It’s crunch time on the novel, and from yesterday until it’s done (please God soon), I’ve decided to pretty much avoid all news from the outside world whenever possible. Two reasons: One, it’s distracting in a basic “oh look something I can read to avoid working” sense, and two, everyone is still screaming at everyone else at high volume and it doesn’t look like that’s going to stop at any point in the next month, so screw all y’all, I don’t need that when I’ve got a deadline to hit.
This doesn’t mean I’m going into a hermetically sealed glass box and will resent anyone who dares to inform me of what goes on beyond the frontier of my front yard. Some of it will undoubtedly leak in. I’m just not making any plans to seek out the news for myself. Hopefully it will work like I want. If it doesn’t, I do have a glass box. And I am not afraid to hermetically seal it.