As you can guess by my absence of late, I've been kind of down, as well as busy trying to get my life going again...and failing.
First off, I decided to check out a job opening over at a nearby taxi company. I have a CDL license, the pay looked good, so I figured, "Why not?" But I changed my mind when I looked over the job application form, and discovered that the company in question wanted me to give them my savings and checking account numbers while I was at it. Needless to say, that sent up all kinds of red flags in my mind.
Next, I'm sure all of you are aware that I have a low opinion of Rick Snyder. So you should know that if he and I actually agree on something, the situation must be grim. And that situation is the legalization of marijuana.
Personally, I'm staggered that anybody could ever actually be stupid enough to want to legalize something that is proven as dangerous and addictive as this infamous gateway drug, but then, I suppose if people are stupid enough to put that stuff into their bodies in the first place, then they're stupid enough to want to make it legal.www.mlive.com/lansing-news/ind…
And as if that's not bad enough, there are politicians and so on who argue that the war on drugs is lost, so we might as well legalize all of them and cut our losses. That's right, they genuinely want to make things like methamphetamines, crack, cocaine, and more all perfectly legal. Never mind the damage such drugs will do to people, the danger to any unborn children being carried by drug abusers, or the fact that this is practically a guarantee that things like violent crimes, lethal overdoses, and more will all skyrocket. Proponents of legalization declare that such a solution will save money, reduce prison populations, and reduce crime.
Me? I'd like to quote Edmund Burke: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
If current drug policies aren't working, then we need to get tougher, not ease down. Prisons overflowing? House arrests for addicts while making it illegal to employ them, and then give drug dealers the death penalty if they won't stop selling their poisons. Drug cartels in Mexico proving too hard to stop? A military solution worked with Osama bin Laden. I think napalming those cartels and their fields of filth would work just as well. Because as far as I'm concerned, giving up on something just because it isn't easy just isn't an option. Especially since legalization of marijuana has already been proven to be a complete disaster in places such as Amsterdam, Portugal, and Colorado.www.nytimes.com/2014/06/01/us/…www.chicagotribune.com/news/op…www.cnn.com/2012/02/15/opinion…blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tim…www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/j…www.dixiesunnews.com/articles/…townhall.com/columnists/johnha…
And on another note...with my new method for cranking out chapters proving to be a success, and given my difficulties in finding work, I think it's time I spent a little time working on some original stories to self-publish. Goodness knows I have plenty of ideas. And I did some checking. I completed a chapter of Lilith's Herald in under four days, and that thing was well over 20,000 words in length. And I've checked some statistics regarding word counts in books. The median average word count for books? About 64,000. That wretched example of abysmal writing and catering to the lowest common denominator known as "Fifty Shades of Grey"? That thing weighs in at 105,000. So by my calculations, I could bam out a good-sized book in about a couple weeks (beta reading and editing would, of course, take longer. As would setting up for self-publication). At the very least, it would be worth investigating.
And on that note, I got curious about some of the word counts of my own stories. And so I checked out this site for the word counts of some famous books. www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03…
Then I checked out some of my story word counts as shown on FFNet. and I was rather startled by something.
"Legacy of the Cursed Mask" has proven to be one of my more popular stories, and the second installment, "The Wolf-Demon Crisis", weighs in at a whopping 551,799 words. So how does that compare to the word count of some other stories? Well, I checked, and it outweighs a very famous novel, whose grand total of words is 544,406.
And just what is the name of this story that "Legacy of the Cursed Mask" outweighs in wordiness?
You might have heard of it. It's called "War and Peace".
Oh, well. I'm getting better at working with Manga Studio 5. So it shouldn't be long before I get some more commission works done. Wish me luck.