Yeah, I wish I had added these to my Festive Tasks, but alas, I did not. Here are some that I want to keep in mind for 2019.
1. Do not damage a library book. I got a lot of library books this past week. One of the books had strands of blonde hair all through it. I almost gagged. Had to get some gloves, a napkin and clean the whole book out. How the librarian missed it is a question for the ages. I ended up going on a cleaning spree at my house due to how grossed out and dirty I felt after handling the book.
There was also another book that someone had written in I saw. Yes, there were typos in the published book, but guess what, you don't own it! Don't write in it.
This also lead to some people talking about how disgusting it is that people take library books to the bathroom with them. And now I want to wash my hands again.
2. Quit attacking reviewers/bloggers over ARC Reviews. Yeah, this is something that is going on right now. Some reviewers of a book mentioned a lot of issues with the ARC they received. Based on comments, the author pulled the book. Which led to cries of bullying and some people attacking specific reviewers on Twitter and elsewhere. Good lord, a review isn't bullying anyone. And a lot of writers and others not knowing what an ARC is a definite issue. No one forced the author to pull the book and people screaming censorship are exhausting. Does anyone remember the mess with The Continent? Bah.
3. Stop writing books centering on slaves/masters in a romance book. Or POC and Nazis in a romance book or movie. It's gross. I don't know how many times we have to have this debate about consent. But guess what. A female or male slave can't consent to having a sexual relationship with someone who owns them. And let's pretend to ignore all of the evidence out there about how women were raped. I saw that there's a Neftlix series out about a slave who travels through time to save her lover who is also her owner and I just muted that whole series discussion on Twitter after reading this because it sounds like a hot mess.
Then there was that whole mess with "Where Hands Touch." Once again, the director and others ignored and blocked those who criticized the movie and got really snippy about it. It sounded awful. I was initially interested in black Germans who were rounded up by the Nazis. And to my shame, it didn't even occur to me that black Germans were a thing back in the 1930s. Too bad the movie went toe deep into the whole thing and focused on a romance between a biracial girl and a Hitler Youth.
4. Quit telling me how the Republicans freed the slaves. Yeah, I had someone pop up on my FB this weekend after I posted about the nonsense going on in VA right now with Northam. He's been denounced by the Dems all weekend long and of course the GOP jumped on the bandwagon because hypocrisy is not a thing they get at all. And then an ex friend (after he got cursed out via the below commentary that I used to respond to his ignorant comment) popped up with saying how angry he is that Dems don't acknowledge how much the GOP has done for them and without them all black people would be slaves.
Did I mentally pull my hair back and take off my earrings? Yes...yes I did. Breaking down the history of America post-Civil War and discussing Jim Crow laws, separate but equal, the freaking Civil Rights Movement, how and why many black Americans moved away from the GOP in the 1960s and onwards and moving to modern times with the welfare queens, AIDs crisis, crack epidemic, incarceration rates, and Birthism/Obama. It did not go well for him. I regret nothing.