I’m editing Mark Ellott’s next book, ‘Reiver’, which I expect to have available by the end of the month. There are two other books in the queue but since Mark has already had a few people check it over, there’s little to edit, and he has his own cover already. So this one will be quick.
I have noticed a little ‘lockdown ennui’ creeping in. Every day is the same so it’s hard to keep track of the passage of time. When I wrote this I didn’t realise we were going through a practice run for it.
Okay, it’s north Scotland and it’s always pretty miserable at this time of year but the absolute lack of going anywhere at all just knocks your body clock sideways. It’s hard to believe it’s nearly February. But that’s my problem, and I know for sure a lot of people have it much worse than me. At least I have a pension coming in.
The weather has been… Scottish. Some days are okay, some days the entire area is covered in black ice so you’re on your arse before you know it. Sometimes it snows a bit, sometimes it rains, but no major snow here so far. I once had to take a garden trailer down to the road to get a food delivery because the van couldn’t get up the farm road. Give me snow over ice every time.
But I digress. As usual.
Trump hasn’t gone away. The Democrats won’t let him. They are determined to impeach him even though he’s no longer president. Well, this is a terrible idea for any democrat out there for two reasons. One, it would make him a political martyr and that is something the Democrats would really regret doing. Two, and perhaps worse, it would set a precedent where former presidents can be impeached and you just know where Trump is going with that. In the end it seems the Constitution does not allow it anyway, but who cares, right?
Meanwhile, California, Michigan and Chicago have suddenly decided to end all Covid restrictions. Just like that. Was it all politics? Of course it was. Your pleb lives mean nothing to these people. You are just bargaining chips to get what they want. It’s like the chess player willing to lose pawns to get the queen through. The little guy doesn’t matter.
In the UK and Europe, we are now hearing about vitamin D, hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as effective treatments. Most of which we knew a year ago. Well, they’re making money from the vaccines and that will continue so they don’t need to let you all die any more.
So, can you just refuse the vaccine now? I mean, the objective is secured. Trump is gone, cases are dropping like a stone, restrictions are ending…
Well, yes you can refuse it. But you will not be allowed to work or travel or go to shops. Because the vaccine does not stop you catching or spreading the virus therefore you are only safe in public if you have it. Yeah. Pick the fucking logic out of that one.
Come on. It’s money now. It’s now about vaccine profit. So you have to stay scared. And… you will. I found out very early on in my horror writings that it is extraordinarily easy to scare people. It’s much more difficult to convince them that the scare is just a story.
Lockdowns have no end point. Mad Hancock made that clear when he said that one of the conditions was ‘no new variants’. New variants turn up at a rate of at least two every month and always will. You are not getting out of this until you die.
In the end you might decide, as many unfortunately have already, that it’s the easy way out. Take the hard way. It involves more effort but it’s so much more interesting.
The catchphrase for this lunacy is ‘stay safe’. I think I have a better one.
Stay sane. If you can.