I’m working on tying up a bunch of loose ends, cleaning up the back burner.
So that’s why I put out a book of short stories a couple weeks ago. A few of the stories had been finished years earlier, the same time I got the cover for the book.
It’s the same story with Book 2 of ancient Chinese history. If I can just get another 15,000 words or so on that, I’ll be done. But that’s easier said than done.
So that can wait.
In the meantime, I’m working on another book I already have the cover for. This is Mud.
It’s a Book 3.
Book 2 sold just 15 copies. Book 1 did 524 copies…but that’s mostly because it was free for a long time. It has the terrible reviews to prove it.
So no one wants to read these books.
The nice thing about that is you can write whatever the hell you want in the next one…because no one’s going to read it and no one’s going to care.
That’s why Mud should be finished before the month is out. There’s just no pressure. Instead, it’s just fun.
When I get that done I’ll do a Book 3 of the Montana 1860s series of short novels. This one is called Silver City. It’s the sequel to Sun River Crossing and Prickly Pear Canyon.
You don’t care about any of this, do you?
You’re probably more interested in the news about the economy and politics, as if that’s going to get better.
Yeah...the economy. This idea that if you just buy more shit, your life will feel complete.
We both know the truth is the exact opposite.
CNN cited an AP-NORC poll last month which showed that 85% of Americans think that "things in this country are headed in the wrong direction."
"That frankly points to disaster for Democrats in November,” Obama advisor David Axelrod said.
But the White House doesn’t care. They’re tone deaf. Most elites are.
Just yesterday we had some dumb broad with the Fed saying that she’s got enough money so rising prices don’t matter to her.
She should be fired; she’ll probably be promoted.
The White House is tonedeaf on this kind of stuff, and Americans are growing sick of it. You can’t have an advisor to the president tell Americans to suck it up for the “liberal world order.”
That’s actually what he suggested last month when people complain about gas prices being $5 for months or even years.
Just take one for the liberal team of rich folks that want to control you…yeah, right.
Meanwhile, major corporations are laying-off workers. Even Facebook’s Zuckerberg is admitting they’ll reduce the number of engineers they hire this year from 10,000 to 7,000. Others in the company suggest layoffs could come.
So far this year, 33 major companies have announced layoffs or hiring freezes, many of them in the tech and financial sectors.
It's a huge mess, one the corporate media doesn’t want you to know about. Just keep thinking our unemployment rate is historically low, and that everything is peaches and cream.
Or better yet…believe the lies about gas prices.
But it’s not all peaches and cream, is it?
No, not at all.
- Coinbase is laying off 18% of its workforce. It’s also joining up with Blackrock to stay relevant. Watch out!
- Real estate firms Redfin and Compass are laying off 8% and 10%, respectively.
- Carnival axed 18%.
- Robinhood is cutting 9%.
- 10% of Tesla’s workforce is being shown the door.
Oh, just keep listening to Dementia Joe; keep thinking that everything is coming up roses.
But you’re not stupid.
You know we’re on the precipice of the worst economic collapse this country has seen since the 1930s.
You know this.
Hardly anyone else in Missoula does, or at least they don’t care.
Take the entitled fucks at the Roxy Theatre, for instance. They could care less about the economy as a whole because they know if the going gets tough, they can just ask for a handout from the county.
There is so much wrong with this.
The theater’s total revenue is $1.1 million a year, but expenses are $1.06 million. Net income is just $65,000 a year, or about $5,500 a month.
Pay for the manager, Mike Steinberg, is $60,000 a year when theater managers around the country typically make $42,000. I imagine wages for other employees are higher than average as well. Salaries and wages make up 41% of total expenses.
The theater is a failed business model. If it was a private company, it’d be laying off workers and cutting pay.
But it’s not private, it’s public…funded with your tax dollars.
It’s just another example of how our country, our state, our county and our city have lost their way.