Post-NaNo Update: Politics

…Why do I do this to myself, why…?

Ahem. The problem with building a world is that they by definition tend to have a lot of people in them. And lots of people = politics. No ands, ifs, or buts.

Meaning one of the parts I need to struggle through to get to the big flashy fight scenes at the end are the various political reactions to all the supernatural shenanigans going on. Ow. Not pretty.

Still, if you’ve read A Net of Dawn and Bones, you know various supernatural types have managed to get themselves entangled in the local (and global) political scene. Meaning the fallout from that has to be addressed. Even if I do it on as small-scale a level as possible.

Well. Monsters roaming the streets tends to get reactions, yes….

This part is going slowly, but at least it’s still going. And if I can just get past this to one of the bad guys’ countermoves, I’ll be set to start the real mess!


14 thoughts on “Post-NaNo Update: Politics

    1. And I’m going to have both in Seeds. Meep.

      Seriously, trying to do all my research so the POV characters are speaking accurately from their point of view, but it’s still going to be a bit hairy.

      Asked one of my beta’s if I was an optimist or a masochist. Reply: “You’re a writer.”

      …Well. I’d say that fairly answers that….

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      1. From your prior writing, you’re going to have all three– part of what draws folks in to your writing is that you have a ton of characters who show all the other kinds of love, that isn’t lust related.
        Not the cheap rip-off of Kinkaid style stuff that’s all glowy and warm looking with no content, but the vulnerability involved in real, mature wish-the-best-for-the-other.

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  1. And making any political situation trickier (besides the politicians) is while individuals are often very rational and sensible, people can be dumb, stupid, panicky animals. Especially when they are scared. And monsters roaming the streets, especially if they attacked and killed people, tends to very understandably frighten people.

    Plus everyone has limits on how much change they can handle at once. And having things you were told most of of your life were just made up suddenly be real is a big chance. And not one that easily handled within a few years – especially since even more stuff keeps coming out of the woodwork.

    Plus properly understanding another culture takes a lot of time. And effort. And lots of patience. And the willingness to sincerely* apologize when you mess up and sincerely accept** apologies when they mess up.

    *Because an insincere apology is pretty worthless. If you aren’t actually sorry and don’t think you did anything wrong (which for your POV might be true but maybe find out WHY the other party was so offended by what you said and did – and at least sincerely apologize for causing offense as that was not your intent), then you will continue to do the thing you are apologizing for. And since you clearly weren’t sorry the first time, they will not be inclined to accept your apology the second time, let alone forgive it.

    **Note that accepting someone’s apology does not always mean you have forgiven them. It might simply mean that you have accepted that they are attempting to make amends with you in some fashion.

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    1. And making any political situation trickier (besides the politicians) is while individuals are often very rational and sensible, people can be dumb, stupid, panicky animals.


      Familiar with that (very true!) observation, but I think I came up with a reason it is so– the problem of information. It’s the same reason that it would be bad for me to try to control what someone three or four cars away from me was doing– I simply can’t know what they’re basing their information on. 90% of the time that someone is laying on their horn behind me to get me to go on a red, there’s at least one person right in front of my car in the crosswalk. Or there’s a big sign that they can’t see through my vehicle that says “no right on red.” Or any of a dozen other things.
      But sometimes people do have bad judgement– or just different risk levels– so you have to pay attention to what other people are doing, and try to figure it out, and that means that you’re going to have Ideas about what they should be doing.

      And if all the important information they’re working with isn’t obvious from either experience or right there where it’s happening, then most people are going to be making dumb choices.


      1. *nods*

        Yes, sometimes the matter of not having the same information will make someone else’s actions look very stupid. Or at least questionable or annoying.

        Totally agree that everyone has different ideas of what is a good risk or not.

        Fear can be a very rational response – fearing something or someone that has hurt you or you know can hurt you isn’t irrational. An appropriate amount of that fear will make you more cautious. But panic can and does kill because most people when they panic aren’t cautious and might not notice they are about step into something or somewhere dangerous.

        Also people don’t always make the best decisions when they are very frightened or angry. I’m sure everyone here has made a decision or said something while they were angry that they later regretted.

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      2. The thing with panic is, as far as I can tell, it’s supposed to be the last-ditch defense mechanism against something trying to eat you. Panic, do something crazy and unpredictable, the lion might miss.

        The problem is that a lot of our problems aren’t lions. Unfortunately!


      3. Agreed on the horn situation!

        I personally know that I am no Mario Andretti, so there are chances in traffic I will not take. This apparently frustrates the heck out of some people.

        And when it comes down to “there are things out there preying on humans”… Oo boy, this will get messy.

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    2. Ah, a fellow MiB fan. *Waves*

      And yes. The real problem that’s going to hit is not that “monsters are real”, but “we only knew about some of the monsters, and the ones we knew about didn’t give us one clue there were worse things out there.”

      Which, of course, there are.

      Steven and his associates are cackling with evil glee. Meep.

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  2. Hmmm. Actually, the problem with frightened and angry people is more that they often make good decisions that solve that particular problem quite completely, but which open things up to other problems. Or they are extremely good decisions in a Paleolithic environment of pure survival, but not helpful now.

    Driving large groups of humans into a corner when they are frustrated, angry, and afraid is a really bad idea, even for other humans. Making it a bad idea is a survival thing for our species, even though we rightly hope for more clever ways of dealing with it than rioting. If nonhuman beings do it to set off that response, they are idiots.

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  3. Is it possible to make your flesh toxic to creatures that are weak to silver by drinking colloidal silver? What about silver nanoparticles in consumer products?


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