I told you guys I’d only be boring. Just working. Get up, manage hygiene, work until I feel like I’ve got a serious drinking habit, go to sleep, and repeat. Actually, matters aren’t really as simple as that. I spent much of Monday restructuring the website, in the process discovering some security vulnerabilities that I hadn’t previously known about. Learned a fair bit in the process, but for the sake of our collective security, I’ll keep all that insight to myself. That’s part one.
The rest of the week has been consumed in writing. Part two of the Gregory Samuels trilogy continues at a brisk pace. A very brisk pace. At this point, it’s well on the road to becoming proper book length, which isn’t really what I had in mind. When it’s completed, we’ll see what I want to do with it. If it’s enough to be considered a proper novel, I may release it simultaneously as a novel at some moderate price whilst simultaneously releasing it chapter by chapter, for free, as a serial on this website.
There’s other more minor manners predominantly personal. Long story, don’t accept responsibility for a piece of property that you don’t have the time, money, or inclination to maintain. Doesn’t matter if it’s labelled as a gift or not. The ability to say “no,” even to a friend, can be just as kind as saying “yes.” I remember learning this from my father far too late. He’s very good at saying no and being quite cantankerous, but sometimes it’s better to be cantankerous at home than publicly miserable making life for your friends similarly miserable.
I used to find abnormal psychology fascinating when I was in grade-school. The fad had somewhat passed when I hit university. They say that fifteen percent of all Americans will at some point experience a major depressive episode. Of course, that isn’t the same thing as suffering depression as a hereditary disease, but it is nevertheless informative. All around us are many people with the potential to be some variety of crazy. How can there be such a preponderance of people with what are functionally maladaptive conditions? I remember I had heard something about bipolar depression–first that it had strong links to schizophrenia–but also there was in actuality an adaptive component therein. Those suffering bipolar depression, for reasons I can no longer recall, also generally have much higher immune defense. In a pre-modern world where living past thirty-five was something of an achievement thanks to starvation, childbirth, and attendant diseases, it was more adaptive to have a more powerful immune defense than a properly functioning mind. And so there are all these people around us, just passing us in the street, suffering all different manner of psychological ailments. I don’t want to be the person to say that there isn’t a normal, but I will say that most people have good reasons to keep secrets. This is part of the reason our laws are set as they are.
That’s enough for now. I will see the lot of you in another week. Don’t forget to post your own meanderings in the comments section.