So I’ve been working the past few days on the Bang story. A major check-in date is this Saturday. I have to have 75% done in order to be paired with an artist for the final reveal in June. I’m thinking now that my story will be at most 17,000 words and I am at almost 11,000 now. Which means I need about 13,000 (12,750 I think lol) to hit that. So that’s a couple thousand more by Saturday. Which I think I can do. We shall see! ha ha
Anyway, that being said, I won’t have any updates this week otherwise.
I was thinking this morning that by the end of April, I have another like 17 days of staying here. And I work in LA which has actually extended the social distancing until at least May 15th (I think maybe will extend to end of May, I don’t know) it will be even longer. Strange times.
I’m so torn about it all, because I want people to be able to get back to work, I really do, so I am glad I am not a government official trying to decide all this, because while absolutely the virus is scary, not knowing how you are going to live and pay your bills is pretty damn scary too.
Tomorrow’s flash is, I’m afraid, one I have done some version of a hundred times at least. I realized it as I read it over. It’s not at all original, but, um, there you have it. I hope you will enjoy it anyway.
Friday’s is a bit of the beginning of a story I am considering, so, full disclosure, it’s not really a complete story flash, and it’s definitely not a happy ending.
Work at home is what it is. All right. Because the alternative no job is even uglier right now. And no, I have not received the stimulus money. If I do get it, it’s going to bills.
And honestly, that’s it. I don’t have any pretty pictures to share today, so you get one from wordpress.
April 14, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Well, in all fairness, stimulus money is being given to us for the express purpose of paying bills we couldn’t pay otherwise. I mean, I’ll get one and shouldn’t. People who haven’t lost their jobs, haven’t lost their insurance, etc…..I don’t even think I should get one anyway.
That being said, I’m NOT sending it back, though there is a form to submit and do that. It will not even be equal to what I paid in extra when I filed in February.
The real point is, if we don’t get back to work, there won’t be a country left – and no jobs because everyone will have gone bankrupt and starved to death.
That’s just the whole hard truth. Our government no longer backs their currency with gold or…anything. They’re just printing money. They’re giving it to banks – loans.
And when we’re through this, the government will now own at least 75% of everything, including our mortgages. It’s all so much more complex than that, but….
If there’s no country left, no jobs, what are we doing all this for in the first place.
This is a time-sensitive mess.
I don’t think we think of our government, our treasury, our system as being this fragile.
But obviously, all it took was shutting down such a huge percentage of our businesses and it’s not recoverable. Not enough loans for small businesses. Our strip shopping areas are ghost towns. It’s all unfixable.
So we’re vulnerable in ways we just never really thought possible.
When the government just prints money willy nilly, then milk is $10 a gallon. Except there isn’t any because farmers and ranchers can’t get loans to do what they do and they go under.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of people in cars lined up for food now – every day. It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever seen.
Because when we run out of food to help people – that’s when there no longer is a law, and hungry people take to the streets to take food from those who have it…and leave those people in….who knows what condition.. Or if those people have arms, hungry people die breaking in.
There’s no recovering anything like that. It’s Mad Max-ish. (which I never watched so if that isn’t a good example, insert any apocalypse movie you HAVE seen that fits.)
We had the lowest unemployment and the best economy almost in the history of a nation just weeks ago. The only reason we’re here is the disease AND the closing of businesses.
Opening the businesses is the only way the US will survive at all. AT ALL. Yes, more people will get sick. That’s going to happen. And people are still getting sick from flu and every other illness we were getting sick from 4 months ago.
We have to, as a country, get back to work. Or it’s over. I mean – everything is over. I have studied and read and listened to so many opinions – and they all agree with this one thing, no matter who they are.
April 14, 2020 at 2:25 pm
Yes, I know it’s for paying bills, which is why that’s what I intend to do if I get it, but if I do, like you, I am not sending it back. I have a job now, but if this goes on longer, I may not.
And yes, I abhor that buffoon who runs this country but I am 100% in support of opening the economy up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, they are all listening to doctors who are risk averse. And so we continue on losing homes and livelihoods and food. A sad state for sure.
April 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm
Oh, and on the actual topic. I’d be thrilled if you just started recycling flashes from when you first had a blog. I wasn’t here then and unless they’re on ao3, I wouldn’t have read them! That could save you some grief too. You know, flashback whatever! 🙂
I don’t care how you write. I still can’t get enough. tos aos spirk, pinto. I just bask in all of them.
They’re all just pure guilty pleasure.
I mean, tos only last 3 years and we don’t even HAVE tv episodes of aos.
We’ve been cheated on both counts. There’s NOTHING I’d rather have (outside of you know world peace and world health and world unity) than an aos TV series. Lord, to watch them every week? I can’t even imagine how thrilled I’d be.
April 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm
That would be the best ever, I agree. And yeah I can’t get enough of any of them either. ❤
April 14, 2020 at 2:56 pm
So true. Doctors aren’t educated specifically in the ways of the world/national economy.
Politicians (except for a few) aren’t doctors or health specialists.
By nature of the beast, they’re just not going to agree on much.
They have to find a compromise. I want the United States to survive, and not just survive, flourish. I keep thinking, what if the economy and unemployment HADN’T been as good as it was 4 months ago. To take such a plunge as we have, where would we be today?
