There are so many things going on that I want to address, but getting home after 7:30 p.m. at night after being gone since 6:30 a.m. is making it dang near impossible. I find that at this time at night I am more apt to make spelling and grammatical errors. After a ten hour workday and a long workout, I am spent mentally and physically. Somehow I am going to have to figure out how to reprioritize so I can get home by 7 p.m. That is my goal - making that work so I can spend more time blogging and talk about issues that are affecting me.
I also want to start doing more reviews. It has bothered me for quite some time that I don't review comics very much anymore. It used to not be that way. When I started doing reviews for 4 Color Review back in the day, that is all I did. I very seldom did op-ed pieces and I certainly didn't focus on news. Reviews were my deal. Then I started my blog and felt like I had free reign to talk about whatever comic book or pop culture issue caught my fancy. This has led to me straying from my original focus. How I am going to get back to this is uncertain, but I am going to find time.
The best thing to come out of having such a busy schedule is that I watch a maximum of two hours of television a day. I used to average four to six, which is way too much. Now I focus on watching shows I really like and it makes me appreciate it that much more. Before I think I relied too much on TV. I am happy to focus on it less now. God knows that after a long day of staring at the computer it can't be great for my eyes to watch the boob tube. That makes me wonder if all the reading I do at night is not helping either. No wonder I wear glasses.
One thing that has been on my mind is the writer's strike. I am glad to see the writers asking for a piece of the pie. My biggest problem is that I am not very familiar with unions as a tool for change, as I have never been close to anyone that was in one until the last ten years. My exposure to unions previous to this was the UPS strike that almost killed our business over a decade ago.
That being said, the response of writers saying that they would like to write comic books or put an emphasis on it as an income leaves me a bit cold. It makes me concerned for the men and women who already make their primary living doing this. How will that affect their income? If a well known TV writer wants to get some money and get involved in writing, will they drop the industry like a hot potato when the strike is resolved? The cynical part of me is really concerned about this.
There is also a huge amount of division over the issue of feminism in comics coming to the forefront. I see so many folks talking about it from so many angles that it boggles my mind. I don't see an easy or quick resolution to this issue anytime soon. The one thing I do want to note is that it has been a bit more difficult to find "gratuitous" cover candidates. Whether this has anything to do with the issue at hand is anyone's guess. It may be that I don't dig deep to find a cover. My hubby has helped me in the past and I have stumbled upon a few. Lately because I have factored out certain series like Red Sonja and Witchblade, it has made it more interesting and sparser.
On that note, I am off to eat dinner. I am starving after a two hour workout!! Have a wonderful nigh!