Being an author is like being in charge of your own personal insane asylum.

- Graycie Harmon

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

So Much (Political) Rage

I can't believe it. I just can't. After all the terrible things he has done, even going against the democratic principles of this country (which is why the election was bloody called, you fools), you voted the most malignant person possible to a majority government. A majority. That's right. That's who you voted for, or didn't, as it turns out. Voter turnout was only 1% higher than last time, and last time was the worst ever recorded voter turnout.

Congratulations, Canada. Your political apathy has cost you your country.

If you really want to know why I'm so angry that this horrible example of humanity has gained power (in a bid to acquire votes in a Quebec riding (where asbestos is mined), he told them that he vehemently supports the selling of asbestos where it is still legal, i.e. third world countries who lack the training and equipment to handle it in a safe manner - and that is not the only un-Canadian, undemocratic stunt he's pulled), you need not look further than this site:

I do believe I feel exactly the same way sane Americans felt when George W. Bush was elected. Twice.

And to think, I was going to spend this post showing off some snaps of my first Equestrian Archery lesson of the season. The election results, however, has put me in too foul a mood. You'll just have to wait until tomorrow for those.

Oh, Canada, our home native land, true patriot love WOULD HAVE GOTTEN YOU TO VOTE!


Alright, I'm done shouting. I'm going to go whimper in a corner about this for the rest of the day.

A couple of silver linings, however. The NDP is now the official opposition. That's a good sign that many Canadians (especially Quebec - Je suis tellement fière de toi) were informed when they voted. I'm praying they do a very good job of it, and keep Harper and his cronies as honest as they possibly can. It's not easy, I know, but don't let me down, NDP!

The other thing that made me exceptionally happy was the election of Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, in her riding. It's official, the Green Party has a seat. I hope she makes herself heard, because Canada needs a green voice, especially since Harper's environmental policies has scientists calling for the removal of Canada from the Commonwealth (a request not made since Apartheid rule in South Africa. Well done, Harper. Well done). A HUGE congratulations to her, and I hope this is a sign of better things to come.

Having recounted some of the better results of the night, I'm much calmer. Also, training begins again tonight, so I'll have an outlet for my political vexations.

Now, I know that everyone's political orientation is not the same, and running posts of a political nature can be tricky. That said, someone has to speak up. I'm not afraid to, nor am I ashamed to. Nor should I be. You are welcome to disagree (democracy and free speech and all that), but keep the comments civil.

Right... so... in other news, I have officially finished the writing portion of the first draft of Overlord. At 110 824 words, it is my longest manuscript yet. All that remains today is to do a cursory spelling and grammar check, and divide the novel into chapters (the way I write, having to make chapters comes second). After that, I'm leaving it the heck alone for any number of months as I work on other projects.

I quite normally give myself the rest of the month off writing at all, but since it's so early in the month, I might just give myself the month off writing anything to do with The Great Man, and work on other projects instead.

Oh, and here's some much happier news. A massive thanks to Pam Asberry of the blog Sometimes It's Cloudy, Sometimes It's Clear who has awarded me with:


Now the rules of accepting the award are as follows:

1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
2. Share seven random facts about yourself.
3. Pass the award along to five buddies whose blogs epitomize the theme.
4. Contact those buddies to congratulate them.

Number one, check. Number two:

1. When I first meet someone, I'm actually quite shy and reserved, leading them to think I'm cold. Those who know me well, however, know I'm a complete goof and not cold at all.
2. I chose my friends extremely carefully. I might be friendly, but that doesn't make you my friend. Sorry.
3. I want a house with an orchard... and a vineyard... and a few horses. Man, I'm going to have to be a millionaire to pull it off!
4. I can't dance or sing, but will do both anyway.
5. I might have a spiral fracture in my left foot. They said random facts. That's random, and a fact.
6. I have trouble keeping my heels down while in a canter. I will be correcting that.
7. I think that worldly experience improves a person more than career experience. I hope to be well-travelled and have children who are well-travelled.

... check.

And number three:

I award this to:

1. Genevieve Hopkins of Our Watership Down
2. Rosa Christian of Per Rose Oddities
3. Gerard de Marigny of The World According to g.
4. Rita Web of Rita's World
5. Debbie Maxwell Allen of Writing While the Rice Boils.

... check!

And number four..... check!

This is an absurdly long post. I'm leaving you alone now, but before I go, Forgotten English:

Canvas Opera

A circus.
- Maurice Weseens' Dictionary of American Slang, 1934.

Considering the election, this is very appropriate.


Debbie Maxwell Allen said...

Thanks so much for mentioning me. I love getting to chat back and forth with you. So sorry the elections were a disappointment--sometimes events like that finally galvanize people to make things change despite whoever is in power.


S.M. Carrière said...

Thank-you for the award!

One might have thought that the absolute rubbish that Harper has pulled in the past would have been enough to get people out to change things this time around. Apparently not.

Let's hope Canada wakes up in four years time.

Gerard de Marigny said...

So kind of you sista ... thanks!

110K words WOW ... that's an accomplishment in itself!

You inspire me!!


Julee J. Adams said...

You know, my husband works for a television station in news production (directs the newscasts) and he lives to argue politics, quote historical facts, write letters to the editor, etc. Me, not so much. I'm ashamed I wasn't even aware of the election for our neighbors in the north. Here's hoping for your opportunity to be a voice of reason and make the changes you want.

S.M. Carrière said...

Thank-you, Julee. I hope some changes are soon forthcoming. It is very annoying that 60% of Canadians voted against the Conservatives, but that 60% was split amongst several parties, thus the majority government.

The Conservatives are not representative of Canadian values. Le sigh.

I, before this election and I learnt all the ridiculous things Harper and his party have done and are trying to do, didn't much care for it either.

Thanks again for your comment and good luck on your road to publication!

Per Rose Oddities said...

That was a great rant Sonia. I love your forth-rightness and passion. The world is a better place because of people like you. Rosa

S.M. Carrière said...

Thanks Mum. Coverage of the election night was possibly the most depressing night of my life...