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14 March 2012 @ 01:30 pm
Repeat Rant  

I have another climate change/politics/green rant building, but I do not have time to write it, so I went and looked up my Temper Tantrum Rant of a few years ago and discovered it…

…fails to apply to many of the things I want to say, but also manages to, so just go read that and assume I’m still as livid, or possibly more so, than I was that day. The follow-up political manifesto also still applies.

The infuriating thing, the really infuriating thing, is that I have no doubt at all that we as a people/nation/world are completely capable of fixing our problems only we had the will to do so. And it is typically governments which have the will, and ours are failing us. Failing us everywhere, failing our current generations, failing the future generations inutterably, failing at everything we might expect of them, and we the people, the ones who have the power to change the governments, are failing at that. I believe in the power of the people, but fucking *hell* I wish it didn’t take actually being on fire to get them to move.

I swear to God I’m going to Kickstart that climate change trilogy just as soon as I have a goddamned minute to breathe.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

 
 
 
irishkate: depressedirishkate on March 14th, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
I have no response to that. I think you have good points on many topics and probably on the ones you really want to rant on today.

I have written longer and more reasoned replies to this post but in the end I keep deleting them because in the end it all comes down to the fact that I no longer believe...in the power of the people, in the ability to make a change, in there being anything I can do to make a change, in government, in democracy..you name it and it is probably true.

I no longer believe.

All I can do is offer a cup of virtual hot chocolate and an ear.
kitmizkit on March 14th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
I went through that exact same dark teatime of the soul for several years during Bush II's American reign, so I feel your pain. I recovered somewhat with Obama's election, but have not recovered the belief that everybody is of course eager for and acting toward a better world. But I've also apparently recovered the ability to be infuriated by that, so that's something. Sort of. :)
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on March 14th, 2012 09:16 am (UTC)
I would sign up to that trilogy in a flash - some of the best writing out there is driven by passion, and this sounds like yours.
kitmizkit on March 14th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
It's such a large passion I barely know where to start.

...actually, that's not true, I have notes and an idea for the trilogy's structure, which may be far, far too ambitious. I love the possibility of trying it, but it would take *time*, possibly a lot of time, and this, among many other things, is why I can't do it right now and can't actually imagine doing it as anything other than a Kickstarter, maybe, where a small passionate reader base would give me the time & rope I needed to hang myself. I think I would panic if I sold this idea on spec to a publisher. It's too complicated and I would want to get it *right*, and that's harder to do with a publication date breathing down your neck...
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on March 14th, 2012 09:23 am (UTC)
And, knowing you, it would wind up being a Hitchhiker's-Guide-5-book-trilogy. :P
kitmizkit on March 14th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
I donno. My series are usually the length I think they're going to be. It's just individual books that get out of control... :)
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on March 14th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
:D

(OTOH, reading your upstream bit about the enormity of it all, I'm not entirely convinced a trilogy would be sufficient.)
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
Possibly not. Or maybe they'd just be really fat books. :) Or possibly they'd be FIVE really fat books instead of three. Who knows? Perhaps we'll find out someday.:)
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on March 14th, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
Big Money hates to be inconvenienced and to spend, and making the changes would cause both. And Big Money is hugely selfish. I share your frustration.
kitmizkit on March 14th, 2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
That's one of the things I'd want to tackle in a climate change SF series: what it takes to move the money. It's...it's such a huge idea. And I want so badly to do it. But it's completely outside my realm as a writer--I'd almost certainly have to use another name--and *flails*
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on March 15th, 2012 06:06 am (UTC)
I think you have the skill to do it, but I can see how it's daunting in scale. On the other hand, I am not keen on this current trend to 'brand' writers and to box them into corners. Some of the best books have come from writers exploring and growing and experimenting and I find it both restrictive and rather sinister than writers of fantasy, of romance, of some sf -- mainly women -- are told they can explore only one area, while others -- Big Name Hard sf writers, mystery writers, litfic writers -- are encouraged and applauded to try whatever they like.
kitmizkit on March 15th, 2012 06:32 am (UTC)
I, OTOH, don't mind the branding thing, because I don't really object to readers being able to say "Ah, I will get This Kind Of Book from CE Murphy, and This Other Kind if she's writing under, say, Catherine E Murphy"--which is 1. why I wrote the Cate Dermody books under that by-line, and 2. is really what we should have published the Queen's Bastard under. But, heh, they decided they were buying the CE Murphy brand as much as anything else.

And TQB sold nearly 20,000 copies, and THE PRETENDER'S CROWN has sold less than 5000, which is a certain amount of incentive to use a different name. Of course, TQB is violently different from any of my urban fantasy, and while Big Idea Science Fiction novel/series also would be, it probably wouldn't be quite so unabashedly full of SEX! SEX! AND MORE...SEX!!! ...which was, from what people have told me, the problem my UF readers had with TQB. (Which is sort of unfair, when you look at, say, Laurell K Hamilton's sex-filled UF, but...well, nevermind.)

On the third hand, "CE Murphy" is at least nominally a gender-neutral byline, so in theory using it for BISF would not be just shooting myself in the head before getting in the ring.

And even if I don't inherently object to branding, I *totally* agree with the idea that we should not be boxed in to writing This Particular Thing just because we're women (or indeed men) or because we're in the habit of writing UF or romance or what-have-you. And on the fifth or so hand, we're at least now living in an era where it's more possible to release something totally new into the wild and see how it might do in the face of all traditional publishing's expectations, which may be something that gains more importance as we go on.
Kerry aka Trouble: global warmingcontrouble on March 14th, 2012 10:03 am (UTC)
Both of those rants posts are still very relevant today as we head into our next presidential election. You better believe I vote.

As for the Kickstarter - Go, Catie! I will so be there.
Greymalkin: taikogreymalkin on March 14th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Governments do not have the will to make change.
They have the power to do so, but governments also have every reason to maintain the status quo, because those feeding at the governmental trough benefit from The Way Things Are, right now, and will only work toward a change if it is likely to produce more benefit(s) for them - which usually means less benefit for those they govern.

Governments can evolve, but usually only very, very slowly, for the reasons cited above. Usually any meaningful change - especially changes which need to occur quickly, as is the case today, for so many reasons - must come about in the form of revolution, which arises among the populace; social, philosophical, religious, economic, and/or simply violent revolution.

But that requires the somnambulant populace to decide that their comfortable lifestyle is worth risking, even forfeiting, in favor of something more important. And I don't see that happening anytime soon.


kitmizkit on March 15th, 2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Re: Governments do not have the will to make change.
Yeah. People don't revolt until the alternative is unbearable, and the alternative for the greater percentage of the population is not yet unbearable. And of course, actual revolutionaries are always a very small percentage of the whole anyway, even if there are many who support or who will at least not hinder them in their actions.