Adam Piggott

Gentleman adventurer

Month: March 2016 Page 1 of 4

I am not a racist, but …

The above video has been doing the rounds as apparently it is on a US campus where a white guy is taken to task for having dreadlocks which is racist, of course it is. Personally, I think the video is a fake and that they’re both very bad actors. The guy overacts and the girl has the energy of a goldfish with alzheimers.

The unfortunate thing is that this is now believable. Wearing a sombrero is racist, eating sushi is racist, watching little black kids chase goats around a track in Uganda and betting on the outcome is racist. I mean, who wouldda thought it?

There is no moment when we arrive at peak racist, and that’s the whole point. All of this is merely a massive power-play. It’s a gigantic shit-test and when you think about it that way then which side seems to be racist now? Of course, anyone who screams racist at the drop of a hat is undoubtedly a gigantic racist turd-burger themselves. But let’s have a look at this a little closer.

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The value of friendship.

I have only one quote on my desk. It is scribbled on a yellow post-it note of which the adhesive residue has long since worn away. Periodically I will go through a desk cleaning phase when I am being crushed by a writing block. Everything is swept away and my desk returns to a pristine state. My wife will come in and nod and smile. But that post-it note remains. These are the words:

Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hand, but let it go and you understand at once how big and precious it is.

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“She nags me to do the dishes all the time.”

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Yesterday I was at my local greengrocer getting some nice fresh fruit and veg because I’m awesome like that. Anyway, I was there doing my thing when I overheard two young guys who work there having a discussion. One of them, we’ll call him the first guy, was complaining about his live-in girlfriend. From his age and his naivety I think it would be fair to make the assumption that this is his first live-in relationship.

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Updates & News.

I hope you all had a happy and safe Easter. Mine was characterized by four days of eating and drinking, whether it was at home or out at random restaurants. My wife and I enjoy wandering around inner Melbourne around lunch time and popping into a restaurant when the mood takes us. Dinner is always lovely to dine out, but nothing beats lunch. The best of all of course is a lunch that then morphs into a dinner. Until you get the bill.

But this was supposed to be about news and updates. Here we go.

The next book.

Title now is, ‘The Prosecco Paddlers’, and it’s on track for a June release. I’ve been feeding the manuscript to a few people and the feedback has been excellent. Tellingly, my editor hasn’t had to do much at all. It seems the awful slog of the first book has taught me how to construct the things right the first time. It does of course make sense that the more you do something the better you get.

The next next book.

But I also intend to get a third book out this year. I had plans for a novel but that is now on the back-burner as I’m going to put out a book based on the 28 traits for the modern man that I have been developing. I have received a number of emails from readers saying that they would love the topics to be expanded and then available in a book format. Who am I to not deliver on such a request?

Pushing Rubber Downhill audio book.

The audio book has been completed and it is now at audible.com where it is being assessed for publication. This should take about a week and then it will be available. The narrator is Davis Aurini who I must say worked extremely hard at it over the past few months. It clocks in at just under seven and a half hours. That will sort you out if you’re driving across Australia or flying to London.

Podcast.

I’m going to be starting a podcast in the next few weeks. Right now I’m messing around with the computer and recording programs and doing some experimenting on how long I can speak before I become too boring. I’m thinking 30 minutes is a good rough time unless I’m doing an interview. If any of you have topics that you’d like to hear me do a podcast on, drop a comment here or send me an email.

So that’s all the news. Quite a bit actually. Exciting times.

24th trait – The modern man does not have a serious girlfriend.

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Yeah, the next on the list is a good one:

The modern man does not have a serious girlfriend.

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You may only write responsibly!

Some of you may or may not be aware of a movement in the science fiction/fantasy writing world called, The Sad Puppies. Now in its 4th year, the puppies is an attempt to shine a light on the politicization of the Hugo Awards process. It has been very successful, particularly in stirring up a good old fashioned hornets nest of controversy. For the record, I stand firmly with the puppies, sad, rabid, or otherwise.

One of the contentions of the puppies is that fiction writing over the past 20 years or so has turned away from an emphasis on story-telling and character development to one of technique and correct political messaging. Style over substance if you will. It is no surprise that when you stop telling great stories in preference to lecturing your readership with the politically correct tropes of the day, that the readers tend to move on to other things.

I discovered a post titled Empathy and Responsibility in writing by one Alexander Freed. It is a startling article. I had to read it several times to really understand its meaning, (an indictment both of the message and the writer’s lack of ability). The article places the context of writing in that of the video game milieu, but in the worldview of the politically correct I am sure that this is applicable across all mediums.

The core message of the piece is this in my own words:

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Link it up!

A very happy Easter and Good Friday to all my readers.

It’s link time, which I haven’t done for a little while. Here’s what caught my eye this week:

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23rd trait – The modern man gets on with it.

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Next one for your enjoyment:

The modern man gets on with it.

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22nd trait – The modern man does not text while walking.

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Moving on to our next trait:

The modern man does not text while walking.

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We are tired.

And so another terror attack in Europe. Some more explosions, some more people die. Our leaders will wring their hands. They will talk about border control, and dialogue, and how we won’t be beaten and people are getting on with their lives, how security efforts will be stepped up. Fingers will be pointed at different government agencies. Perhaps a few sacrificial heads will roll. And always, always a supreme and unending effort will be made to dance around the demographic monkey that dare not speak its name.

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