Everyday, my social media feeds are kind of an assault.
Like, the world is a trash fire and there are tweets and links and stories pretty much every hour on the hour (and every minute in between) reminding you that things are horrible and people are garbage. This is both for the world at large, and in the microcosm of the SFF Community.
(Not everyone, and I do try to make a point of reminding us all of that.)
A lot of times, you pretty much have to make a choice: do you watch the trash fire, or do you do the work? Which wolf do you feed?
(And that's not even getting into the creative-energy-drain that is other parts of life, family, finances, work, household, etc., etc.)
So how do I keep my head clear so I can work? Honestly, a lot of willful ignorance. A lot of deciding NOT to pay attention to the trashfire. Admittedly, a lot of that comes down to privilege: the worst of the trashfire things are NOT attacks on me or my daily life. I'm able to ignore it in ways others don't have the luxury to. And I need to so I can get my work done.
There's enough horrible in the world as it is, people. Be excellent to each other.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Saving the Mental Energy for the Work
Marshall Ryan Maresca is a Fantasy and Science Fiction Novelist, as well as a playwright, living in South Austin with his wife and son. He is the author of the Maradaine Novels:
The Thorn of Dentonhill, A Murder of Mages , The Alchemy of Chaos, An Import of Intrigue , The Holver Alley Crew, The Imposters of Aventil , Lady Henterman's Wardrobe , The Way of the Shield (October 2018) and A Parliament of Bodies (March 2019).
His work also appeared in Norton Anthology of Hint Fiction and Rick Klaw’s anthology Rayguns Over Texas. He also has had several short plays produced.
Visit his website at mrmaresca.com