The BFF and I are complete opposites. Under normal circumstances, she could find the evil lurking behind Bambi’s giant, goggle eyes while I’d swear there’s redemption in the heart of Stephen King’s killer clown. The end of these United States midterm elections though, has us both living in an upside down world.
I’m convinced everyone is trash. More mass shootings. 45 run amok in DC and the world. A new liar and sexual abuser on the Supreme Court. The importance of Black lives being still up for debate. And lawmakers still yanking the strings of the idiot-in-chief, convinced they can put up with his potentially world-destroying shenanigans as long as he gets them what they want.
The BFF has hope for the future. Despite candidate for governor (and current Secretary of State i.e. person in charge of elections, including the one he’s running in) Brian Kemp being complicit up to his racist eyeballs in blatant voter suppression tactics, she’s hopeful that the powers of good will prevail. Candidate for governor Stacey Abrams has been brilliant throughout all this. She has spoken out against all the crap rolling downhill in Georgia, refusing to give in or give up the election until every single vote (that Kemp’s cronies haven’t thrown in a trash can and burnt beyond recognition) has been counted.
Voter suppression aside, the fact that this good old boy (aka mediocre white man) has anywhere near enough legitimate votes to be a real contender against a brilliant and driven, former high school valedictorian, Yale educated black woman is head-spinning. But that’s the world we live in. Many people would rather vote for the devil who looks like them than a potential advocate for real and positive change who’s nothing like people they’ve had at their house for dinner.
Right now, Stacey is still standing firm. Chances for a run-off are high-ish and the BFF is still all sunshine and rainbows as we wait for the latest news about the election results.
My home state of Florida isn’t much better. Progressive Andrew Gillum faced off against white-nationalist-linked Ron DeSantis in a debate televised by CNN and blew the republican out of the water. But elections aren’t won based on debates (or fitness to lead) so maybe that’s just another moot point. By the end of election night, Gillum conceded although there’s talk of a possible run-off there as well since the numbers were so close.
All this is to say that my hope has long since circled the drain. I spend my non-writing time watching cat videos, filling up “My List” on Netflix, and looking at the world map for ideas of where to travel next. Avoiding the news is a must if I’m going to keep calm and not end up in the hospital with dangerously high blood pressure.
What all this has to do with writing and books is simply this: people suck and it’s hard to write novels about happy people with all this going on in the world. But I’m still trying.