Normally, I don’t talk politics on this blog. I’m not qualified to talk politics, really. The Internet has enough misinformation on it without me adding to the pile, even if I did it with the best of intentions.
I’m not qualified to judge what will come next, but I’ll say this: I am afraid of this result. I’m afraid that America will get what it wanted, or rather, what nearly half of America very specifically said they didn’t want.
Today I got up early and I went to work and it felt like I shouldn’t have been able to. Surely there would be something to stop me. Even though, intellectually, I know that this isn’t a disaster like an earthquake or a meteor strike where the effects are immediate and devastating. I think the hardest part of this whole thing will be waiting to see where it goes from here. Waiting to see what the first move is, so that we can move back. Although, on the other hand, this gives everyone much-needed time to regroup and reassess, and especially to process everything. This is a shock, and people are still reeling from it. It will take time to process, but thankfully, we do have a little time.
I’m not American, so I can’t really share in the experience. But I hold out hope that there still might be something that a writer from Australia can do, even if it’s just to be someone people can come to for a talk, a vent, or a distraction from the world when they need it.
I debated for a long time whether to keep posting the NaNoWriMo series I have queued. It feels a little odd to be posting about something so trivial at a time like this. But I feel there’s something to be said for the act of continuing when things feel like they’re falling apart. We are still people, we still have goals and hobbies, and we are still creating art, even or especially when it feels like we’re burying ourselves in fiction to escape reality. So the NaNoWriMo posts will go up as planned, and I’ll continue to get overly invested in writing as usual. I don’t yet know how I’ll react going forward, what will change about this blog, if anything changes. But as soon as I have decided, you’ll know.
Stay safe, everyone.