Fake News!

Trump trumpets this almost child-like phrase regularly on Twitter. The implication is that he doesn’t believe a word of what others are reporting. They are liars.
But how can anything be true? How can we believe anything with certainty?
We can’t.
Sometimes it’s all about blind faith because some things we will never experience for ourselves.  We have to believe in what and who we feel comfortable with and I for one think that the most powerful man in the world (allegedly) should not be taking tantrums on Twitter.  Surely as a world leader, he should be more dignified in his behaviour?  Surely he should have more important things to think and talk about?
There is also a lot of talk about making America great again. The implication is it’s not great. It’s not the most powerful country in the world. He implies he is going to be the saviour.
I recently watched Scandal and though it is a fictional programme, some of the characters resemble (whether deliberately or not) real political figures.  Hollis Doyle in his quest to be president is scuppered when he is exposed as a racist and a bigot.  He reminds me of Donald Trump. He wants to boot certain groups of people out of America, just like Trump.  But what was more notable was the response from his rival Edison Davis when interviewed about his plans:
“…..nothing needs to be restored, nothing needs to be made great again. We are a better nation now that we were 20 years ago, than we were 50 years ago, than we were 100 years ago, than we were at our founding. That is the point of America. We are a country that is always greater than our past. I am proud to live in a country where a black man has a legitimate shot at the White House.”
Video is here.
He is stating that America is great and is always becoming greater through progress; through acceptance of everyone regardless of skin colour, religion, age or gender. POSITIVE progress for an already great country to become greater.
If only Donald Trump watched Scandal. He could learn lessons from its script writers.
We don’t need more hate and discrimination in this world. We need less. We need more patience with others and acceptance.  We need to accept that we are not all the same (in small ways – we’ve got to have our quirks) and yet we are where it matters.  One race = human.
My point is, Trump’s Twitter tantrums are not helpful. How do we know that he is telling the truth in what he writes?  We don’t, just as we don’t know whether anything we read is true.  Yes, some news pieces might be “fake news” and be open to interpretation but maybe that’s not for him to decide.  Maybe he should be more concerned about the fear and alarm he has caused worldwide.  If that’s fake news – prove it. Don’t promote fear and hatred. Promote peace and well-being.  Encourage unity, not division.
One race = human.

Ten is the magic number

Ten is the magic number.

Ten minutes of writing upon waking.

Ten minutes of exercise to start the day.

Ten minutes of meditation.

Ten minutes of any large or daunting household task – made smaller by chipping away at it.

Ten minutes of reading before bed.

Ten might be a small number but this small number is helping me be more productive.  It’s helping me form good habits, the kind of habits that will help me get on.  I want to be a writer but I wasn’t writing.  I want to lose weight but I wasn’t exercising.  I want to keep my new house tidy – this will be the hardest one.

It’s a start.  I will build on this but in the meantime, ten minutes of effort goes a long way.

 

Di 🙂

 

My failure and success in NaNoWriMo so far

For the first time, I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo.  For anyone who doesn’t know what NaNoWriMo is, it is National Novel Writing Month and it has taken place every November since 1999.  The aim is to write 50,000 words in a month and then the editing can follow at your leisure in December or whenever.  I have flirted with the idea of writing a novel before but I haven’t made it past the planning stage.  Some of my previous planning is still saved and I may revisit for a future novel or novels but in the meantime, I thought I would take up the challenge of just writing and getting my first novel underway.

Three weeks into the challenge and I have written just short of 10,000 words.  It works out at an average of 500 words a day.  While I could see this as a failure because I am 9 days and 40,000 words away from the target, I see it as a success.

Let me explain why.

I enjoy writing but I find that life often gets in the way.  I know real writers are supposed to find their way around obstacles but sometimes it just isn’t possible.  I don’t want to make excuses but for a variety of reasons my writing was sporadic.  To have written a few hundred words most days (I have written for 19 days out of 21) is a success.  It is a success because I have been writing regularly.  I have been writing regularly and enjoying it.  And, because I am writing most days, I know where I am going with the story.  I won’t have to remind myself at a later date what I had previously written.  My plot and characters will stay with me on a daily basis until the story is told in full.

I had not previously achieved this without the goal of NaNoWriMo.

With 9 days to go, I don’t expect to have 50,000 words written but what I do expect is to have a fully formed skeleton; the skeleton being the plot outline.  I can then work on putting flesh on the bones.

I’m happy with my progress on my practice novel.  I’m glad I took up the challenge and I would do it again.

I would love to hear about other people’s experiences in NaNoWriMo.

Maybe you’re just like me, a newbie to novel-writing.  Maybe you find it easy to knock out 50,000 words.

Feel free to leave a comment below.

Di 🙂