be out of touch for most of the day tomorrow, but I may have a post about it at Sourcerer next week. We’ll see.

In other news, our discussion of feminism and activism at Sourcerer is the most commented-on thread ever there, I added several awesome bloggers to the blogroll over there today, and I smacked a troll.

As for my mood, this one doesn’t tell its story in words, but it does tell a story:


How I do Political and Social Commentary

I haven’t done a real writing post here in awhile, and since I’ve been writing quite a bit of commentary lately, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about how I do it. It’s a little different from the other forms of writing I do, so I approach it differently.

First of all, if you take a look at the political stuff I’ve done here and at Sourcerer, you’ll notice that I try to write about issues rather than people. Now, sometimes it’s impossible to avoid writing about people, because politics is a social thing. But for the most part, I don’t talk about party politics, elections, or specific ideological adversaries if I can help it. The reason I approach it that way is because writing about people rather than issues generates conflict, and while that may be good for a few extra page views, it creates problems. Once things become personal, reasoned discussion goes right out the window and the best thing to do is find a way to disengage. I won’t pretend I’m perfect with this. Usually, if I’m writing about a political issue at all, I have an emotional stake in it. But I do make an effort to stick to issues.

This may not be as apparent unless you follow me very closely, but when I get into political mode, I tend to focus on the issue I’m writing about until I’ve done all I can with it. This means posting plans change, maintenance gets postponed, and networking takes a back seat to writing. That’s because political blogging is such a small part of what I do, and I don’t do it just to express my opinion and have a debate. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a legitimate thing to do, lots of people love it, and there are plenty of blogs that have grown huge audiences by doing that very thing. But it’s just not my style.

If I’m spending my time blogging about a political or social issue, it’s because I see something that I think needs to change, and I’m trying to have a political effect. I’m very realistic about just how much effect one small-time blogger can have, but I still put all my effort into it once I decide to take up a cause, and I use the same rhetoric I’d use if I were writing for mass circulation. Most of the political things I blog about are things that I believe demand an immediate response. Usually, when I’m engaging in politics, I’m trying to write whatever I’m going to write as quickly as possible and offer it to people who might actually use it.

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I promised to run amok. Doing it now. For the greater good. #SB2681 #Mississippi

Go read this, then come back.


Basically, I’m pulling out all the stops to get Mississippi up in arms. I am trying to help the ACLU. They say tomorrow is an important day, and auspicious for legislative action. They haven’t actually told me what is going on, but what the hell? I’m willing to play along and help some white-hat wearing people fix my state.

If you live in Mississippi, you really should consider contacting a state legislator on Wednesday and  letting them know that Mississippians dislike discrimination just as much as the rest of these great United States. Also, that that your are not sure at all that SB2681 will do anything productive in the way of protecting your religious freedom, and that you are inclined to view the whole situation as so embarrassing you wish it could just go away. Or something. Put it in your own words and tell them how how you really feel about it.

We’ll have a Batman post at Sourcerer tomorrow, but it might be posted a little later than usual. And we will have a Doctor Who post over there on Thursday.

And I will have a real writing post here tomorrow. One that explains how I do political and social commentary, from the  perspective of a writer.