But then, Al Gore isn’t a scientist either but that didn’t keep him from winning a grammy and an oscar for a science documentary.
They can and must work together.
April 14, 2020 at 3:02 pm
I agree, there HAS to be a compromise that satisfies these doctors but gets us all to a place where we can live and thrive again
April 15, 2020 at 10:17 am
btw – I went to that irs site today to see when my DD would hit the bank.
It told me they didn’t have enough info to process mine.
Funny – they had enough bank info to TAKE WHAT I OWED out of the same day I filed. THE.SAME.DAY. But not to give. The government taketh but is too blind to use the same info to give.
I entered all the info it said to enter. I had it right in front of me and triple checked it before I submitted.
They told me my info doesn’t match anything.
I don’t expect to get anything.
April 15, 2020 at 10:26 am
Oiye, of course. That just figures.
You and I are in the same boat. They claim they deposited mine into an account that is closed. So yep. Chase, my bank, does not have it in my new account. They won’t let you call them either. I sent a message (they didn’t want to take those either and strongly discouraged them but I did anyway), and there auto response to messages at Chase is don’t expect a response any time soon. So yeah, I don’t expect to get anything either.
April 15, 2020 at 10:29 am
That’s beyond the worst I’ve ever heard. They claim they deposited it? Into a non-existent account? That’s……I’d be running down the street screaming. I’m so sorry.
April 15, 2020 at 10:37 am
Yep. So…yep. There’s always the chance it will be rejected and the IRS will then mail me a check but I am not holding my breath
April 14, 2020 at 2:26 pm
First off: don’t apologize. Bc even if you’ve “done it before” there’s going to be something different. And also I love everything so I’m gonna be pleased. We all will.
Go you on the Bang! You can do it!
Ugh I feel ya on the rest. It’s all so scary. And changing by the minute it seems. Be happy with what we can be at the moment and do our best to get through the rest. But man do I feel ya.
April 14, 2020 at 2:28 pm
Well I guess I keep repeating the same scenario because I like it myself obviously lol
Yeah, my actual county doesn’t really have it that bad. Small amounts of cases in the scheme of things, but where I work, LA, is different. Still far less than they initially predicted I think.
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April 14, 2020 at 11:51 pm
Whatever your flash is about, original idea or not, I’ll love to see it. Spirk is seeing me through this shitstorm that we are in.
I’m hoping that we pass the worst of this virus soon. I think I will have PTSD by the time it’s said and done. There’s been so many deaths! My nursing home has had a number of deaths, plus at least 5 that transferred out and died in the hospital. Two nights ago, I had to pronounce two of our residents dead within two hours. (Yes RNs can pronounce death when there’s no doctor in house.) I’m traumatized from it all. Last week my neighbor across the street lost her husband to the virus. They were both my age and their only child, a daughter, is a junior in college. The husband was a mechanic and probably didn’t heed the social distancing rules.
I’m not sure what the answers are, but we need to reopen businesses wisely. And we desperately need more PPE. We need masks, face shields, isolation gowns and jumpsuits now, so we don’t have to ration them so much! Open factories to produce these for the healthcare workers that need them now.
Stay well you friend! ❤️💚😘🖖
April 15, 2020 at 7:35 am
I’m so sorry, I can’t even imagine what it’s like for you,
please take care
April 15, 2020 at 4:41 am
I’ve been working from home since March, 12th now. And there’s no end in sight. The first day, my boss predicted we’re going to be stuck in home office until summer. My country will start reducing restrictions next week (opening kindergartens) and then we’ll see. Since my kids are older, they won’t be back in school before sometime in May. Our version of the 4th of July (it’s on May, 17th) has just been cancelled. But, I figure I’m lucky, because we can both work from home.
As for the flash (I’m a day late, so I’ve already read it) – who cares? It’s never 100% the same (or we would totally enjoy a re-post), so there will always be something different. And I can totally read variations of the same. 🙂
April 15, 2020 at 7:43 am
You beat me at home by several weeks as I began April 01. I think we’re talking June before we are back too and then only in phases I think. Our governor has pretty much said that. And also that we can expect any large gatherings like concerts, sporting events, fairs, etc, to continue to be canceled throughout the summer. Since we generally go to the Hollywood Bowl every summer I guess that is definitely not happening this year. I suspect any large Independence Day things will be canceled as well, at least in California. We’re both working from home for now too. So it could be worse.
April 16, 2020 at 11:09 pm
We were pretty early with home office, yes. On the other hand, I’m in Europe, so that’s not really a surprise. And that period was a little chaotic, with daily changes around quarantine. I was traveling for work (for one night) in the beginning of March and they changed which countries where included in the 14-days-quarantine-after-coming-home like 4 times. In the end, I had one day with quarantine, which was also 14 days after I came home. By then, I’d already been home for a few days.
I got hubby tickets for Trevor Noah in June (he was supposed to come here), but I figure that won’t happen. Even if my country opens again for events like that, he might not travel. Dang it.
April 17, 2020 at 6:56 am
Um yeah, sorry but Trevor lives in New York, the hardest hit area here, I don’t see him traveling there. So sorry 😦
But glad you are safe!
April 15, 2020 at 2:06 pm
I read the flash earlier today (will comment soon) and I quite enjoyed it 🙂 academy era is always fun
Woot! Big bang buddies! 😀 we got this!
Hope you are having a good week so far 🙂