The world has gone mad to-day, and good’s bad to-day, and black’s white to-day, and day’s night to-day, and that gent to-day you gave a cent to-day, once had several chateaus.—Cole Porter, from “Anything Goes.”
Things are going nuts right now, and myself and a lot of writers I am online with are wondering what to do. A lot of us are hunkered-down in our homes and trying to keep “business as usual” as usual as possible by keeping up our regular schedule or just plain writing, maybe more than usual.
About three-and-a-half years ago I wrote a column for Queer Sci-Fi (thanks, Scott!) which touches on some of these issues. It is as topical now, as it was then. Here it is:
(From Boogieman In Lavender, November 13, 2016.)
So how should writers react? Write with passion, continue to type the good fight and do not be intimidated. Which brings me to Marcel Ayme…
Marcel Ayme (1902-1967) was a French novelist, children’s writer, playwright, humorist and short-story writer, the latter being what he is best known today. He was in Paris during World War Two, the time of the occupation by the Germans. He wrote on political issues while at the same time writing stories, many of them using Paris of the time as a setting for fantasies like “The Man Who Walked Through Walls” or “Across Paris.”
One of my favorite Ayme stories, “Tickets on Time” incorporates the realities of wartime rationing with a twist; Parisians are issued time cards that determine how long they will exist that month. The vanishings and reappearances lead to amusing and odd complications.
The point is; Ayme’s typewriter did not go silent. Our word processors, pens, typewriters and other writing implements of choice should not either.
Write with passion. Keep on keeping on.