The political landscape is a cratered wasteland, with trenches dug so deep that they come close to the Earth’s molten core. People are polarized, drawn to their respective camps out of mutual hatred for the opposition’s candidate. The stink of fear and hyperbole dominate the air, overwhelming the usual scent of pumpkin spice that is common this time of year.
I’m trying to avoid adding my own voice to the tumult. I’ve already made a couple of politically themed posts. They’re decent posts, but I don’t think they changed anyone’s mind. Most of the people that read my blog posts already share my perspective.
I like to use this blog as a writing warm up. It loosens up my mind and my fingers and gets the words flowing. The problem is that I’ve been watching the election so closely that all that ever comes to mind are politically themed posts. For example, I’m tempted to talk about the debate right now. I also feel an urge to talk about the false equivalence that is applied to Hillary and Donald in regards to their honesty. The temptation is strong, when what I really should be doing is focusing on writing fiction. My writing career isn’t going to go anywhere if I remain fixated on politics.
For over a month, I’ve been avoiding this blog the same way that I’ve been avoiding Facebook. I’m going to continue to remain vacant from social media the same way those that govern avoid war zones. However, October is coming. My hope and dream is to turn October into Blog-tober again, which leads into NaNoWriMo. If I can write a blog post every day for 31 days, I can probably write 1,700 words every day in November. And I’ve got a really great idea for a NaNoWriMo story this year.
So, I guess this is a warning?