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We’re Going Downhill, Fast!

Two days ago, I started brainstorming the back stories of new characters who appear in the sequel to “Thaumaturge” with the working title of “Weapon”, which might be changed because my principal character and narrator is uncomfortable about being referred to as a weapon, even though she refers to herself as one in an earlier chapter of the sequel.  It seems that imaginary characters have second thoughts, just like their human creators.

I’ve written thirteen chapters of the sequel, and Caritas, a heroine who must remain anonymous, has experienced up close and personal what can happen in life-and-death struggles.  Sure, she has super powers that came from the lightning flashover and her unusual Near Death Experience, but, after several instances of using her amazing gifts, she has become frightened by the prospect of becoming overconfident in using them to the point of abusing them.  So, as weird as this sounds, my principal character revealed her concerns to me one afternoon while I was gazing at a blinking cursor, trying to write my characters out of a tight spot, plot wise.

It seems that Caritas Thaumaturge found that quote by Lord Acton in my memory cells:  “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Her input is appreciated, but now I mayhave to create an alternative title!

I’d like to make her a little edgier as she continues to rescue victims of human trafficking and witnesses the cruel toll on the victims, but I also want her to remain true to her idealism.  BTW, did you know that idealists are the least common personality types in humanity?  Her idealism is my fault, because I was labelled as an idealist in a psych. test.

Recent news coverage about transgressions in our nation’s Foreign Workers programme, and the ongoing struggles of “wage slaves” in the service sector, and the selling of children as young as six years old into slavery in third world countries, have made me seriously question my ability/intelligence/talent to write novels about modern-day slavery.  What with political confusion/unrest/violence in third world countries, and the effects of global warming on traditional farming practises, and the deplorable conditions in textile/manufacturing/mining companies in third world countries where children as young as six years of age work criminally long hours to produce products that we in the western hemisphere will buy for our children without thought, I’m feeling totally inadequate to be able to do justice to this horrible, and growing problem.

Write what you know.  Yeah, right!

I fear for the generations who follow us.  I fear we’ve become the masters not only of our destruction, but that of so many other species on our beautiful, blue marble planet, and we’ve got no one to blame but homo sapiens.

Good grief!  Who, in their right minds, would ever leave us in charge of anything?


About sfummerton

You may be familiar with the expression, "It's never too late". Well, I might be living proof of it. I hope to have a novel published in the next two-to-three months. I didn't start writing it until I was in my fifties because of a germ/seed that was planted in my imagination after an attempted mugging/assault decades ago. The experience gave me a great appreciation for the amazing strength of adrenalin. This blog will allow me to talk about my experience as a newbie writer who self-published because I was concerned about how much time I might have left, and because I deal with both chronic pecuniary strangulation and chronic health issues. ;) But, the blog will also be a place where I can post thoughts about issues that concern me. Human trafficking is one of them. That's why I made my antogonist in the soon-to-be-in-print novel "Thaumaturge" a trafficker. He's not involved with organized criminal gangs, either domestic or foreign, but he is an opportunist who understands that big bucks can be made in modern-day slavery, especially in sex-trafficking of underage kids. The growth of human trafficking due to many causes which can be traced back to simple survival concerns me because it preys on the most desperate and vulnerable human beings who have no resources to rely on. Try to imagine how that feels. There are more human slaves on our planet now than at any time in human history. That's deplorable and disgraceful. We're classified as Homo sapiens, which means, wise man in Latin. Uh-huh. So, I'm a leftie, not a rightie, and I'm not referring to my handedness. I think this planet would be better off following Buddhist economics. No, I am not a Buddhist. I call myself a devout agnostic. But, the huge discrepany between the wealthiest on this planet, and everybody else, is simply obscene. I love books and movies and music. I like most music genres, but my favourite since childhood has been film scores. I admire so many of the talented composers and musicians working in that genre because of the discipline involved. The fact that so many of them can create such evocative, effective and beautiful music just blows me away.

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